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Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli - Yogic Nutrition & Cleansing for Health and Spirit Paperback – Aug 4 2007
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Yogani is the author of the Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) system, including more than a dozen Instructional Titles available in Paperback, Kindle eBook and AudioBook editions, covering all aspects of Full-Scope Yoga Practice. Since 1970, he has crossed the lines between many traditions, developing an effective integration of methods including Deep Meditation, Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Self-Inquiry, and more. It is a flexible, scientific approach rather than a rigid, arbitrary one, and open to public scrutiny, as all spiritual knowledge should be nowadays. He has no desire for guru status - only to have the joy of making a small contribution to helping the disciplines of spiritual practice become open to everyone. He wishes to remain anonymous, preserving a quiet life in practices. AYP is not about the author. It is about all who long for knowledge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli provides practical, clear and easy to understand steps on how you can accelerate your spiritual transformation by cleansing and caring for your body. For those interested in knowing what else they can do, this well written little book certainly fills the bill.
A must read for anyone who has any questions or concerns with this part of their spiritual practice and/ or for their general health and well-being. Also of benefit for anyone including the most experienced yoga practitioners.
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Yogani has done an excellent job in covering various factors of diet, and explains why most "fad diets" fail. The concept that one diet plan will fit all is not practical and it is important to listen to your body when you decide to improve your diet. He covers what kinds of foods to eat, how much to eat, and ways to cook food. He explains the foods that help balance the Ayurveda doshas - vata, pitta, kapha. He also covers fasting, addictions, drugs and yoga, and talks about the relation between kundalini (specifically the inner processes of soma, amrita and ojas), digestion and diet .
In Shatkarmas he covers cleansing techniques for mouth, nasal passages and sinuses (various forms of "neti"), colon ("bhasti"), intestinal wash ("dhauti"), nauli ("churning" of the abdominal muscles), kapalbhati ("shining face" technique) and trataka ("steady gazing").
This book also covers detailed instructions for Amaroli (urine therapy) and explains the many applications and benefits this practice has in health and spirituality.
He finally puts all of the techniques together and describes how all of this, when done along with meditation and pranayama, will help us progress on our spiritual path, increasing our inner silence, happiness and creativity in all we do in life.
This book helped me understand how to listen to my body for cues on what kind of foods I should eat to pacify the various dosha flare ups that I seem to go through on my spiritual path. Light and nutritious diet along with eating smaller quantities do help a lot. This book also helped me understand the changes occurring in me with respect to soma and amrita. I have added the neti, nauli, kapalbhati and trakata to my yoga practices and they do help with the movement of inner energies and seem to enhance my practice by a lot.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for one place to find all the information required for yogic diet and cleansing in one book. Really awesome book.
The section of amaroli, while not a full investigation of its physiological effects on the biological and scientific level that some may require in order to take on this taboo practice, offers practical suggestions for how to get started and what to expect.
I really recommend this book to anyone interested in Yogic health and nutrition, and of course to anyone who follows Yogani's teachings.
The term "moderation" really fits what he teaches. With respect to diet, he meets mainstream Americans where they are at: On an obsessive quest to slim down, focused either on low fat or low carb. He moves from there in the direction of healthful eating, emphasizing self pacing and inner silence.
The section on Amaroli is both sensitive to the stigma issue, and persuasive in argument. And it is nicely dovetailed into his discussion of fasting. One little note gave me an Ahaa, like, "I was just noticing that!" When soma energy is rising, observes Yogani, it reduces to the volume of urine produced sometimes. When I was fasting and also doing a little amaroli recently, I noticed that although I was drinking lots of water, I was not urinating that much. Now I see that as related mysteriously to the process of soma energy rising.
The one practice I have never tried, but am now planning to do, since reading the book, is the enima. All the teachings are linked to core practices. Yogani also pays due respect to the spontaneous yoga which I like because I personally usually try intentional practices only after spontaneous yoga has pointed the way.
Many thanks to Yogani for another excellent contribution to his teaching series.
However, this complimentary book on Diet, Shatkarms, and Amaroli is suprisingly dull and lacking the detail found in Yogani's AYP book. There is a lot of redundancy throughout this book and between Yogani's other complimentary books. Seems like he needed to fill out 100+ pages with about 5 pages worth of real information.
The general premise of balance and steady progress is the core of this book as well as Yogani's others, and is very valuable. Where this book lacks is in the details. There is nearly no information beyond the general premise. There is no description of the traditional ayurvedic yogic diet, use of herbs, or insight into food combining/doshic balancing. There is even no mention of cleansing foods and building foods. Amaroli (urine therapy) gets even less attention, even though it is such an amazing and effective practice.
Unfortunately, Yogani just dropped the ball with this book. If you are interested in the yogic diet, I recommend Ayurveda and Panchakarma by Sunil Joshi or a Vasant Lad book. If you want Amaroli (urine therapy), read Golden Fountain: Complete Guide to Urine Therapy by Coen Van Der Kroon.