For countless years yogis have actually been taking Haritaki daily to assist their yogic path. It is so well known in lots of circles as important and totally necessary to the yogic path. In delving into the history of yoga, and yogic practices we discover that Haritaki is considered by many monastic orders in India to be the “King of Herbs”. These monastic orders include the ancient temple and monastery in South India, and the oldest Hindu spiritual group in the world, the Akhada that runs the Kumbhu Mela in India.
The yogi has a number of practices for reaching the supreme realization, likewise described as Samadhi, Nirvana or moksha. These require great clarity of the brain as well as great clarity in the body. Haritaki helps with this tremendously
In order to achieve this greater clarity, it is important to work on the mind, which is done through meditation. We work on the body through two different methods. One, we do breathing and yoga to keep the body tissue from building up residue that creates stiffness and bondage. Secondly we clear out of the body by cleansing the body. The yogic practices to cleanse the internal organs center around the use of Haritaki. Haritaki is taken as a powder or in capsule form. It is taken just before bed and after food to cleanse the whole system. It can be taken with water, or milk. My preferred method of consuming is as a capsule or if in powder, with yoghurt. This disguises the taste for me.