Vastra Dhauti

Definition - What does Vastra Dhauti mean?

Vastra dhauti is one of the Hatha yoga purification techniques known as the shatkarmas, which are designed to cleanse the inner body. The term comes from the Sanskrit vastra, meaning “cloth,” and dhauti, meaning “washing.”

There are six shatkarmas, one of which is dhauti. Dhauti is a technique for purifying the upper digestive tract, and vastra dhauti — one of several types of dhauti — is a method that uses a long strip cloth that is ingested and then pulled out.

Yogapedia explains Vastra Dhauti

Vastra dhauti should only be practiced under the direction of an expert. The yogi sits in a squatting position and slowly swallows the moistened cloth until only about six inches remain. The cloth stays in the stomach for up to 20 minutes, after which it is pulled out.

It is believed that vastra dhauti cleans the walls of the stomach and esophagus. It is also thought to be beneficial for:

  • Asthma and bronchitis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Skin problems
  • Indigestion
  • Those suffering from excess mucus, phlegm and gas
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