What is Neti and Nasya?
Jala Neti is the actual name for the practice of washing the nasal passages with salt water. It is described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as one of two major ways to practice neti. Washing the nasal passages with salt water is not limited to India. Many of my “island” friends have told me that as children they would go to the ocean to pour ocean water in to the nostrils to clean them with their hands.
Nasya is the practice of cleansing nasal passages according to ayurveda using other substances. The actual name of what is commonly practiced in Ayurvedic circles is called pratimarsha nasya using oil as the medium to cleanse the nostrils.
Today using an oil dropper to administer oil into the nostril is very manageable. In a pinch one can line the nostrils with oil or ghee using your finger, which can be done up to 13 times a day.
More information can be found at #24 or consult the Ayurvedic Practitioner. This treatment of 25 minutes is beneficial for people living in dry arid regions. The breathing will become deeper and easier with either practices with everything, because there is a time and place for each therapy. I suggest getting into the habit of practicing nasya or neti or both. You will benefit in many ways. Practice nasya once or twice a day, morning and evening. If you want to do both, do one in the morning and the other in the evening.