What is Jala Neti?
Jala Neti is an ancient yogic technique where lukewarm water with a small amount of salt is used to cleanse the nasal passage very effectively.
Jala Neti Sanskrit is a word which means Nasal/Nostril Cleansing. Hath yoga recommends the six broad purification categories and Jala neti is one of the subcategories of the six broad categories. Hence, The purpose of these techniques is to keep you healthy and active.
Efficient procedure to perform Jala Neti
Generally, early morning is the best time to perform Jala Neti; however, other times are also suitable. Before starting this technique, we need
- A neti pot
- Lukewarm water with a small amount of salt.
First of all, prepare a solution of 1/2 litre water and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Remember that water will be lukewarm approximate body temperature level.
- Sit in Kagasana (squat). Keep a comfortable distance between two feet.
- Bend your back in forwarding position and tilt your head in the left/right side.
- Now take a neti pot that contains salted water and insert the nozzle of the neti pot in the right nostril smoothly. Don’t push the nozzle forcefully against the nostril. Just keep in mind that there should be no gap between the nostril and the nozzle.
- Keep your mouth open during the entire process and breathe slowly through the mouth.
- Gradually tilt your head and neti pot simultaneously in such a way that water can run through nostrils from the right side to the left side.
- Stop this process when half the water gets finished and remove the nozzle from the nostril. Rinse all water and impurities from nostril by breathing forcefully.
- Repeat the same process with the left nostril with remaining water.
After finishing the process, block the left nostril with a thumb and exhale forcefully (as in Kapalabhati or Fire breath) through the right nostril ten times.
Now block the right nostril and exhale forcefully through the right nostril ten times then exhale forcefully through both nostrils ten times. That’s why this is important to dry the nostrils
Don’t forget to add salt in water because saltwater has higher osmotic pressure than normal water and it will not absorb into the membrane in the nose. Not adding salt might result in the sensation of pain.
During the preparation of salted water, make sure that salt gets fully dissolved in water and there should no salt crystals remaining in the pot.
When you put a nozzle of the neti pot in the nostril, open your mouth for breathing purposes.
When you are performing, don’t tilt your head too much otherwise, water will flow through throat instead of another nostril.
After performing Jala neti, dry your both nostrils by removing excessive salted water.
You can perform Kapalabhati immediately after performing Neti to remove every single drop of salted water.
If you are not comfortable in kagasana because of back pain or knee pain, you can bend over from hips with knees extended.
Benefits of Jala Neti
Performing Jala Neti daily keeps your nasal hygiene and clean by removing dust, mucus, and bacteria.
Relief from Allergy and Sinus
The most significant advantage of Jala neti is it helps you to cure sinus infection and allergic reactions. Sinus infection is inflammation of the air cavities, which is present in the passages of the nose. As Jalaneti clean your nostrils, you will get relief from sinus for sure.
Jala neti can improve eyesight. Many of the problems related to eyes like irritation, night-blindness can be reduced effectively. It also helps to sharpen your vision.
Jala neti removes the mucus and dust from a nostril, which can deliver more oxygen to the lungs. Jala neti is a blessing for asthma patients. If you try this technique daily, you will find a noticeable improvement.
Smooth breathing is essential for lung health. Excessive mucus can obstruct the rhythmic breathing process. Jala neti drains out this excessive mucus.
Prevent hair issues
Increasing pollution and changing lifestyles have adversely affected the health of our hair. Here Jala neti is going to play a vital role in hair health. By performing this technique in the morning can improve your hair condition. It can reduce hair fall and protect the hair from becoming white prematurely.
Overcome smoking addiction
For those who want to get rid of smoking addiction, Jalaneti is a potent technique. Generally, smokers tend to breathe through the mouth. This technique reduces mouth breathing, and consequently, you strengthen the sensations of the nose against the inhaled smoke. Therefore the brain gets encouraged against psychological addiction.
Benefits on mind
While performing Jala neti, excessive heat from our body gets removed; therefore, it helps to lower the mental stress. Also, you will get relief from a head-related disease like a headache, migraine, etc. It can reduce anxiety very effectively. If you perform Jala Neti in the early morning, the concentration level gets increased
Say bye to cough and cold
Cough and cold are frequent, especially in the winter season. Both are respiratory infections and the leading causes of increased mucus production and cough. Jala neti takes care of both cold and cough by removing excessive mucus and keeps the respiratory system healthy.
Benefits on ear
People who are suffering from ear-related issues, especially hearing problems because of sinusitis, Jala neti is boon for them. Jala Neti can cure a significant kind of infections.
Because of the excessive usage of smartphones and digital media, insomnia is now common in the young generation. Jala neti is known to improve sleeping disorders.
Improve sense of smell
Jala neti can improve your sense of smell effectively.
Last but not least. Many people have diseases regarding Lungs, Ear, Nose, Throat, Eyes and many more. They are visiting doctors regularly and spend a lot of money to recover from these diseases. Unfortunately, in most the case, medical treatment fails to cure diseases of the root, and they never get rid of their conditions. Jala Neti is a boon for people, especially those who are suffering from Lungs and ENT diseases. Thus, Performing this technique will give more effective results than any medical treatment. So, instead of wasting money on expensive medical treatments, try Jala Neti once to get long-lasting results.