Jal Neti Yogic Technique
Nasal Irrigation to Fight Allergies
A few months ago I detailed this wonderful Yogic technique for fighting allergies and improving your awareness in the the Monthly newsletter and today I would like to share it with all the readers of the blog, as I feel this is a great technique to use and employ during this high allergy time.
Spring is here now in the US and with that comes the dreaded allergies that many people suffer from. To help you all I want to explain an Ayurvedic/Yogic Cleansing technique which is excellent for clearing the sinuses and strengthening the subtle channels and membranes in the eyes, ears, nose and throat region. It is called Jal Neti or Nasal Irrigation.
Although at first Jal Neti might appear daunting (or disgusting :-) to do, I assure you after a few tries, you will wonder why people think it is difficult. This is one of the best morning practices you can adopt and it bestows a long list of excellent physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits.
Below are the details for practicing this wonderful cleansing and toning technique. If you have not tried it yet, I strongly suggest you do!
Tools Needed for Jal Neti – Saline Nasal Irrigation:
- Neti Pot
- Salt (pure sea salt is preferred)
- Warm Water
The MANY Benefits of Jal Neti – Saline Nasal Irrigation:
- Excellent for those with allergies, hay fever, etc.
- Excellent for those prone to getting colds and coughs.
- Treats other respiratory ailments such as sinusitis, asthma, etc.
- Good for the ears and eyes.
- Promotes awareness, intuition and clarity (yes it works on the Third Eye Chakra to do this :-).
- Helps with headaches and migraines.
- Promotes a sense of freshness and alertness.
- Calms the mind and senses. Promotes peace and tranquility.
How to do Jal Neti – Saline Nasal Irrigation:
- The best time for doing Jal Neti is first thing in the morning as part of your morning routine.
- Fill a tall glass with warm water, or if your Neti Pot is big enough fill it with warm water.
- Add salt to the water. The portions you should use are as follows. 1 level teaspoon of salt for 16 ounces of water (about 1/2 liter of water). This will bring the solution to the right level for the body to accept.
- Place the tip of the pot into the right nostril to form a gentle seal.
- Lean forward from the waist, open your mouth and tilt the head to the right.
- The water will start to enter through the right nostril and as you remain in this position, will start to flow out the left nostril.
- Breathe through the mouth during this time. Allow 8 ounces or more of water to rinse through.
- Then remove the pot and GENTLY blow your nose to expel the rest of the water.
- Once the water has been cleared out, do the other side. Water in through the left nostril and out through right.
- Again blow out the water gently once done and you can repeat the cycle if you like.
Jal Neti – Nasal Irrigation Tips and Tricks:
I regularly practice this techniques and want to share with you some important tips to help you with your own practice.
- Make sure the water is not cool and is not too hot. Luke warm will be least irritating. Also, modify the salt content slightly to suit your body. If all is correct it will feel quite smooth and comfortable.
- I have a small pot, so I mix the solution in a large glass first and then pour half into the pot to do one side, and then half to do the other.
- Keep everything handy as that will go a long way in making this a regular practice. Keep all the necessary stuff in your bathroom itself, including the salt.
- I want to re-emphasize that DO NOT blow your nose hard and do not pinch your nostrils when blowing out. This is counter productive and will send rubbish up into your ear canals and upper membranes.
- Keep a tissue with you as some of the water may leak out a few minutes after you are done.
- I bought my Neti Pot at Walgreens, but you can find it on Amazon or other Yoga stores as well.
- You can do Jal Neti more than once a day, although for regular practice one or two times a day is enough.
- Even though this does not sound like the most pleasant practice, it is really worth it and once you do it you will really enjoy the benefits and will soon be promoting it to others as well :-).