My yoga journey is tightly connected with purification methods, detox and cleansing techniques. I dived deeply into yoga around seven years ago and was quite fanatic with purification practices. Nowadays, I cannot imagine to wake up in the morning and not doing my morning kriya (purification practice). It takes just few minutes and makes me awake, fresh and reborn. It's something I really want to share with you.
My morning starts with jihva dhauti - tongue scraping. This is one of the old yogic practices which are known as Satkarma kriya. With the tongue scraper (you can also use a tea spoon) I take out all the dirt coated on the tongue. In fact, by removing the coating and stimulating the tongue this helps to balance the heavy and dulling qualities of Kapha dosha (referring to Ayurveda system of 3 dosha's - Kapha means heaviness, cold, tenderness, softness, slowness).
Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up on the tongue, which, if left untreated, can lead to bad breath and may house a significant number of bacteria. This simple practice is a direct way of removing toxic residue in the mind-body and it purifies Svadhishthana chakra.
Gently scrap your tongue from back to the front, spit all the dirt and rinse your mouth with water.
Afterwards I use a small amount of fine sea salt to gently scrub my tongue, gums, soft palate and all the tissues inside my mouth. Than rinse with water again.This technique (dantamula dhauti) perfectly cleans all pores and residues of kapha. It brightens the mind and makes you surely awaken.
I mostly continue my morning ritual with jala neti - nasal douche. Cleaning the nose with a special neti pot. The Neti pot is filled with a body-warm saline solution of the same concentration as the body fluids (9 gram salt on 1 liter water). Good concentration of salt and the temperature of water is when there is no pain or uncomfortable feeling involved.
With this solution the nasal cavities are rinsed so that the salty water goes in through one nostril and comes out to the other. You can find detailed instruction on internet or YouTube. Always use a good quality salt - sea salt or Himalayan.
You will benefit from this method a lot. It removes dirt and infectious microorganisms from the nasal cavities and passageways, reduces the frequency and duration of colds, reduces allergic problems such as hay fever, improves your nose breathing generally and therefore reduces diseases such as asthma and bronchitis, increases eye sight, improves your sense of smell and taste, stimulates Ajna chakra, removes Kapha and has a harmonizing and calming effect on the mind.
My morning Kriya's are finishing with Chakshu dhauti - cleansing of the eyes. Using only fresh, cold tap water without anything else added. The flowing water magnetizes, activates Manipura chakra, cleanses the mind and the sight. It gives me a punch of energy every morning. I bend a little bit towards the sink, holding my eyelids with thumb and index finger and wash my eyes alternately under the tap for few seconds. You can also use a special eye cup.