Nasal Cleanse | Part 3
Updated: Jan 28
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Consider a deep nasal cleanse if you...
-feel mucus and/or pollutants present within your nasal passages and sinuses
-suffer from respiratory, ear, nose, and/or throat ailments
Benefits of this deep cleanse include...
-cooling and soothing sensations for the brain
-relieving drowsiness and heaviness
-balancing of the right and left energies within the body
-reducing sinus inflammation, allergies, and signs and symptoms of asthma
Avoid this cleanse if...
-your nasal passages are generally too dry
-you experience regular nosebleeds
-you encounter any pain, nausea, or bleeding during your first practice
Lets get started...
*Please mentally digest instructions before you physically practice this cleanse!
(1) Secure copper neti pot, here is a link to mine
(2) Secure a straw cleaning brush kit, here is a link to mine
(3) Secure organic ketchup for the best copper cleaning experience
(4) Clean copper neti pot with ketchup and straw cleaning kit to remove any tarnish buildup
(5) Clean copper neti pot with warm soapy water, here is a link to my soap! Allow pot to naturally dry prior to use.
*This practice is best done in the morning between 6-10am or when you're feeling congested
*Presenting with good air quality practice 2 to 3 times per week MAX
*Presenting with terrible air quality? Consider slowly increasing this practice towards daily.
(6) Fill copper neti pot with distilled water ONLY, cover, and allow pot to sit overnight
(7) The next morning, warm this water in a stainless steal pan to 40-54 degrees fahrenheit and add 1/4 teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt (NON-iodized salt) and mix well. You want this water to taste like tears.
*Keep in mind, cold water gives a sensation of drowning. Follow temperature instructions to avoid this sensation.
(8) stand over your sink, bathtub, large bowl, or simply stand outside
(9) Close your eyes and bring 100% of your attention to your breath, which nostril feels most active? Select the nostril that feels most open and seems to be breathing more effortlessly. This is your dominant nostril in the moment, which can change from practice to practice.
(10) Place the spout of the neti pot into your dominant nostril. This spout is designed to seal the nostril gently.
(11) Open your mouth and begin to breathe through your mouth. Attempt to create a calm, relaxed, and even breath through your mouth.
(12) Bend forward and tilt your head toward your shoulder, so that your dominant nostril is higher than your NON-dominant nostril and allow gravity to do its job. Water will naturally flow through your dominant nasal passage and out your NON-dominant nasal passage.
-Example: with an active right nostril you tilt your head to the left
-Example: with an active left nostril you tilt your head to the right
*Allow the water to flow in a small steady stream and avoid forcefully pouring the water into your nostrils
-Use half the contents of the neti pot to rinse this passage
-Remove the neti pot and stand up
(13) Place the spout of the neti pot into your NON-dominant nostril
(14) Open your mouth and begin to breathe through your mouth. Attempt to create a calm, relaxed, and even breath through your mouth.
(15) Bend forward and tilt your head so that your NON-dominant nostril is higher than your dominant nostril and allow gravity to do its job. Water will naturally flow through your NON-dominant nasal passage and out your dominant nasal passage.
*allow the water to flow in a small steady stream and avoid forcefully pouring the water into your nostrils
-Use the remaining contents of the neti pot to rinse this passage
-Remove the neti pot and stand up
Enjoy the conclusion....
(16) Close one nostril with your thumb and begin to exhale quickly, actively, and with force that naturally activates your abdominal muscles. This experience will be followed by a natural passive inhale. A cycle is created with exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, etc...
*This process allows water droplets, moisture, and humidity to be released from your open nostril
*Benefits of this Shat Kriya, cleansing act: purifies the frontal lobe of the brain; energizes the body and mind; cleanses the lungs; tones the digestive organs; strengthens the nervous system; purifies profound energy channels within the body; and prepares the mind for meditation as it induces a state of thoughtlessness
(17) Repeat process with other nostril
(18) Repeat process with both nostrils open
(19) Wipe nostrils clean
(20) Press the thumbs on the temples and gently rotate first in one direction and then in the other direction
*This yogic massage relaxes the brain and eases the occurrence of headaches
Keep in mind...
-If your nasal passages feel very dry after practice, simply reduce the quantity of salt for your next treatment
*1-2 hours after completing your neti pot practice, you're welcome to place a little bit of sesame oil on your pinky fingers and insert them into your nostrils to moisturize
-If you still feel congested after practice, simply increase the quantity of salt for your next treatment
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Peace, Love, & Everlasting Protection!
Maggie Fekete, E-RYT, CHC, BCHHP
Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Health Coach
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
Endless gratitude extends to my teachers whom deeply inspired this expression. They gifted me knowledge in Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, and Yoga as a form of therapy. Namaste!