Jala Neti (Cleaning the nasal passage)

Sthiti: Taadaasana

  1. Add about half a teaspoon of salt to a Neti Pot full of sterile lukewarm water.
  2. Stand with the legs apart
  3. Hold the Neti pot in your right hand.
  4. Insert the nozzle of the Neti pot into the right nostril.
  5. Keep the mouth open and breathe freely through the mouth
  6. Tilt the head first slightly backwards, tehn forwards and sideward to the left so that the water from the pot enters the right nostril and comes out through the left by gravity. Allow the flow till the port is empty.
  7. Repeat the same on the left side.
  8. To clear the nasal passages of the remaining water, blow out the water by active exhalation through alternate nostrils as in Kapaalabhaati.

It helps to clear nasal passages.
Removes cold, hypersensitivity, headache, sinusitis, bronchitis and stimulates olfactory nerves.

Nethi should be avoided if you have had a recent ear infection or nasal septum operation. Also avoid nethi for a few days after a bleeding nose.


Sthiti: Taadasana

  1. Insert the blunt end of a thin soft rubber catheter horizontally into the right nostril.
  2. Gently push it along the floor of the nose until the tip is felt in the back of the throat.
  3. Insert the right index and the middle finger through the mouth and catch the tip of the catheter at the back of the throat.
  4. Pull it out through the mouth and gently massage the nasal passage by catching the two ends of the tube.
  5. Remove the catheter through the nose.
  6. Repeat on the left side.

Take care not to push the catheter vertically into the nostril.
Before you start the is practice, cut and trim the nails of the fingers to be used for inserting in the mout, as it may injure the throat when you are trying to grasp the tip of catheter in the throat.

Clears the nose and pharynx. Tremendous willpower is increased in process of catheter insertion. Desensitizes dust pollution in nasal allergy patients.

Same limitations as Jalanethi including, back pain, hypertension, cardiac problems. Avoid during latter part of pregnancy.

Sitkarma Kapaala Neti

This is similar to Jala Nethi, with the difference that the water comes out of mouth instead of through the opposite nostril.

Vyutkarma Kapaala Nethi

  1. Take a mouthful of luke-warm saline water.
  2. Bend forwards and relax the soft palate so that the water comes out of the nose.
  3. Neti Kriya is to be followed by a few rounds of Kapaalabhati, so as to keep the nasal passage clear.


Nethi, in general, purifies most structures in the head and neck. Nethi not only clears the nasal passages but also renders the nose resistant to many irritants like water, cotton, rubbers, ghee, milk, etc. Hence it is very helpful in removing the hypersensitivity as seen in persons suffering from Allergic Rhinitis, Vision becomes more subtle.