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If you are familiar with the structure and the internal working of the nasal cavity, it may seem stupid to pour salt water through your nose. Below we have mentioned the process of how things work.
basics of Jala Neti

The basics of Jala Neti

If you are familiar with the structure and the internal working of the nasal cavity, it may seem stupid to pour salt water through your nose. Below we have mentioned the process of how things work.

The first layer of nasal defense is the tiny hair called "cilia" which traps any large particles entering the nose. The cilia can be cleaned while breathing and by blowing the nose. But sometimes, breathing and blowing are not enough; in that case, you need to wash out the nasal cavity. The nasal passage, right from the nose tip to the throat is covered with a layer of mucus which is secreted from within the mucus lining. The purpose of the mucous lining is to trap small external particles and bacteria. This mucus is either blown out, coughed out, snorted or just swallowed. read more

How to dry your nose?

Once you are done with the neti kriya, it is very important to dry your nose as well. Never neglect this step and perform it properly. People with high blood pressure should be extra careful while performing this part.

Drying the nose properly is a crucial part of the neti kriya, or else you may catch a cold. For this purpose, follow each of the mentioned steps one after another:

Forward Bending

Bend forward from the waist, so that your head hang upside down with the nose pointed towards the floor. Allow any residual water to drain out of the nose. Now point the nose towards the knees. In each posture, gently breathe in through the mouth and out of your nose about 10 times. A few drops of water may come out of your nose.

Breathing technique

Select a comfortable spot and sit straight with your spine erect. Place your hands on the knees with palms facing the sky. Now take a deep breath and start exhaling. As you exhale, pull your stomach in towards the spine. As you breathe in, allow the lungs to fill in with air and relax the abdomen. Practice this particular one for 10 breaths.

Rapid sniff breathing

Practice continuous rapid sniffing for at least ten times through both the nostrils alternatively by closing one nostril at a time with one finger. At last, perform ten breaths again from both nostrils together. This process with completely dry your nose after the neti kriya.

The right tool to perform neti kriya

The correct and the only way to perform Jala Neti and to get maximum benefits with it is by using a neti pot. Neti pot is a small pot with a spout, through which the water flows into the nasal area. The spout is inserted into one nostril and the water starts flowing in. There are a variety of Neti pots available in the market, made out of different material such as ceramic, stainless steel, plastic and copper. Neti pots are available in most health stores and are readily available on a number of online stores selling yoga or healthcare products.

In order to create a vacuum and to make sure that the water flows in smoothly without any air blockages, you must use a special spout. When a vacuum is created, the water flows into the nostril at the correct pressure.

The water used for performing the Jala Neti should be of a certain minimum quantity - so that the nasal passage gets irrigated properly and to create the required pressure. This means that the one performing it should at least take a predetermined quantity of water.
There are a lot of people who have used bowls, teacups, ketchup bottles and even garden hoses for this purpose. Obviously, the results obtained are nothing like you would get with a neti pot and they end up blaming the process.

But there is no point in not getting a neti pot as these are fairly cheap and easy to get.

However, there are certain points which you need to keep in mind before getting your choice of neti pot.

The neti pot you select should hold at least 500 ml of water. This one is very important if you want to create the required pressure.
The spout should have a tapered end which plugs the inlet nostril. This creates the required vacuum and prevents spillage.
Though not necessary, the neti pot should be preferably unbreakable as you might drop it several times while practicing it. Once you get the hold of it, you can get the fancier ones.
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How often should you perform jala neti?

If you are looking for a general nasal cleanse from a cleanliness point of view, once or twice a day is sufficient.
If you are suffering from cold, 3-4 times a day is enough to get you some relief, provided the nose is dried well every single time. Also, make sure that such high frequency does not induce nosebleeds. You can reduce the frequency if dealing with a really bad congestion.

The best time to perform jala neti is as the first thing in the morning to get rid of the dazed feeling and prepare the body and mind for the breathing activities of the entire day. However, if you work at a place which is dusty and highly polluted, it would be great to go for a second session after getting back from work.

Neti kriya should always be done before your meals rather than after. The best time to perform jala neti is:

Just after waking up, before breakfast
Mid-morning before lunch
In the evening before dinner
Before going to bed.