I discovered Neti about 15 yrs ago when i began practicing Astanga Yoga, I found it enhanced my breathing in class and cleared my mind to be fully present in my practice, and of course this flowed through the rest of my day. Ive sinced used it almost daily, Eye cleansing is a new daily ritual for me and my eyes are certainly loving the experience, if they feel dry, stingy, irritated or moist i will give them a cleanse for instant relief.
I incorporate this into my life as to keep all my inner tube systems clean and viscous, this helps the body stay vital, young and vibrant functioning like a very tuned vehicle. This vehicle is driving us through life and if we neglect it, we can only just chug along in life struggling, by eating well, which is putting high grade fuel into our “vehicle” we will run so much smoother and by cleansing, hydrating and lubricating this “vehicle” it will see us through a long life. This is all part of self nurturing and loving ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Happy cleansing.
Neti and eye cleansing can be practiced as regularly as necessary. In a polluted environment at least once a day is recommended. Those living in a dry, dusty environment will also benefit from practicing regularly.
Various factors will influence the frequency with which you need to practice neti. Diet is one of the most important. People who consume too many dairy products, particularly milk, will often have excess mucous in the nasal passages. There is a need for mucous in the membranes as its there for lining the membranes but a build up is not so beneficial, other foods that may contribute to excess nasal mucus are eggs, red meat, fried food, fatty food, pastries, sugar, processed foods – including white bread, soy products, bananas and to a lesser degree, pulses and grains.
Most people have experienced a build up of mucus due to a common cold. If you have a cold then neti can be practiced several times a day. However, if you practice neti daily it can minimise your risk of catching a cold. Prevention is always better than a cure.
Those suffering from allergies such as hay-fever can be subject to excess nasal mucous which inhibits the breathing. Once again neti is a very helpful remedy.
Once you get used to practicing neti and eye cleansing it can easily be slotted into your daily routine and you can do it in the morning and at night, just like brushing your teeth. Try neti and eye cleansing at night it can help to have a good relaxing deep sleep.
Neti mildly stimulates the tear ducts, which help cleanse the eyes and give them added sparkle. Eye cleansing also enhances this. Some say it even helps sharpen the eyesight and improve the memory. On an esoteric level neti is said to stimulate the ajna chakra. It has subtle effects on the pineal and pituitary glands which control the hormonal system which in turn has a harmonizing effect on the emotions. Neti has a cooling, soothing effect on the brain and can help with headaches, migraine, depression and general mental tension. It can also help with certain ear disorders like middle ear infections, glue ear and some forms of tinnitus.
Neti is particularly beneficial and useful for smokers and re-sensitizes the nose to the actual pollution of ingesting smoke, thereby de-programming the brain of the physical and psychological addiction.
Some other medical conditions that neti can help improve include:
- Aging rhinitis
- Allergic rhinitis – hay fever
- Atrophic rhinitis – ozaena
- Common cold
- Empty nose syndrome
- Facial pain or headache associated with sinusitis
- Halitosis – bad breath
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal dryness
- Nasal polyposis
- Phantosmia – phantom smells
- Post-nasal drip
- Rhinitis medicamentosa – rebound nasal congestion
- Rhinorrhea – runny nose
- Rhinosinusitis – inflammation of the nose and sinuses
- Sinusitis – inflammation of the sinuses (including chronic sinusitis)
HOW TO PREPARE FOR NETI & EYE CLEANSING
1. Prepare the saline solution (*) with lukewarm water and fill the neti pot. Hot water is irritating and dangerous. Cool water is not soothing.
2. Tilt your head to the side as shown in the picture at the beginning of this article..
3. Insert spout of neti pot gently into the raised nostril creating a seal between the neti pot and the nostril. If it drains out of your mouth, lower your forehead in relation to your chin. Relax. If you are calm, the water flows right through. But if you aren’t, it just won’t flow. If you keep breathing through your mouth, relaxed, the water should gently flow through the nose on its own. There’s no forcing it.
4. Raise the neti pot slowly to develop a steady flow of saline solution through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.
5. During the process breathe through your mouth.
6. When you’re done, exhale firmly several times to clear the nasal passages.
7. Reverse the tilt of your head and repeat the process on the other side.
1. Pour solution into egg cup or small object that fits over and seals the eye.
2. Open eyes as you place the cup over your eyes and rinse.
3. Blink several times.
4. Wipe eyes dry.
Below is a picture of my antique eye glass and my gorgeous neti pot.
HAPPY CLEANSING ….the poo fairy