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But what's all this about keeping the body so clean? You take showers. You wash your hair. You use deodorant. You don't smell bad. Isn't that enough? Not to the yogi! Of course, nothing should become an obsession, but to Hindu culture, where yoga has its roots, the body is impure and needs some serious hygienic upkeep to keep it from becoming a hindrance to the spirit and an impediment to kundalini energy.

This cleanliness is called shodhana and consists of cleansing rituals, shat kriyas, for the body. Hatha Yoga also concerns strict observance of dental hygiene. Yogis not only brush their teeth but rinse their mouths, massage their gums, and scrape their tongues to keep them clean. And don't forget to visit your dentist every six months! (If you follow that yogi regimen, your dentist will be very impressed.)

Read on for more on some of the other shat kriyas.

Know Your Sanskrit

Shat kriyas (pronounced SHOT kree-yahs) are the purification rituals of Hatha Yoga. Shodhana (sho-DAH-nah) is purification of the body.

Know Your Sanskrit

Shat kriyas (pronounced SHOT kree-yahs) are the purification rituals of Hatha Yoga. Shodhana (sho-DAH-nah) is purification of the body.

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