Some types of yoga view bhuta shuddhi
as a kriya. Kriyas are a series of asanas, breathing exercises,
meditation and mantras practiced in order to reach a specific goal. There are
many ways to practice bhuta shuddhi in order to purify the elements. One common method is chakra meditation, which uses bija mantras. This type of chakra meditation includes preparatory
yoga asanas and relaxation.
To perform this kind of bhuta shuddhi, begin with 15 minutes of simple
stretching asanas and some pranayama breathing exercises to warm up
and relax the body. Then continue with 30 minutes of
meditation on the chakras. Starting with the root chakra, work up the spine, allowing three to four minutes of chanting the
appropriate bija mantra. Continue back down the body through each chakra
with 30 seconds of meditation on each. End with 15 minutes of regular
meditation practice, focusing on either the anahata or ajna chakra.