Basti (hatha yoga)

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Basti is an important Shatkarma, a yogic purification, intended to clean the lower abdomen, especially the colon. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other sources[1] attribute to it many beneficial effects. There are two ways to perform Basti:

  • Sthala basti (aka Sushka basti or Vata basti), cleans the colon by sucking air in the body without the help of any catheter or tube.
  • Jala basti (aka 'Vati basti') cleans the colon by sucking water into the anus through a catheter.


  1. ^ Basti - Yogic Enema, in Yoga Magazine, a publication of Bihar School of Yoga