Jala Neti, Water Neti, Water Nasal Cleaning, Neti, Water Nasal Cleansing
For doing Jala Neti, you need a Neti pot or a ‘Ganga Sagar’, as it is called in India.
This is a pot that has a kind of tube or pipe from which you can pour out water in a steady stream.
In India it was formerly usual for people to perform Neti Kriya without any Neti pot. They sniffed water into the nose from a normal Lota, a drinking pot.
Other practitioners drank water and then brought it out through the nose. Again others drank it through the nose and then performed Kunjar Kriya afterwards.
This nasal cleaning in different ways was previously a normal way of cleaning one’s body, just like brushing teeth and showering.
With the invention of the Neti pot the practice has become easier for people who have never practiced Neti before.
How to perform Jala Neti
You need a Neti pot, half a liter of water of a pleasantly warm temperature and about one teaspoon of sea salt. Mix the salt into the water.
Jala Neti can be performed in standing, squatting or in Utkatasana . If you stand, bend forward from your waist and then perform it. Check which of your nostrils is active and start from that one.
Fill your Neti pot with the salty water, and if your right nostril is active, tilt your head to the left and place the cone of the pot to your right nostril. It should have an ending of a size that you can easily insert it a bit into your nose.
Lean a bit further to the left side and start breathing through your mouth. Relax and let the water flow into your right nostril and out of the left one.
When the water is all out, take the pot away from your nose and sniff out the remaining water and mucus from your nose with force.
Repeat the same procedure from the other nostril.
After performing the Kriya from both sides, stand up straight, bend forward a bit and take five to ten breaths with inhalation through the mouth and exhalation through the nose.
If you still feel water in your nose, bend forward completely and repeat the breathing. Get up again and sniff everything out that is left.
Now you should tilt your head back for about 30 seconds, then to the left for 30 seconds and finally to the right for 30 seconds.
Again you sniff anything out that still remained inside.
Benefits of Jala Neti
Neti is one of the best Kriyas for cleaning the nasal and sinus cavity.
In our nose there is hair that catches dust and dirt and mucus that does the same. In this way your body prevents the dirt from reaching further into your respiratory system but obviously this dust then is caught in your nose.
Neti helps you to properly clean your nose from this dust, mucus and all bacteria which may be caught in that.
By this cleaning, Neti prevents and even cures infections of the nasal cavity, hay fever and other allergies, sinusitis, adenoids and post nasal drip. Even sore throats and coughs as well as inflammation of the tonsils can be prevented and healed.
If you suffer from asthma or bronchitis, Neti can relieve your breathing problems by opening and cleaning your nostrils.
Your nose is connected with your eyes, ears and even your brain. This is why, when you have a cold or flu and mucus accumulates in your nose and sinuses, you feel that your whole head is heavy.
You feel pressure on your ears and can even have headache. Cleaning that mucus can have a liberating effect!
You can thus get rid of headaches and migraines and your vision will get clearer. Your eyes get hydrated and thus you shine much more.
If your hearing ability is impaired by mucus or if you have pain, inflammation or infections in the ears, Neti might be a helpful practice.
It is even said to cure otitis media and tinnitus.
The cleansing of your nose also enhances the power of your olfactory nerve which is connected to our sense of taste.
This is why it is said that Neti improves the senses of smell and taste.
Jala Neti is additionally a great help for people who are willing to quit smoking.
Tips and Help
Take care not to pour water from the top of the pot on your face.
Do not force the pot’s cone too hard into the nostrils.
Drying the nose afterwards by blowing is necessary because it is not good to leave water in the nose. It can cause you cold or funny feeling in the head so better clean it out.
To prepare yourself for Jala Neti, you can practice Dirgha Pranayama and Nadi Shodhana Pranayama before.
After Jala Neti you can practice Kapalabhati Pranayama which will dry your sinus cavities.