Basti (Yogic Enema) | Stage 2: progressive suction

In this stage a greater amount of water (or air) is drawn into the colon in order to bring about the best possible wash. The method is the same as stage 1 except that water (or air) is progressively drawn in with successive practice of madhyama nauli. The method is as follows: Take the same body pose as stage 1. Suck in water (or air) in the same manner as described for stage 1.

When you have drawn in the maximum amount of water release madhyama nauli and breathe out.

Hold the water inside by slightly tightening the anal sphincters.

Let your breathing and heart rate return to normal.

Then breathe out deeply again.

Do madhyama nauli and suck in more water (or air).

Draw in as much water as you can.

Then relax madhyama nauli and breathe out.

Retain the water inside.

Breathe normally for a short duration.

Then again repeat madhyama nauli and draw in more water.

Relax and breathe out.

Retain the water inside.

Repeat the process until the colon is as full as possible.

Then proceed directly to stage 3.


Stage 3: rotational nauli

The technique of rotational nauli (stage 2 of nauli) should be integrated with basti.

If you cannot do rotational nauli then you can practise either agnisar kriya, uddiyana bandha, bhastrika pranayama or madhyama nauli.

In these alternative practices the abdominal muscles should be rhythmically contracted and relaxed.

Rotational nauli is the preferred practice.

The method of stage 3 is as follows:

Stand up and hold the water (or air) inside the colon.

Do 1 or 2 rounds of rotational nauli both clockwise and anticlockwise.

This practice will loosen up stool encrustations on the intestinal walls.

Proceed to stage 4.


Stage 4: evacuation

Evacuate the water (or air) and stool mixture into a toilet.

Then do mayurasana or hamsasana.

These two asanas exert pressure on the colon and ensure full evacuation.

They also stimulate intestinal peristalsis.

Again go to the toilet and empty the bowels.

If the water is dirty then the whole process, stages 1 to 4, can be repeated.

This is the complete practice of basti -jala and sthala.

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