The practice of nasal irrigation, known as Neti, has been used by practitioners of Yoga and Ayurveda in India for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Neti is one of the six purification techniques undertaken prior to the practice of yoga to help prepare the body. It is referred to in the original yogic texts known as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Gheranda Samhita. It is described at some length in the Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu Devanada, published in the USA as early as 1960. Some yogic teachers consider it valuable in cleansing the energy channels and baloancing the right and left hemispheres to create radiant, energetic health and wellness, which is the foundation upon which true yogic practice can come to fruition.
While there are advanced techniques using various herbs and herbal oils, the simplest technique, known as jala neti uses water (jala) for the cleansing process. Lukewarm water is used to gently open up the nasal passages. Use of a neti pot or vessel is recommended to ease this process. Advanced practitioners may use this pot also for the herbal or oil administration (Referred to as Nasya) as well.
Useful for removing dirt, pollen, excess mucous, and other irritants. Soothing and moistening to dried out nasal passages. Traditionally used as a purification exercise for the practice of yoga.
1. Prepare the saline solution and fill pot.
2. Tilt your head to the side.
3. Insert spout of Nasal Cleansing Pot gently into the raised nostril creating a seal between pot and nostril.
4. Raise the Nasal Cleansing Pot slowly to develop a steady flow of saline solution through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.
5. During the process breathe through your mouth.
6. Upon completion, exhale firmly several times to clear the nasal passages.
7. Reverse the tilt of your head and repeat the process on the other side.
Note: This information and the Nasal Cleansing Pot are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease and these statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. If you are suffering from any disease or illness, please be sure to consult your health care provider.
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