Kriyas refers to cleansing techniques. Another term we use is shatkarmas, or 6 purification techniques. They are:
Dhauti is for cleansing the stomach and esophagus (food pipe).
Basti purifies the lower intestines and colon.
Neti removes particulate from the sinuses.
Trataka develops concentration by fixing the gaze on one point.
Nauli massages the abdominals and nearby organs.
Finally, Kapalbhati cleans the nasal canal.
We dedicate time every morning during our teacher trainings to practice shatkarmas. A clean body, inside and out, is necessary on the journey of yoga. Don’t worry – we guide you every step of the way and even hold your hand if you’re scared.