Neti, Neti: Cleaning of the Air Passageways
So in the last few years, the neti pot has become a “thing.” And that’s awesome. Because neti is GREAT. Your new little neti kit you bought at CVS to help with your allergies even has the pre-measured packets of salt! Amazing!!
However…your neti kit is lacking one critical bit of information. Some of you may have noticed that neti isn’t really working…some of you may have experienced water dripping out of your nose later in the day…some of you may have even experienced your nasal congestion getting worse! Oy vey! That’s not what neti is supposed to do!!
If you have experienced any of these things, that is because you haven’t been taught how to dry your nostrils!!
It absolutely blows my mind that neti pots don’t come with instructions on nostril drying…but this post isn’t about ranting, I promise!! This post is to give you the information necessary, so you won’t have water dripping out of your nose during the workday.
Drying the Nostrils:
It is important to follow this procedure for drying the nostrils. Forceful blowing of the nose with a tissue may push water into the ears and will not sufficiently dry the sinus cavities.
Stand erect with the feet apart. Close right nostril with your thumb and breathe in and out through the left nostril. The exhalation is as if you were gently blowing your nose, the inhalation should be passive. Repeat 10 times each nostril.
Then bend forward from the waist so your torso is parallel to the floor. Tilt your head to the right, close your right nostril and repeat the same process as above through the left nostril; then tilt your head to the left, closing the left nostril. Then centre the head and repeat another 10 times through both nostrils. This will clear any trapped water from the sinuses.
Finally stand upright. Close your right nostril and exhale forcefully through the left nostril while bending forward from the waist, keeping your back straight (bend your knees to avoid straining your back). Repeat 10 times. Repeat this again closing left nostril and exhaling through the right.
And here is a video on how to dry your nostrils correctly.
The woman in the video does the drying process quite rapidly; it is important you go at your own pace! It’s not a competition with the woman in the video 😀
If you have high blood pressure, forgo the bending quickly at the waist part!! Just do extra rounds of the previous practices.
Go forth and do your neti!! DO IT EVERY DAMN DAY AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE AMAZING.
Yoga Nerd Alert:
“Neti Neti” is a Sanskrit expression that means “neither this nor that.” It refers to the process of philosophical/metaphysical inquiry into the nature of the Self and the nature of Reality. (I thought it was a funny title for the post…because I’m a giant yoga nerd.)