Digestive Cleansing

Date TBC
Time 9:00 AM
Location St Columba’s school, Douglas, Cork
Cost €60 (incl. breakfast)

To book a place, please contact Yogasutra (Sara Murphy).

This technique can also be taught on an individual basis in your home. Cost €100.

In this workshop, you will learn 3 simple but very effective techniques which cleanse and rejuvenate the entire digestive tract and the nasal passages, helping to increase energy, clarity and sensitivity. These techniques are gentle, self administered and entirely safe for most people. They are part of HATHA yoga which is concerned with bringing harmony and balance to the body systems and subsequently to the mind and emotions. Benefits of the cleansing include

  • Improved digestion, metabolism and elimination
  • Prevention of colds, flu and infections
  • Alleviation of asthmatic symptoms
  • Improved kidney and liver function
  • Mental clarity
  • Letting go of tensions

Three hours are allowed for the workshop but once you become familiar with the practices the 3 can can easily be completed within an hour. It is not recommended however to rush yourself, so best to practice at the weekend or when you have plenty of free time. The practices can also be done on their own.

The techniques taught are:

  • LAGHOO * - intestinal cleanse
  • KUNJAL - cleansing the stomach and upper digestive tract
  • NETI - cleansing the nostrils

*LAGHOO is a short form of intestinal cleanse and involves no special dietary follow up (except awareness). This is the practice recommended for beginners or for people who may not have the time or circumstances to stay with a special diet for at least 10 days.

SHANKAPRAKSHALANA is the full intestinal cleanse where almost clear water passes through the colon. With this practice it is very important to follow a specific very mild diet with certain restrictions. For this reason, it is best to try the short practice first and if you wish to go on to do the full practice this can be arranged at the optimal time. A private class can also be arranged in your own home if this is suitable.

All practices use mildly salted warm water. No special equipment is needed except a neti pot which will be available for use and for sale on the day. You can also purchase a neti pot in our online shop.

Some simple postures are used for the intestinal cleanse, which, if you are not familiar with you will quickly pick up on the day.

On the day of the workshop you should come with an empty stomach and should not eat late on the preceding evening. At the completion of the cleanse, after a short break, a simple breakfast will be served.

These workshops are held in a relaxed and social atmosphere with a background of uplifting music. For each person the cleansing techniques and their effects are experienced in different ways. You may feel increased sensitivity, and if possible stressful and noisy situations are best avoided for the day of the practice, at least. You may feel tiredness or a surge of energy, both are very natural.If tired try to postpone sleeping till the evening. If energetic take care not to tire yourself. In any case, it is an opportunity to be be mindful of how you are feeling. Having cleansed the system it is also a time to consider what you put into your body.


  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Warm clothing
  • Large mug
  • Bowl and spoon (for breakfast)

For good and detailed information about these practices, health benefits, and precautions, check the following articles:

Please contact Yogasutra (Sara Murphy) for additional information and to book a place. Bookings need to be made at least 10 days in advance.