Kunjal Kriya or Vaman Dhauti (regurgitative cleansing)


  • Wash the hands and make sure the nails are carefully trimmed.
  • Prepare about two litres of lukewarm (body temperature) water per person, adding one teaspoonful of salt per litre according to taste.

Technique 1: Kunjal Kriya (The practice of vomiting water)

  • Stand near a sink or toilet, or if the weather is warm, in a suitable place outside in the garden or near an open drain.
  • Drink at least six glasses of the prepared water one after the other, as quickly as possible, until it feel that the stomach cannot hold any more. It is most important to drink fast and not just sip the water.
  • When the stomach is full, the urge to vormit will occur automatically.
  • Lean forward, keeping the trunk as horizontal as possible.
  • Open the mouth and place the middle and index fingers of the right hand as far back on the tongue as possible.
  • Gently rub and press the back of the tongue. This should induce the water to gush out from the stomach.
  • If There is no expulsion of water it means the tips of the fingers are not far enough down the throat or that the tongue is not being pressed.
  • The more the practitioner relaxes into the practice, the easier it will be.
  • During the expulsion of water the fingers may be removed from the mouth although this is not necessary.
  • When the flow of water ceaes, again place the fingers in the mouth and repeat the process.
  • Continue in this way until the stomachis is empty.

Technique 2: Vyaghra Kriya (Tiger Practice)

  • While there is undigested or partially digested food in the stomach, drink at least 6 glass of prepared, warm, salted water.
  • Fill the stomach with water until it will hold no more.
  • Expel the water in the same way as for kunjal kriya.
  • All the food in the stomach will be removed.


This practice prevents burdening the intestines when either excessive amount of food or rotten food has been eaten

Technique 3: Gaja Karma Kriya (Elephant Action)

  • Drink at least 6 glasses of prepared, warm, salted water.
  • Fill the stomach with water until it will hold no more.
  • Stand with the feet a comfortable distance apart, bend forward and place the hands on the knees.
  • Relax the whole body.
  • Open the mouth and breath in slowly, making a whispering ‘ah’ sound from the deeper part of throat.
  • Simultaneously, contract the uper part of the abdomen just below the ribcage.
  • At the end of inhalation retain the compression of the abdomen and exhale.
  • If this is performed correctly the water should gush out of the mouth in a steady stream.
  • It is important that the body remain relaxed during expulsion so that the water is not impeded.

Time of practice

  • Kunjal and Gaja Kriyas are best practised early in the morning before breakfast. However, if it is very cold it is better to wait until the day has warmed up a little.
  • It is essential that no food e taken before the practice.
  • Vyaghra kriya may be practised three hours after food whenever the stomach feels uncomfortable. If the stomach has been severely overloaded or food has been taken it may be performed much earlier.


  • 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.


  • These techniques tone and stimulate all the abdominal organs by inducing strong muscular contraction in the stomach walls.
  • The problems of indigestion, acidity and gas are overcome.