Jalaneti | Cleanse Your Sinuses and Breathe Easy

Different forms of yoga yield various benefits to the mind and body. From healing conditions such as IBS and sciatica pain, yoga is a practice that should be incorporated into everyone’s lifestyle for the betterment of overall health and well-being.

Origin of Jalaneti

An ancient yoga technique commonly practiced in different parts of India, Jalaneti, or Jala Neti is a technique that is practiced daily to treat problems with congestion and certain infections related to the nasal cavity.

Jalaneti is a process that is so routine for some individuals that it can be compared to brushing your teeth every morning. Neti is part of the purification methods involved in Hatha Yoga and deals with nasal hygiene.

Benefits of Jalaneti

Jalaneti comes with many benefits to the body, primarily the nasal cavity.

Added benefits of Jalaneti include:

  • Removal of dirt and bacteria filled mucus from within the nose
  • Helps to treat illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis
  • Improves the functioning of the pineal and pituitary glands
  • Improves sensitivity of the olfactory nerves and helps to restore lost sense of smell
  • Has a cooling and soothing effect on the brain by drawing out excessive heat
  • Alleviates symptoms of headaches, migraine, epilepsy, temper tantrums, hysteria, depression, and general mental tension

How is Jalaneti Performed?

The following are the directions to perform Jalaneti:

  1. Add half a teaspoon of salt into a Neti pot filled with lukewarm water and place the spout of the pot into the left nostril.
  2. Slightly tilt your head to the right side and open your mouth. You will be breathing through the mouth during the practice.
  3. Allow the water to escape through the nostrils and adjust the tilting of the head as needed. Let the water flow until the pot is empty.
  4. Once the pot is empty, refill the pot and repeat by placing the spout into the right nostril.
  5. You have the option to repeat this practice as many times as you need.

Jalaneti Alternatives

Jalaneti can be practiced by using other ingredients such as milk instead of water and is known as Dhugdha Neti.

Other variations of this practice include using a waxed cotton string that is inserted in the nose and pulled through the mouth. In this practice, known as Sutra Neti, the nasal walls are cleansed from the motion of the string.

Both these techniques bring similar benefits to the mind and body as Jalaneti and all the ingredients and tools are easily available at most shops.

Quick FAQs

1. How many times a day should you practice Jalaneti?

You can practice Jalaneti around four times a day, but in order for this practice to be effective, Jalaneti should be performed before you consume your first meal of the day.

Updated by Siya Rajan on 06/10/2018

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