Jala Neti (saline nasal irrigation) is a cleansing practice of the nose passages with warm saline water.
Yogis have practiced it for centuries for its innumerable and powerful benefits.
A special NETI POT (also known as Neti Lota) is used.
• Nasal cleansing can be performed over a sink, a bowl on a table, in the shower or outside.
First fill the Neti Pot with warm water of a temperature suitable for pouring in the nose. Neither too hot or cold. Just like testing a baby’s bottle, pour a bit on your arm or taste and spit to check the temperature. A little hotter than warm is better than colder. Pure water is best if available. Mix in salt to the proportion of one teaspoon for half a liter of water. This equates to 0.9% and is called isotonic solution – the same as human blood. Mix the salt thoroughly. Taste the water and spit, to be sure of the correct mix and temperature. It will not be as salty as sea water. Adjust if not correct.
• Place the nose cone into the left nostril, sealing it inside the nostril with a few twists and slight pressure. Try to point the spout straight up in line with the nasal passage so as not to block off the tip of the nozzle on the inside of the nose. Open your mouth and breathe gently through the mouth. Try not to sniff, swallow, laugh, talk or have any movement of air through the nose whilst the water is flowing through.
• Now slowly bend forward from the waist so that the tip of the nose is the lowest point of the head; and then tilt/roll the head to the right, so that the right nostril is now the lowest point of the nose. Tilt slowly so that water doesn’t run out the top of the pot onto your face. Keep the nose cone fully sealed into the left nostril so that it doesn’t leak. Keep on mouth breathing whiles the water comes through. Just wait a few seconds and the water should run out the right nostril. After the water begins to run, wait about 30 seconds for about half a pot to flow right to right, and then remove the pot and stand up.
• Before changing sides, blow out gently through both nostrils (altenativately blocking them) to clear water and mucus from the nose.
• Repeat steps 2 & 3 as above, but with the nose cone entering the right nostril and the flow of water going right to left. After the pot runs dry, stand up, blow out gently through both nostrils and then prepare to dry out the nose.
Drying the nose properly is a very important part of the practice. Never neglect to do this part properly.
• First bend forwards from the waist and hang the head upside down with the nose pointing towards the floor, letting any residual water drain from the nose. Then point the nose towards the knees. In each position, gently breathe in the mouth and out the nose about 10 times. A few droplets of water may run down.
• Then stand up to do some rapid breathing through the nostrils. First, do 10 breaths through both nostrils together, sniffing in and out moderately with a bit more emphasis on the exhalation. Then close off the right nostril with one finger and do 10 rapid sniffing breaths through the left nostril only. Then do 10 sniffing breaths through the right nostril only. Finally, do 10 breaths again through both nostrils together. This should clear and dry the nose. If it feels as if there is still some water in there, repeat the whole drying process again.
If the nose is severely blocked with cold or bleeding or infected internally, then avoid this kriya (cleansing process).
Practice Jala Neti twice or three times a week is enough.
Jala Neti benefits:
• Immediate relief from respiratory disorders like sinusitis, allergy, asthma, hay fever etc.
• Neti helps to re-program the body’s natural mechanisms against respiratory complaints including sore throats, coughs, postnasal drips etc.
• It cures problems associated with the eyes and ears such as certain types of deafness, tinitis and myopia.
• It stimulates better powers of visualization and concentration and gives a feeling of lightness and clarity to the mind.
• It has soothing effect on the brain, so it gives relief from headaches, migraine, depression and mental tensions.
• On a higher plane, it is very effective for meditation as it works on the subtle effects of the olfactory bulb, and the psychic center, which is known as the Ajna Chakra in yoga.
• It is excellent if you are trying to give up smoking. It reduces mouth breathing and re-sensitizes the nose to the indecency and discomfort of ingesting smoke, therefore deprogramming the brain of the physical and psychological addiction.
Also cures snoaring during sleep.
Jalaneti is feared as a complicated yoga process which is only practiced by yogis of highest order. But, in reality, it is too simple and has no complications.It is natural and has no side effects.