The ancient context of ‘Hatha Yoga Pradeepika’ has clearly prescribed the benefits of Neti i.e. nasal cleansing in the simplest manner. As a yoga practice, nasal cleansing holds utmost importance for leading the purification of nasal passage.
Jala Neti (that is often regarded as saline nasal irrigation) is said to be the simplest way of nasal cleansing. The practice of Jala Neti involves the use of ‘Neti Pot’ that is filled with warm salted water, having a nose cone at the end of the pot. Through this Neti Pot, a practitioner allows the flow of saline water from nose cone to nostrils. While passing through the nasal passages, the water forces the breathing through mouth. No matter how intimidating the process might look to a beginner, it is certain that the practice of Jala Neti is not at all difficult or uncomfortable. Integrating Neti to your daily yoga routine is quite simple!
It is generally suggested to practice Neti once in a day time, but in case a personis suffering from cold, then Neti should be practiced 3-4 times a day.
The 7 Simple Steps of doing Jala Neti:
- First and foremost, choose a particular place and substance to perform Jala Neti. It is notable that Jala Neti can be performed with the help of a bowl, a sink, during the shower, and so on. Take the Neti Pot and fill it with warm water. The water should be neither too hot nor too cold. Do maintain the temperature.
- Mix a pinch of salt in the water to make it saline. As in while preparing the mixture of half a litre of water, you should use about one spoon salt. Using iodize salt for preparing the saline mixture is highly recommended.
- Place the nose cone in your nostrils and put a slight pressure in the pot. Try putting the cone straight up into the nasal passage so that there is no blockage. While pouring water, keep your mouth open and focus on your breathing. Keep it gentle.
- Tilt your body in a manner that the water in the Neti pot doesn’t run all over your face. You have to keep the nostrils fully sealed with the nose cone. Focus on the breathing process as the water passes down from either nostril.
- Before starting the process, clean your nostrils in an absolute manner. There should be no water or mucus left in the nostrils when you start the Jala Neti. Drying the nose completely is an important part of this process.
- Most of the time it is suggested to follow ‘cat and cow pose’ for effective draining of water from the nostrils.
- The dirty water that remains in the nose after Jala Neti is highly disregarded for all the adverse effects. It can cause nasal infection, cold and even sinus pain.
The many benefits of doing Jala Neti:
- Cleaning all the bacterial dirt and mucus from the nose, Jala Neti brings the nostrils at ease and comfort.
- Jala Neti can eradicate the chances of sinus cavities from your nose. It could reprogram the natural mechanism of dealing with severe nasal infections like fever, allergies, sinusitis and some respiratory complications.
- Jala Neti knows the secret of curing diseases like asthma and bronchitis.
- Through the merits of Jala Neti, you can easily bring your mind to ease. Jala Neti is highly beneficial for headaches, migraine, epilepsy, temper related tantrums, hysteria, depression, and so on.
- Jala Neti can also resolve several eye and ear related problems. It can improve the sensitivity of nerves, restoring sense and smell loss.
- Said to be highly beneficial for hormonal glands, Neti can improve the emotional balance of a person.
- Improve concentration, visualization and mind clarity with the help of Jala Neti.