This practice is not
difficult at all and is not as awful as many people first think.
It is in no way similar to the experience of being sick when the
stomach is rejecting food or when you've overdosed on alcohol! Some
people do it very easily first off, and some people have a bit of
trouble the first few times.
Many who have trouble
getting the water down, or getting the water to come up, have nothing
but a mental problem with it. They believe it is a negative thing
to vomit or "be sick". But this technique is not being "sick". It
is just stomach washing! Many people have childhood memories of
being ill from bad food or a stomach bug. Some have memories of
drunken binges where the stomach has had to vomit to protect itself
from overload! They often say - " I've never liked being sick" (well
who has???) or "my mother used to make me drink Castor oil" or something
like that. At some level there is a psychological blockage to the
concept, but once they see others going about it easily, they loosen
up and it happens much more easily. For this reason Kunjal and other
yoga cleansing is best learned in a retreat situation. It may take
a few attempts, but eventually the barriers will collapse and it
is discovered not to be as bad as they thought.
The connection between
stomach tension and the emotions is clearly obvious in those who
have difficulties with Kunjal. Instinctively, such people suspect
they might have a bit of a cry when this tension is released. They
may be afraid to show their feelings in front of others, or they
may have years of repressed feelings they just can't face in themselves.
They consider doing Kunjal would be "a very brave thing for me to
do" and afterwards they say "I feel more strong and self confident
now". For such people, a short relaxation or Yoga Nidra beforehand,
along with some Full Yogic Breathing, will help to allay the reticence,
the fears, and to relax the emotions and the stomach.
Sometimes small traces
of dead blood cells, food and mucus may colour the water which comes
out, but this is not any danger. Over time the water will become
clearer. Sometimes a small amount of blood may come at the end.
This is usually only the result of a small broken blood vessel and
is no cause for concern. With time and practise the capillaries
will strengthen and not burst under such conditions (which indicates
better health of the stomach lining has come about).