Jala neti- nasal cleansing

We understand that yoga has numerous benefits. It not only strengthens the body but maintains a certain equilibrium that keeps the body in harmony. With that in mind, let’s shed some insight on some yogic techniques that aid in combating ailments. One of such methods that makes the body disease-free, is Jala neti. If you are wondering what it is, then do read this blog.

1. WHAT IS JALA NETI

The practice of Jala neti dates back hundreds of years. Initially, it was used by yogis to remain in top shape and free from diseases. This exercise deals with nasal hygiene and does the activity of cleaning the nasal passage. As brushing deals with dental hygiene, in the same way, Jala neti deals with nasal hygiene. 

If we were to flip the ancient texts and manuscripts, we can find the references of Jala neti in the Hatha yoga Pradeepika. This textbook would be crucial for people that wish to study the quintessential Hatha yoga. Furthermore, Jala neti is also a part of the 6 purification methods, commonly known as ‘Shatkarma’. 

2. PREPARATIONS FOR JALA NETI

If you are someone that has been practicing yoga for a while, then you are familiar with that yoga is simple. You don’t need many accessories to perfect it. All you need is courage and willpower. Likewise, when you are practicing Jal neti, you’ll need a pinch of salt, lukewarm water, and a small neti pot. For those that don’t know what neti pot is, it is a small pot with a long spout. The sprout is small enough to insert in your nostril. 

3. PERFORMING JALA NETI

To perform Jala neti, the nozzle of the pot should fit carefully into your nostril. Make sure that the water does not leak out. The water should be at body temperature and mix a little bit of salt in it. If you experience pain, then seek medical aid.

Step 1: Washing the nostrils 

  • Fill the pot with saltwater and stand straight with the legs apart. Lean forward and close your eyes.
  • Tilt the head to one side and raise your chin slowly.
  • Inhale through your mouth and insert the nozzle inside the upper nostril.
  • Firmly press the nozzle of the port in the nostril.
  • Place the pot in such a manner that the water goes in your nostril and not on the face.
  • Remove the pot and let the rest of the water run out of both nostrils. 
  • Tilt your head on the other side and repeat the entire process. 

Step 2: Drying the nostrils 

Let’s take a look at the second step of Jala neti which is drying the nostrils. 

  • Stand straight and close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale and exhale through the left nostril at least 5-10 times rapidly. Repeat this process on the next nostril too.
  • Stand firm and then bend horizontally forward from the waist. Close the right nostril and bend the head to the right and inhale and exhale from the left nostril 5-10 times quickly. Repeat the process on the next side and end it by placing the head in the center.
  • Stand firm with your feet apart. Close the right nostril and exhale vigorously while bending forward. Come back to your normal position and breathe normally. Continue this process 5-10 times. Finish this process by opening both your nostrils.

5. PRECAUTIONS FOR JALA NETI

While Jala neti is an exercise that provides unparalleled benefits, there are some key points that you need to consider. Such points are given below;

  • People that suffer from high blood pressure should refrain from performing this exercise. 
  • If you feel dizzy when drying the nose, then do it slowly and in an upright position. 
  • Make sure that you don’t leave any water in the nasal passage as it might be prone to infection. 
  • Before you practice it by yourself, learn it from an expert. 

Thus, these are the things that you should know while practicing Jala neti. We hope that you will implement these ideas and enjoy a healthy life. 

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