Neti Kriya - Spiritual Prajna

What is Neti?

Neti is an important Hatha Yoga Kriya, which is one of the shatkarma kriyas.

Neti is used to clean the air passageways in the head.

Two different versions of Neti are Jala Neti and Sutra Neti which we have discussed below.

Practitioner Level

All the kriyas are at the advanced level, the reason why we say it is advanced is that it mostly concerned with the energy level rather than at the physical level.

When the changes happen at the energy system, naturally improvements get reflected at the physical level too.

This is an advanced level kriya which can be performed by the one who is already been practicing the yogasanas or pranayamas taught in our previous sections.

Do check out our yogasanas section to learn yogasanas from the scratch to advanced level.

Do check out our pranayamas section to learn pranayamas from the scratch to advanced level.

The yoga practitioners will get more benefit out of it.

However, it is useful for beginners too. If you are just starting off, ensure you stick to the practice and reap the benefits over a period of time.

You can use the yogasana mat suggested below and the yoga dress for your convenience and sit in a comfortable posture and then you can start performing the yoga kriyas.

Neti Effects

Neti’s main effect is across the nose, ears, and eyes at the physical level. It can even lead up to enable clairvoyance qualities in individual if practiced regularly. The practice of Neti is to improve the quality of the breath as it clears the blocks in the nasal.

17 the most amazing benefits of Neti

  • Neti removes the dirt and bacteria trapped along with the mucus in the nostrils.
  • Message effect for the tissues inside the nose.
  • Best to handle asthmatic conditions.
  • Breathing becomes easier than before.
  • Helps overcome sinusitis or migraine attacks.
  • It gives immediate relief from respiratory disorders.
  • It will clear off the problems associated with eyes, ears, and nose.
  • It improves the visualization power and concentration power increases tremendously.
  • It will relieve the headache.
  • It will also help to activate the Ajna Chakra (eyebrow center) resulting in clairvoyance experience.
  • Neti clears the eye ducts and quality of vision improves drastically.
  • Improves the sense of smell and thereby improves the digestion.
  • If you are suffering from middle ear infections, Neti will help clears it off.
  • It soothes the whole nervous system as there are two major junctions points at Swadhishtana Chakra (sexual organs) & Ajna Chakra (eyebrow center).
  • Can be Relieved from the stress and brings clarity of the mind.
  • Practicing Jala Neti regularly will reduce the anger completely.
  • Quality of meditation gets improved tremendously with neti practice.

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Things required to practice the Neti?

Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Jala Neti.

  • Take a few deep and slow breaths before you start the actual practice.
  • Ensure your nose is cleaned before doing the Jala Neti Kriya.
  • Fill up the Neti Pot with lukewarm water with a pinch of salt added to it.
  • The temperature of the water should be around 25-30 degree Celsius.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt to be added to 1 liter of water.
  • Bend your head over a wash basin.
  • Insert the spout of the Neti pot into the right nostril. Not too inside but halfway through the nostril.
  • Bend the head slightly forward and title the head to the left at the same time.
  • This would allow lukewarm water to flow out of the left nostril.
  • Ensure you open the mouth and breath through your mouth alone.
  • Pour out half of the water from the Neti pot.
  • Again repeat the same process with the left nostril.
  • Once the process is done, ensure you shut one nostril and blow out from the other, and repeat the step with another nostril.
  • Then try to blow out forcefully through both of your nostril 5-10 times.
  • Ensure your mouth should be opened during the above 2 steps. This would prevent water from going into the ears.
  • Make sure you practice Jala Neti daily to reap the benefits over a period of time.

How to do Jala Neti?

Jala Basti mainly deals with performing the Vasti Kriya using the water.

Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Jala Vasti Kriya (Jala Basti Kriya).

  • Stand in pure water and the level of water should be at your navel.
  • Better if you choose the flowing river as it is an ideal place to perform Jala Vasti Kriya.
  • Lean forward and place the hands on your knees.
  • Expand your anal sphincter muscles and perform Uddhiyana Bandha & Nauli Kriya simultaneously.
  • While performing Uddhiyana Bandha and Nauli Kriya ensure you are drawing the water up into the bowels.
  • Hold the water in the bowels for some time and then expel it through your anus.
  • This completes one cycle or round.
  • You can repeat the round for about 3-5 times based on your convenience.

Jala Neti Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on practicing the Jala Neti yoga kriya.

How to do Sutra Neti?

  • Take a few deep and slow breaths before you start the actual practice.
  • Ensure your nose is cleaned before doing the Jala Neti Kriya.
  • Take a rolled string of cotton. You should be dipping the string of cotton in melted beeswax.
  • You can use a soft rubber catheter if you do not have rolled string cotton.
  • Slowly insert it to the left nostril. Do not rush it.
  • Push the cotton string or rubber catheter into your nostril upwards.
  • Push it till the thread come back of the throat.
  • Open your mouth and use your middle or index fingers to grab the thread from inside your throat.
  • Pull the thread out of your mouth.
  • You should not leave the other end of the thread, hold it.
  • Use both the hands to move the thread to give a message and clean the nostrils and throat.
  • Once you are done, take out the thread. Wash it properly in clean water.
  • Repeat the procedure with the right nostril.
  • For the first time, you might be requiring teacher guidance.
  • Once you get a nack of it, you can with much ease.
  • This Sutra Neti Kriya works more intensively than the Jala Neti.
  • Make sure you practice Sutra Neti weekly to reap the benefits over a period of time.

Sutra Neti Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on practicing the Sutra Neti yoga kriya.

NOTE: Please watch the video if you are above 18 years of age.

Follow-up Yoga Kriyas after Vasti Kriya (Basti Kriya)

You can do any of the 5 yoga kriyas before doing Vasti Kriya (Basti Kriya).

Do check out them for more information on list of all Yoga Kriyas.

Note of Caution

Please check the note of caution section before you begin your spiritual practices.

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