Hello, I am Yogacharya Gowrishankarananda the Acharya & founder of the Atmalaya® Ashram, Atmalaya® Meditation Program, and the Yoga Sadhana Foundation. This Blog is established to post various activities of the Ashram & its students. Through this Blog we will allow comments and questions to occur as well as offer advice for Spiritual Sadhana.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Ekadasi Psychic Cleansing Retreat

The Ekadasi Psychic Cleansing Retreat as taught by Yogacharya Gowrishankarananda includes a 5 day yogic fasting process, the Shankaprakshalana Gi Tract cleanse, the full Jala Neti nasal & sinus cleansing practice, The Kaya Kriya physical trauma cleansing practice, and the full Ekadasi 11 day psychic cleansing practice.

The Shankaprakshalana GI Tract Cleanse
This dhauti kriya is one of the mystical and coveted Shat Kriyas or Yogic cleansing practices. The specific version of this practice which is unique to our Paramparai also includes the Basti Shat Kriya as well. The word Shankhaprakshalana comes from two words, Shankha meaning “conch” and prakshalana meaning to wash completely. The Shankaprakshalana GI tract cleanse includes the 5 day yogic fasting process that serves to cleanse out accumulated waste products within the entire GI tract as well as to wash out worms and various parasites. The Shankaprakshalana practice allows for the other practices included in this retreat to take effect and be enhanced. Scientifically the practice itself cleanses metabolic acids and chemical wastes that cause Brain fog, fatigue, and physical stiffness; expect to experience a clearer and more alert mind.

The Jala Neti Nasal & Sinus Cleanse
The Jala Neti is the first of the mystical Shat Kriyas intended to cleanse the sinuses. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as several other Yogic texts attribute many beneficial effects to Jala Neti ranging from profound physiological healing for the body, mind and personality to even clairvoyance. They are particularly beneficial for all respiratory tract afflictions. The daily use of Jala neti removes dirt, bacteria, & mucus resulting in eliminating allergies, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and other upper respiratory complaints like sore throats and coughs, post nasal drip, as well as inflammation of tonsils and adenoids. Jala Neti also is beneficial for helping those who are giving up smoking as it clears out the sinuses and allows the brain to be de-programmed from the physical and psychological addiction. As well as nasal issues the Jala Neti practice is great for alleviating problems with the eyes by flushing the tear ducts resulting in clearer vision and a sparkle to the eyes. Jala Neti also is beneficial for ear disorders such as tinnitus and middle ear infections. It has subtle effects on the pineal and pituitary glands which control the hormonal system. This has a harmonizing effect on emotional behavior. Neti affects the psychic centre known as Ajna Chakra which helps in awakening higher states of meditation. It helps to stimulate better powers of visualization and concentration and gives a feeling of lightness and clarity to the mind.

The Kaya Kriya
Kaya refers to the body and the Kaya Kriya is an excellent whole body cleanser that relieves traumas & tensions. This Kriya should not be undervalued as it is indeed a very powerful Kriya belonging to the Kaya Kalpa rejuvenation practices shared by Ayurveda & Yoga. This practice has been attributed to the healing and recovery form severe automobile accidents and for those who have experienced falls from great heights.

The 11 Day Ekadasi Psychic Cleansing Practice
The foundation of the entire retreat is based upon this amazing and extremely powerful practice that is unique to our Paramparai. The Eka Dasi practice is not for the faint of heart as it does require a sincere commitment and through its cleansing results in tremendous energy. This Shakti Energy will be able to be harnessed for evolutionary pursuits now that psychic blocks have been removed. Have you ever come to the realization that when you thought you were over something or had dealt with it some 10 years later it comes up again? Well this is because there is still a psychic connection. The best way to describe the experience is by imagining that you go through life achieving progress as though through a number line. We move along going through point 1…2…3…4…5…6 then 12…16..17..25. and then we are stuck. This is because we had a psychic block to #7 and it needs to be removed. Once we can achieve #7 we can fill in the rest of the progression and accelerate our progress much more rapidly surpassing 25…and onwards! Warning! This practice is powerful and will even eliminate psychic connections that you have and may even want at some level. You will have to re-establish psychic bonds to family and Guru.

This entire retreat is one of my personal favorites as it provides so much benefit for me everytime I do it. Students have reported better sleep, Profound meditative states, & weight loss. I myself have connected more profoundly with my own Self and found this to be one of the major spiritual experiences of my life.

I encourage those students who have completed the retreat to comment below as to thier experience for the benefit of others.

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1 comment:

  1. Greetings and Namaste! My name is Yogashikshaka Devadas, I would like to share some of my experiences and thoughts about the Eka Dasi Phychic cleansing Retreat

    I have performed the Eka Dasi 3 times since I began studying with Yogacharya Gowrishankarananda Giri (lovingly refered to as Shankarji) almost 2 years ago. I have practiced it once when I first learned it with a group of other aspiring Sadhaks and 2 times on my own just doing the Eka Dasi practice (without the Shankaprakshalana, Jala neti, and Kaya Kriya.) Each time has had a distinct different feeling as well as amplifing that which I had experience in the previous exploration of this very powerful and multi-layered practice.

    In my expereince there is no subsititue for doing the full retreat and focusing on cleansing the entire body before begininng the Eka Dasi practice. All combined allows one to dive deeper into the experience and helps still mind & body before focusing on removing phychic attachments and blocks.

    I have found that when I did the full retreat it allowed me a deeper connection to my own Sadhana and I lost an amount of body fat, that I had held for years, shortly after. I also noticed that my physical body felt much more energized and renewed after continuing the Kaya Kriya daily for a week or two after the retreat.

    I find it very important to eat very lightly as one continues after the fasting and into the later stages of the Eka Dasi practice as after doing all that cleansing, why instantly fill the body with to much? For the nervous system is very sensitive while doing these practices, and that allows for a greater connection to the practice. Please don't deprive yourself!

    I feel Eka Dasi practice can be very revealing of one's past and helping one release traumatic or unpleasent memories from effecting them in the present moment. There are more subtle effects that occur but I leave those for you to explore!

    Overall these practices when used can give many beautiful gifts to the aspiring Yogi as well many different people; From those who want to understand themselves better to those who wish freedom from phyisical health issues. There are many gifts to be had by the sincere student! I encourage any who connect with even a part of this retreat to not deprive themselves of a beautiful experience!