Mar 26, 2021
Varisara Dhauti (cleansing of the entire digestive tract)
Location : Nawa Saraan Healing Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
aka Shankhaprakshalana or Varisara Dhauti (cleansing of the entire digestive tract through water intake, breathing and asana). Essentially, about 16 glasses of water are taken in as asana and pranayama are interspersed with every 2 glasses. This leads to defecation (expelling feces) which cleanses the digestive track.
The word shankhaprakshalana comes from two words: shankha, meaning 'conch', and prakshalana, meaning 'to wash completely'. The word shankha is intended to represent and describe the intestines with their cavernous and coiled shape. Traditionally, this practice was known as Varisara Dhauti, but nowadays it is better known as shankhaprakshalana. The word varisara comes from two words: vari, meaning 'water', and sara, meaning 'essence'. This practice is also a part of kaya kalpa, which is an ayurvedic technique for physical purification and transformation, kaya meaning 'body' and kalpa, 'transformation'.
- Keep the body warm
(Yoga Makaranda version) Removes and expels the deposits and impurities from the skeletal structure, and in all corners and joints and knots of the bones and nerves. It causes the body to shine and increases the jathara agni (digestive fire).
(Sivananda version) Physically, shankhaprakshalana alleviates digestive problems and tones the liver and other digestive organs and glands. It strengthens the immune system, reduces excessive mucus and purifies the blood. Shankhaprakshalana recharges the entire prank body, removes blockages from the nadis and purifies all the chakras. The harmony of the five pranas is restored and the energy level is raised.
Mentally, it calms the mind and prepares the way for higher states of consciousness. Any sadhana performed after this cleansing practice gives manifold results. Practice note: The five asanas which form the core of the practice activate intestinal peristalsis and enhance the cleansing process. When performed in the correct sequence, they progressively open the pyloric valve at the outlet of the stomach, then the ileocaecal valve at the exit of the small intestine and finally the sphincter which forms the anus.
Plenty of clean, lukewarm water should be available and also extra hot water in case the temperature of the water cools. Add 2 teaspoons of salt per litre to the water, so that it tastes mildly salty.
Food Preparation (after practice)
It is advisable to take a light, semi-liquid meal the night before undertaking this practice. Prepare a special khichari of good quality white rice and mung dal, cooked with ghee (clarified butter). The rice and lentils should be cooked together in water until soft. A little haldi, turmeric, may be added, but no salt. Finally, the ghee should be liberally mixed in so that the final preparation is semi-liquid.
The three components of khichari are helpful in the restoration of correct digestive function. The clarified butter is necessary to coat the intestinal walls until the body produces a new lining. The rice provides a simple, easily digestible packing material in the form of carbohydrate, and creates mucus, which also protects the inner lining of the alimentary canal. The lentils supplement the diet by giving the body an easily digestible source of protein, and make for an all-round nutritious meal.
A sufficient quantity of khichari must be eaten to reline the intestines and keep the walls of the gut stretched, otherwise they may cramp due to the absence of the bulk to which they are accustomed. This bulk not only maintains the tone, but aids the intestines to resume peristalsis. It is also important in order to prevent indigestion, diarrea, and constipation.
The khichari should be eaten at the end of the practice, after a 45-minute rest period, and again later in the day.
Perform the following 5 asanas dynamically, 8 times each in the following sequence. Do not rest between rounds. Drink 2 glasses of warm salty water after every round (so 16 glasses altogether). There should be a feeling of going to the toilet anytime during the 8 rounds - do not force bowel movement.
At first, solid stool will be evacuated, followed by a mixture of stool and water. As the practice progresses, more water and less solid stool will be excreted. Eventually, cloudy yellow water and, finally, almost clear water will be evacuated. Sixteen glasses are generally required before clear water is evacuated, but it varies from person to person. The speed at which one completes the practice should not be compared with that of others. The practice should be performed in a relaxed way at one's own pace.
- Udarakarshanasana - twists while on squat
Squeezes and massages the caecum (cavity where the large intestine begins), colon and rectum, and also stimulates defecation
After the practice, eat the first meal and rest.
Total rest is essential after completion of the practice. Do not take a shower or bathe. Lie down in shavasana for 45 minutes, but do not sleep for at least three hours after the initial meal. Sleep during this period may lead to physical lethargy and headache. It is important to keep warm during this resting period. Try to maintain mouna (silence). During this time the whole digestive system is given a chance to revitalize itself. Passing urine at this time is perfectly normal.
Khichari should also be prepared for the late afternoon or evening meal, about 6 hours after the first special meal. The stomach must be filled to capacity at both meals, even if there is no feeling of hunger.
After shankhaprakshalana the digestive system is very vulnerable and extra care should be taken to protect it.
