Ayurvedic Treatment

Nauli (Abdominal Massaging)

Preparation

Stage 1: Madhyama nauli (Central abdominal contraction)

  • Stand with the feet about a meter apart.
  • Take a deep breath in through the nose and then exhale through the mouth, emptying the laugs as much as possible.
  • Bend the knee slightly and lean forward, placing the palms of the hands on the thighs just above the knees.
  • The fingers may point either inwards or outward. The weight of the upper body should rest comfortably on this area above the knees. The arms should remain straight.
  • Perform jalandhara bandha while mantaining bahir kumbhaka, external breath retention.

Stage 2: Vama nauli (Left isolation)

  • Follow the instruction from madhyama nauli as described above, to the point where the lower abdomen is contracted above, and the rectus abdominii muscles from a central, vertical arch down the abdomen.
  • Isolate the rectus abdominii muscles at the left side.
  • Contract the muscles to the left side as strongly as possible without straining .
  • Return to the madhyama nauli.

Stage 3: Dakshina Nauli (Right Isolation)

  • Same as in stage 2...
  • consider all left points as right.

Stage 4: Abdominal rotation or churning

  • This practice should not be attempted until the previous three stages have been mastered.
  • Practise vama nauli, then rotate the muscles to the right, dakshina nauli, and back to left, vema nauli.
  • Continue rotating the muscles from side to side. this process is known churning.
  • Next start with dakshina nauli first, this time rotating the muscles from right to left, left to right 3 times consecutively.
  • Then perform madhyama nauli madhyama nauli, isolating the muscles at the center.
  • Raise the head and return to the upright position.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply, allowing the abdomen to expand.
  • this is one round.
  • Relax in tne upright position until the heartbeat returns to normal.

Time of Practice

  • Nauli should be perctised anly when the stomach is completely empty, at least 5 to 6 hours after the meals.
  • The best time to practise is early in the morning before any food or drink is taken

Duration

  • Start with 5 rounds of madhyama nauli and work up to 10. Vama and dakshina nauli should be performed together; 5 to 10 rounds each.
  • Start abdominal churning with 5 to 10 rotation and slowly increase to 25 rotations over a period of months as more control is gained over the muscles. Do not strain.

Benefits

  • Nauli massage and tones the entire abdominal area including muscles, nerves, intestines, reproductive, urinary and exceretory organs.
  • It generates heat in in the body and stimulates appetite, digestion, assimilation, absorption and excretion.
  • It helps to balance the adrenal component of the endocrine system.

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