Yoga: The Yoga of the Physical Body.
Neti: Nasal Cleansing With Water.
For this practice
a special vessel called a neti lota is used (see diagram). If not
available, use a teapot.
Fill the vessel
with pure lukewarm water, neither too hot nor too cold, but at blood
temperature, suitable for pouring into the nose.
Add about one
teaspoon of salt per half liter of water, making sure it is completely
Insert the spout
gently into the left nostril.
Slowly tilt the
head to the right, so that water runs into the left nostril.
The mouth should
be open so that you can breathe through the mouth instead of the nose.
The water should
flow in through the left nostril and out through the right nostril.
This will happen
automatically, providing the position of the lota and the angle of
the head are correct and the respiration is through the open mouth.
Allow the water
to flow freely through the nostrils for about 20 seconds.
Then remove the
lota and clean the nose by blowing with some vigor but not too much
force! Do not blow so hard that injury results.
Repeat the same
process but tilt the head to the left and pour water into the right
Now the nose
must be completely cleaned and dried in the following manner:
Stand erect with
Clasp hands behind
from the waist until the head is upside down.
Remain in this
position for 30 seconds.
This will allow
all the water to drain from the nose.
While in this
position, blow vigorously through the nose 5 times.
Then stand erect
Close one of
the nostrils by gently pressing the side.
Breathe in and
out vigorously 30 times in quick succession, emphasizing the exhalation
to expel the maximum amount of moisture.
Repeat the same
process with the other nostril.
Then with both
If water still
remains, repeat the drying process until the nose is completely dry.
At the first
attempt, a slight burning sensation may be felt when water passes
through the nostrils. This is only due to the mucus membranes being
unaccustomed to contact with water.
Jala Neti a few times, this sensation will not occur.
The eyes may
also become a little red at first but this will not occur after a
who have a structural blockage in the nose and are not able to pass
water freely through the nostrils should do sutra neti.
- Daily in the mornings,
or more often for a cold.
The water should
only pass through the nose.
If any water
enters the throat or mouth, it is an indication that the position
of the head is incorrect.
Adjust the head
until the water flows only through the nose.
Make sure the
nose is properly dried after doing Jala Neti, otherwise, the nasal
passages may become irritated and manifest symptoms of a cold.
Do not blow the
nose too hard.
- Persons suffering
from chronic hemorrhage in the nose should not do Jala Neti without
Removes all the
dirt and bacteria-filled mucus from the nasal passages.
Aids in relieving
colds and sinusitis, together with various disorders of the ears,
eyes, throat, such as myopia, certain types of deafness, tonsillitis,
inflammation of the adenoids and mucus membranes.
Has a cooling
and soothing influence on the brain and is beneficial for hysteria,
epilepsy, temper-tantrums, migraine, and depression.
Gives a general
feeling of lightness and freshness in the head and removes drowsiness.
ajna chakra by stimulating the olfactory bulb above the sinuses.