3 (Brief description only)
The third stage or
method is a little more difficult and advanced again. Here the warm
salty water is taken in through the mouth and snorted out the nose.
This is quite tricky at first and may be a little uncomfortable
for some people in the beginning. The benefits are similar yet stronger
than the other forms of Neti. It must only be done after a pot of
Stages 1 & 2 each, and only after rinsing the mouth and throat
with saline water to ensure there are no pathogens (harmful bacteria)
transferred from the mouth to the nasal cavities. Here too, care
must be taken to dry the nasal passages properly, and again, this
stage of Neti should ideally be supervised by a teacher on the first
|Recommended Frequency of Neti Practice
For general nasal cleanliness, once or twice a day is usually sufficient.
In the case of a cold,
3 - 4 times a day will give great relief, providing the nose is
well dried each time and this frequency does not induce nose bleeds.
Reduce this frequency when over the worst of the congestion.
Jala Neti is best practised
first thing in the morning to clear out the night’s grogginess and
prepare the body and mind for the day’s breathing activities. However,
if you live or work in a dusty or polluted environment where the
nostrils have an increased load of filtering, a good second occasion
is upon returning from such work.
Neti should always
be done before rather than after meals. The best times are:
- upon waking before breakfast,
- mid morning before lunch,
- evening before dinner,
- just before bed.