Did you know that Neti (yogic nasal cleansing technique) destroys all diseases which manifest above the throat, cleanses the cranium and bestows clairvoyance according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
This simple yet powerful technique indeed does the wonders!
I remember taking my first yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh India where our first morning practice was jala neti. My course mate told me then that he found out about jala neti when he was diagnosed with a disease (I don’t remember the name) which causes eye sight to drop rapidly and eventually leading to complete blindness. The doctors told his disease is not curable due to its genetic source. So he was looking for an alternative methods to cure it and found neti. He told after half a year of doing neti daily his eye sight stopped dropping and remained at the same level. I was really impressed and always remember his story.
I am still daily practitioner of jala neti and see its results. I don’t get flu when almost everyone has it and I don’t remember what is it like when nose is running. I still have a way to go to clairvoyance though J
And now I advice it to all my students.
There is some more information from Hatha Yoga Pradipika and I totally agree with it:
- Neti exerts a relaxing and irrigating effect upon the eyes by stimulating the tear ducts and glands;
- Regular practice of neti maintains healthy secretory and drainage mechanisms of the entire ear, nose and throat area.
- Neti relieves muscular tension of the face and nervous tics and helps maintain facial youth
- It releases emotional tension and its beneficial in anxiety, depression, epilepsy and hysteria
- Neti promotes a balance between the left and right nostrils and consequently the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This induces a state of harmony and balance throughout entire central nervous system.
- The frontal lobes of the cerebrum responsible for the higher mental faculties begin to function optimally. Integration of the higher mental faculties leads to genius, intuition, creativity.
There are some precautions one should exercise: It is important to remove all the water after the practice so irritation of the sinuses and mucous membrane doesn’t occur.
It is advisable to practice bhastrika or kapalbhati pranayama after the jala neti. This will dry the nose and generate heat in the nostrils.
Be careful with practicing neti during the cold periods and going outside. Always make sure there is no water remaining in connecting nose channels.