For at least one month after the practice, all chemically processed, synthetic, pungent, spicy, acidic, rich and non-vegetarian foods must be strictly avoided. No pickles, sweets, chocolates, ice cream or soft drinks should be taken. Milk, buttermilk, yoghurt and all fruits, especially acidic fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges or pineapples are restricted. Alcohol, cigarettes, tea, coffee, betel nut preparations such as paan and any type of intoxicant or drug should not be taken. The diet should be as pure, simple and neutral as possible. It may include foods such as rice, wheat, bread, vegetables with a low acidic content, nuts, lentils and other pulses. Common sense must be used in thi s regard. After shankhaprakshalana the digestive system is very vulnerable and extra care should be taken to protect it. Warning: This practice should only be attempted in an ashram or yoga centre under the guidance of a competent teacher. All guidelfnes and restrictions must be followed strictly to avoid experiencing harmful side-effects. Those who are unable to follow these restrictions should not practise shankhaprakshalana. They will find the simplified version, laghoo shankhaprakshalana, more appropriate to their needs. Strong medication such as antibiotics should be avoided for one month. Regular medication can be discontinued during the practice and recommenced 2 or 3 days after the practice.For at least one month after the practice, all chemically processed, synthetic, pungent, spicy, acidic, rich and non-vegetarian foods must be strictly avoided. No pickles, sweets, chocolates, ice cream or soft drinks should be taken. Milk, buttermilk, yoghurt and all fruits, especially acidic fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges or pineapples are restricted. Alcohol, cigarettes, tea, coffee, betel nut preparations such as paan and any type of intoxicant or drug should not be taken. The diet should be as pure, simple and neutral as possible. It may include foods such as rice, wheat, bread, vegetables with a low acidic content, nuts, lentils and other pulses. Common sense must be used in this regard.
Strong medication such as antibiotics should be avoided for one month. Regular medication can be discontinued during the practice and recommenced 2 or 3 days after the practice.
People with heart or kidney problems, or high blood pressure, should not practise shankhaprakshalana. Those suffering from any medical condition should seek guidance from their doctor before attempting it, especially those taking medication. This practice should also be avoided during pregnancy.
Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana (short intestinal wash)
- Two litres of warm salted water should be prepared as for poorna shankhaprakshalana. Quickly drink 2 glasses of the prepared water.
- Perform the following 5 asanas 8 times each:
- Urdva Tadasana
- Tiryaka tadasana
- Kati chakrasana (variation)
- Tiryaka bhujangasana
- Drink 2 more glasses of water and repeat the asanas 8 times each.
- Repeat the process for a third and last time.
- Go to the toilet, but do not strain, whether there is a bowel movement or not. If there is no motion immediately, it will come later on.
- Additional practices: Kunjal kriya and jala neti may be performed immediately after completing the practice.
Time of practice
Laghoo should be practised in the morning when the stomach is completely empty, before any food or drink is taken.
Allow an hour for this practice. Frequency: Once a week is sufficient for general purposes. In cases of constipation, however, it may be practised daily until the condition improves.
On completion of the practice, rest for half an hour before taking any food or drink. Restrictions: There are no special food restrictions and no special food has to be taken following this practice, although a light vegetarian diet is preferable for that day.
Do not try to force a bowel movement; it should be completely natural.
same as for shankhaprakshalana
The laghoo or short method is intended to encourage normal functioning of the intestines. It is an excellent method of encouraging good bowel moven1ent and is ideal for regular use and for those who are unable to practise 502 the full version. Laghoo is recommended for digestive disorders and to flush out the kidneys. Practice note: Greater benefits may be derived by combining this practice with light food. Medication may be safely continued.
One litre of warm salted water should be prepared as for shankhaprakshalana, or pure unsalted water at room temperature can be used if the weather is not too cold.
The first 3 asanas of the shankhaprakshalana series are used:
- Urdva Tadasana
- Tiryaka tadasana
- Kati chakrasana (variation)
Quickly drink one glass of the prepared water. Practise tadasana 10 times and drink a second glass of water. Practise tiryaka tadasana 1 0 times and drink a third glass of water. Practise kati chakrasana 10 times and drink a fourth glass of water. Go to the toilet, but do not strain, whether there is a bowel movement or not. If there is no motion immediately, it will come later on. Time of practice: The TIK solution should be practised in the morning when the stomach is completely empty, before any food or drink is taken and before other asanas.
Once a week is sufficient for general purposes. In cases of constipation, however, it may be practised daily until the condition improves. Restrictions: There are no special food restrictions and no special food has to be taken following this practice. Precautions: Do not try to force a bowel movement; it should be completely natural.
This practice helps to prevent constipation and related digestive problems. It makes the body feel light and ensures a healthy intake of water first thing in the morning.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
- crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
- hot season begins March and lasts until June
- wet season begins July and lasts until September
- best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
- you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
- to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
- get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
- shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
- for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
- FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
- North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
- Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
- Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
- B60 Chiang beer
- B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
- B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
- B50 noodle soup with meat
- B50 coffee
- B40 pad thai
- B30/kilo wash-only laundry
- B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
- B100-150 dorm bed/night
- B250 fan room/night
- B30 internet cafe/hour
- B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
- B130-150 Movies weekdays
- B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
- B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
- B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
- B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
- B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)
- B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
- B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
- B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
- B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
- B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
- B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B50 red taxi fare from point to point
- B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city
- B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
- B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
- B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
Chiang Mai Trains by Train36.com
- Chiang Mai trains for Bangkok - 2 day trains, 3 night trains, daily schedule
- Train 14 to Bangkok - departs 5pm daily, arrives BKK 6:15am, 1st class and 2nd class sleeping accomodation, Special Express
- Chiang Mai trains to other destinations -
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train from Bang Sue Train Station
For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)
(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)
- take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
- Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
- daily train schedule:
- 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
- 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
- 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
- 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
- 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Loei to Chiang Mai by Bus
- From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
- As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
- The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
- Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
- Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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Travel Tips for Thailand
How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days
- Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
b) flight booking to Thailand
c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
d) filled-in tourist visa form
e) 2 passport pictures
f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
g) passport with at least 6 months validity
- After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
- NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.
60-Day Thai Tourist Visa
NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.
- bring the following to the Immigration Office:
a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
b) Baht 1900
c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
- submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
- when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
- when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
- when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.
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General Travel Tips
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
- power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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