This technique is also known as Gaj Karn. Gaj means elephant. When an elephant experiences nausea in the abdomen, it reaches the trunk deep into its gullet and sucks out the contents of the stomach. The technique is therefore demonstrated to us by nature. It helps relieve nausea when there is high acidity in the stomach or when one has eaten something indigestible or bad. This technique may also relieve food allergies and Asthma.
Jala Dhauti or Kunjala Kriya
Mix two litres of warm water (40°) with 1 teaspoon of salt. Stand upright and drink the water rapidly glass by glass. Bend forward slightly, press the left hand into the lower abdomen and extend the index and middle fingers of the right hand partially down the throat. Simultaneously, press the tongue down so that nausea is induced. The entire quantity of the water comes out again in half a minute.
This can be repeated once or twice each week and is best performed in the morning on an empty stomach.
Has a beneficial influence on high acidity, allergies and asthma. Eliminates halitosis (bad breath).
Do not practice this exercise with high blood pressure or glaucoma.
This stomach purification technique requires the use of a strip of cotton, 3 metres in length and 10 centimetres wide. First-time practice of this technique must be performed only with the guidance of a “Yoga in Daily Life” teacher.
Like Dhauti this technique purifies the stomach and helps relieve high acidity. It purifies the upper respiratory tract, and thereby eases asthma, and dust and pollen allergies.