Dough bastis are a way to nourish and restore balance to a specific site in the body, such as the back (Kati basti), knees (Janu basti) , heart (Hrd basti), or eyes (Netra basti). A special dough is prepared and then placed on the body in a circular shape to then hold warm herbal oil or ghee. The time frame the oil is held on the site is dependent upon the individuals needs and the location.
Bastis pacify the doshas directly at the site. They relieve pain, soreness, tension, bring peace and well being to body and mind. They also help deep seated Chakra issues. Specific oils are held in the dough basti and mantras are done directly over the chakras to help remove blocked energies and emotional pains in their locations.