Jal Neti – A Nasal Cleansing Yoga Practice

A natural technique used by our ancient yogis to use the breath well for yogic practices and stay free from diseases. The main objective of Jal neti is to purify and clean the whole nasal path from your nasal to throat using water. Nasal cleansing or neti kriya is one among the other shat karmas or the hatha yoga cleansing activities. Sometimes this process is also called as nasal irrigation.

What you need?

  • A Neti potnetipot.jpg
  • A pinch of rock salt
  • Lukewarm water

Neti pot is a small pot with a long spout on one side, which is small enough to be inserted gently into one of the nostrils during the kriya(process).

Benefits of Jal Neti

  • One of the best practice to alleviate headaches, dry cough, sore throats, tonsils and cold.
  • Helps to maintain the nasal hygiene by removing the dirt and bacteria trapped along with the mucus in the nostrils.
  • Effective in dealing with asthma and reduces ear infections.
  • It helps to keep you away from sinusitis or migraine attack.
  • Helps to clear the eye ducts and improves vision(scientifically proven).
  • Jal Neti is excellent for those trying to give up smoking.
  • Calms the nervous system, mental stress, and the mind by removing excess heat from your brain.
  • Regular practice can help to control your anger and quality of meditation can be improved.
  • A free practice which helps to save your hard-earned money from buying expensive medicines to cure diseases.


It is a simple practice and can be included in your daily routine. This process only takes few minutes. Before practicing Jal Neti, it is necessary for you to prepare correct saline water. The water should be lukewarm as per your body temperature, neither cold nor hot. It is recommended to put rock salt one teaspoon per 1/2 liter of water.

  • First, stand with one foot between your feet.
  • Bend your spine in 60-degree angle and neck tilted towards the right.
  • Now, put the spout of the Jal neti pot into your right nostril and keep your mouth open so that the water passes easily through your right to left nostril.
  • Please remember that if you tilt your head too much or try to breathe through your nose, then the water enters your throat instead of going to the left nostril.
  • Now, just clean your nose once and then repeat the same process with the other side.


  • Ensure and take care that you do not leave any water in the nasal passages, as it might cause an infection.
  • Dry your nose properly after the process.
  • People suffering from high blood pressure should be careful during the process and if you feel dizzy while drying the nose then it should be done standing upright.
  • Learn the practice from an expert practitioner.
  • Jal Neti should be practiced daily and must not be waiting for the nasal blockage for practice.
  • It should not be practiced if you are suffering from a hurt or cut inside the nose, or suffering from chronic bleeding in your nose.

It has been observed that when people watch this process, they feel it’s too difficult to practice. But, it’s that simple and easy that you can include this practice after your daily brush. It has unlimited benefits with zero cost.

Enjoy this beautiful nasal cleansing technique and stay free from a cough, cold and tonsils forever.

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