Dear Friends, Namaste!
Through this article I wish to make people aware about the benefits of JAL NETI, techniques, precautions and myths associated with this Kriya. If you perform this regularly, I can assure you that you will never take medicines for your ENT related issues and you will finally say good bye to your Sinusitis or related problems. There are three stages of Jal Neti. In this article I will explain first stage of Neti which can be performed by beginners. So read on…
Before explaining process of Neti, it is important to mention why we need to do it.
Most of the people do not pay much attention to the nose and ignore importance of right breathing. Surprisingly, we breathe 18 to 20 thousand times a day and our Nose is constantly working 24 hours to get the air in and out of the nose. It is important to note that Nose does much more than simply letting the air in and out. It filters, moisturizes, directs the airflow, warms the air, registers the senses of smell, brings in oxygen, creates mucus, provides a route of drainage for the sinuses and affects the nervous system. It has a number of other functions, too, but these are the best understood.
Mucus which is considered as nuisance, actually performs vital functions such as picking up dust and debris and carrying it out of the nose. But we cannot allow to build up much of Mucus or dry it out completely or accumulate in our systems as it carries bacteria, viruses, fungi and other floating materials in the air that can invade the delicate tissues of the Nose and cause infection. In order to keep the Nasal cavities clean, a cleaning mechanism need to be adopted on a regular basis. Jal Neti is an effective way to clean nasal cavities and to drain out bacteria filled mucus from the nose.
There is no doubt that regular cleaning of Nasal cavity is utmost important in order to keep yourself away from sinuses related problem such a sinusitis and other ailments associated with ENT region.
What is Jal Neti (Nasal wash):
Jala Neti is an ancient Indian yoga technique and part of Shatkarma purification Kiryas. Jal Neti is technique wherein you can wash your nasal cavities with lukewarm saline water using NETI POT. Neti is ideally should be performed empty stomach in the morning followed by Paranayama (Breathing Exercises). It can also be performed at the end of the day in case you work in a polluted environment and feel need for it. Neti can also be performed during the day but should always be performed before meal/empty stomach as some breathing exercises involving fast stomach moment (Kapalbhati) are required to perform post Jal Neti in order to drain out excess water completely from the Nose.
Benefits of Jal Neti:
- Neti cleanses bacteria filled mucus and restores heath to the internal sinuses passages.
- Neti is beneficial for asthma and bronchitis as it reduces the tendency for mouth breathing by freeing the nostrils of mucus.
It has a cooling and soothing effect on the brain by drawing out excessive heat, and is therefore beneficial for headaches, migraine, epilepsy, temper tantrums, hysteria, depression and general mental tension.
- It also helps to drain the sinus cavities. This in turn, will help to re-programme the body’s natural mechanisms against nasal infections such as allergies, sinusitis and other upper respiratory complaints like sore throats and coughs, post nasal drip, inflammation of tonsils and adenoids.
- Neti is of great benefit for problems associated with the eyes. It helps flush the tear ducts, encouraging clearer vision and gives a sparkle to the eyes.
- It can be beneficial for certain types of ear disorders.
- It Improves sensitivity of the olfactory nerves, helping to restore lost sense of smell, and thereby benefits the relationship with taste and the digestive processes.
- It has subtle effects on the pineal and pituitary glands which control the hormonal system. This has a harmonizing effect on emotional behavior.
- Neti affects the psychic center known as Ajna Chakra which helps in awakening higher states of meditation.
- In yoga, breathing freely though both nostrils also said to aid harmonizing the active and passive systems of the body, and so the Neti has be found to be a helpful practice before meditation.
Neti is excellent for those trying to give up smoking. Since it reduces the tendency for mouth breathing, Neti re-sensitises the nose to the actual pollution of ingesting smoke, thereby de-programming the brain of the physical and psychological addiction.
Techniques of Jal Neti:
What you need:To perform Net, you need following:
- Neti Pot;
- 1/2 tsp Rock Salt; and
- 500 ml Lukewarm water.
Process of Jal Neti:
Take lukewarm saline water in a Neti pot and hold it in your right hand. Stand and bend forward in 60-degree angle or sit in squat position. Open your mouth. Bring the spout of the nose to the right nostril with the head tilted towards left, raise the pot slightly. Breath passively from the mouth and do not breath from your nose.
As the water flows through the right nostril, make slight adjustment with your Neti pot, if necessary, to allow the water to flow out of the other nostril.
Once the pot empties, blow the excess water through both nostrils to clear the nose of excess water and mucus.
Now repeat the same process with left nostril.
Things to remember:
- Take 500 ml lukewarm water similar to your body temperature.
- Take 1 tsp Rock Salt for 500 ml water. Iodized salt is unnatural and harmful.
- The water should be same salty as your tears. During the initial practices you may feel some irritation if the salt component is not proper but gradually it will not impact you much.
- Do not close one nostril when blowing water out as this could force the water back into the ear.
- Do not breath from the nose while doing Neti.
- After Jal Neti, Stand up and lean forward in 45-degree angle, keep both the palm on your knees, perform KAPALBHATI at least 20 times to blow excess water. Turning the head to either side while doing so could aid this process as well. While performing this you can breathe from the mouth.
- Now you can perform SHISHUASANA (child pose) for a minute to drain out remaining water.
Jal Neti should be followed by below Pranayama(s):
- Start your session with OAM chanting 3 times.
- Kapalbhati: (3 rounds of 30 to 90 strokes, fast as much as you can do, ideally 2 stokes in every second. Take 10 long ujjai breath after each round to relax your nervous system);
- Anulom Viloma/alternate Nostril Breathing: (3 to 5 minutes – further increase gradually upto 10-15 min);
- Bhastrika : (Three round of 20 strokes followed with 5 ujjai breath after each round);
- Bhramri (6 times – further increase gradually upto 11-12 times).
- Shavasana (corpus pose for 5 to 10 minutes);
End your session with OAM chanting 3 times & Shanti Mantra. Sit for couple of minutes and just observe your breath and feel vibrations in your body.
- Neti should not be performed in case of severe cold, blocked or bleeding Nose.
- Neti should be performed early in the morning with empty stomach.
- In case of medical condition, seek your doctor’s advice before initiating Neti.
- First time it should be performed under expert guidance.
Personal experience and benefits so far:
I am a certified yoga counselor and practicing yoga since last one decade. I have seen many people whose sufferings vanished through regular performance of Jal Neti and pranayama. It looks like a difficult process but actually it is not. People have fear of putting water into their nostril, but believe me it is absolutely easy and there are no side effects. The process is tested and endorsed by millions of rishis in ancient times and still hold good for people of modern times. Believe in Yogic way of living and stay away from diseases.
Author : Arun Gupta