What is the role of the shatkarmas in the overall scheme of yoga?
Swami Niranjanananda: In the proper application of yoga, everyone must go through the practices of hatha yoga, including the cleansing techniques, to rid the body of the toxicity accumulated at both the gross and subtle levels.
At Dhrti we help students to understand this first and basis level of practice of hatha yoga. There are special sessions conducted once in a month, at a different venue – Adhyashakti Yogadarshana – The Valley View Yoga & Retreat Center, Jigani, Bannergatta.
Students come on Saturday morning they stay for the whole day till next day Sunday morning and learn one by one the minor & major cleansing practices – Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Vamana dhauti, Jala – Sutra – Netra netis, Kapalabhati, Trataka, pranayama, yoga nidra, and simple meditation, karma yoga during their stay at the retreat. Saturday evening they attend the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Havan, followed by Bhakti/Jnana Yoga.