|Traditional and daily yoga practices for your health and healing
Jala Neti or Ayurvedic Nasal Cleansing
|Jala Neti or water nasal cleansing, the purpose is to cleanse the nose and sinus passages.
It originated in India, however, there are a growing number of people in Europe and North America
who have added this simple yet effective technique to their daily hygiene practice.
To do this you will have to acquire a special ceramic pot, called a Neti pot. The neti pot is filled with
lukewarm water and about a teaspoon of organic sea salt is added and mixed thoroughly.
The practice of Neti comes from India Ayurvedic and yoga traditions from thousands of years. The
practice of nasal irrigation aids in reducing blockage, cleanses bacteria from the nasal passages, and
the saline solution comforts and sooths inflamed areas. Aside from the health benefits from Neti,
from the yoga standpoint, it aids in opening up subtle channels allowing more energy and healing
energy to flow to higher areas or centers of the body.
The physical effects are the reduction of colds, hay fever, tonsillitis, and sinus infections. The subtle effects are the increased ability to preform breathing exercises or pramayama
|Nasal cleansing exerts a profound physiological effect on the body and mind. On the physical level,
irrigation of the nasal mucosa removes accumulated mucus from the nostrils, associated passages,
and sinuses. This allows air and breath to flow unobstructed through the subtle channels, the Ida and
pingala. The regular practice of neti maintains healthy secretory drainage mechanisms of the entire
ear, nose, and throat areas.
The physical effects are the reduction of colds, hay fever, tonsillitis, and sinus infections. The subtle
effects are the increased ability to preform breathing exercises or pramayama and helping to maintain
balance between the right and left nostrils. Your breathing changes between the right and left nostrils
ever two and a half hours, so keeping the nasal passages clean and clear helps to maintain this
balance and flow. Overall it helps to induce a state of harmony and balance throughout the entire
central nervous system, Ida and pingala channels, and the systems governing respiratory, circulatory,
digestive, and excretory functions.
What is Nasal Cleansing (NETI)?
|Make Neti part of your daily practice for health and well-being. By adding this
simple practice to your daily rutien you will improve the health of your sinuses ad
with use it opens nasal passages to improve breathing.
The practice of Neti may help if you suffer from lock nasal passages. Whether
the cause is pollution, allergic reactions, dust, pollen, or other environmental
factors this practice will aid in reducing build up of fluids which led to infection
and many problems from poor hygiene to the sinus area.
Neti Supplies for Daily Cleansing
Doctors and alternative health practitioners in the west and around the world are recommending the regular practice of nasal cleansing, using saline solution or a mixture of saline and herbal extracts, as part of a regular regimen of sinus health and well-being.
How To Use a Neti Pot
|The basic use of the Neti pot is for Jali Neti, or nasal cleansing. The ceramic pot
is filled with a mixture of I tsp of organic sea salt, fine grade and lukewarm
water. The Neti Pot, with the saline solution, is brought up to one nostril, closing
it off, and the head is tilted to the side to allow the lukewarm saltwater (saline)
solution to pour from the closed nostril through the opposite one. The use of
lukewarm water aids in opening up the nasal passages. In advanced yoga
practices, air may also be drawn through the open nostril and expelled through
This aids in removing mucus and build up from the sinus and nostrils and
helps to keep the nasal area clear for doing pramayama and breath work and is
an essential prerequisite for meditation, too. It is very beneficial in helping to
relive sinus infections and other conditions in the upper respiratory areas.
For certain conditions, one may add a prescription of various herbs, herbal oils,
or extracts. For most people the daily practice of nasal cleansing is all that is
required to maintain a health nasal system, combat germs and infections, and
assist in proper breathing.
Why Practice Neti or Sinus Cleansing?
|Today in modernized society, we receive a daily
bombardment of pollutants, allergens, chemicals, and dust.
These particles accumulate in the sinus cavities and nasal
passages where they can build up over time and cause disease
and illness of the sinuses and nasal areas. So It is very
important to keep nasal passages clean and free from
contaminates. In Ayurvedic medicine and other systems of
healing, the mouth and nasal passages to be the doorway for
The nasal passages are designed to trap particles and dust,
however, in todays large cities there is just to much air
pollutants for the hairs and mucus membranes to process and
control. It becomes overloaded and ceases to function.
Cleansing your natural filter on a daily basis helps it to operant
more efficiently. Neti cleaning allows our bodies to be
healthier & stronger, building/supporting our immune system.
Without cleansing your nasal passages, like any air filter, your
system will clog and misfuction over time due to the assault
from chemicals, pollutants, dust, pollen, and even fragrances
can take their toll. Reduce or relieve nasal congestion.
respiratory illness, and allergies. A clean and functioning
nasal filtering system is an important part of the bodies
immune defense system.
Add Neti Pot cleansing to your daily practice.
Therefore, yogis begin their practice of yoga by doing Jala Neti, which ensures the desired condition for regulating breath flow or pranayama. Jala neti is also responsible for the stimulation of the pituitary gland in the brain, which is of tremendous significance in yoga. This stimulation awakens the energy center behind the forehead called the Ajna Chakra. This energy center must be sufficiently stimulated for higher states of meditation.
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|Therefore, yogis begin their practice of yoga
by doing Jala Neti, which ensures the desired
condition for regulating breath flow.