Yogic cleansing techniques, also known as kriyas, are used to purify the inside of the body.
The two below are meant to cleanse the respiratory system, restoring
balance while cleaning away any unwanted muck (you know, like boogies).
These yogic kriyas have been around for
thousands of years and are actually more rooted in the traditional
practice of yoga than the sun salutation or stretchy yoga pants.
Jala Neti is
when salt water is passed from one nostril through the nasal cavity and
then out the other nostril. It helps to keep the sinuses healthy and
free from excess mucus. If you have chronic sinus problems, this might
be a really great practice for you to explore.
is the act of flossing the nasal passage. It is an ancient and
effective cleansing technique for both body and soul. It opens up the
sinuses, helping to improve eyesight while also removing excess mucus
from the nose and throat. Some say it also aids in clairvoyance. I think
this is true.
Sutra Neti is an advanced form of cleansing, I’m claiming this article
as show and tell only. If you decide you want to try it out, I recommend
doing it with an experienced teacher first. Jala Neti is pretty
accessible though so do your research and give it a go at home. Let me
know in the comments below how it goes!
many of us spend countless hours fixing up our bodies on the outside –
putting on makeup, tidying our nails and picking out nice clothes.
Purifying and cleaning the inside of the body is far more beneficial
than a pedicure or snazzy fringe. Sutra and Jala Neti might seem gross
or make you a little squeamish at first, but with practice, patience and
relaxation, cleaning out your nose becomes kind of fun!
Two sutras –
(a rubber one for practice and a cotton one for getting serious), a
little ghee, a Neti Pot with purified water and non-iodised salt with no
caking agents or additives.
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Creating some flow
Jala Neti is actually really easy. With a specialised Neti Pot, you run purified, luke-warm salinated water through your nasal passages to remove any impurities or
unwanted funk. I find it especially helpful when I’ve been in dry,
dusty climates or when I’m feeling a little congested. After flying or
being in air-conditioned environments, it always makes my sinuses feel
refreshed and restored. Jala Neti is a must before performing Sutra
Getting my nose floss on
This cleansing technique is called Sutra Neti. Always lube up the sutra
with some ghee (clarified butter) so that it slides in with ease. You
can also use coconut or sesame oil if you prefer. As you can see, I’m
keeping my cool, staying relaxed and being gentle. Once the sutra passes
through my sinuses, it’s easy to reach in and grab it at the back of
Nose flossing, yoga style.
After some slow and gentle flossing, you can see that I remove the
sutra by pulling it out through my mouth. This helps to remove any
excess goo and completes the cleansing cycle. It feels weird but also
really good, ya know?
The b side
one side is a bit of an ass hole. This side was stubborn so I had to
come at it from a few different angles about half a dozen times. Then it
got a little stuck in my throat and took a few extra moments to pull
out, at which point I began to gag, laugh, cry and dribble all at the
same time. It doesn’t look pretty but really, it’s not so bad. If you
freak out then it becomes a drama. But if you breathe, stay present and
relax, things get sorted out pretty quickly.
Looking a little dopey and soggy but all in all, feeling pretty rad. I
did one more round of Jala Neti and then enjoyed my Saturday afternoon
with happy, open sinuses.
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