The Magical Neti Pot- Published article

The Magical Neti Pot

Sw.Kamalavidya (SA School of Yoga)


A magical gem of a pot resembling a “tea pot” in shape, or similar to the pot Aladdin rubbed which to his surprise a genie (servant) appeared. The yoga tradition offers an important device called a ‘neti pot’. An ancient method of cleansing the nostrils or ‘nasal irrigation’ that dates back thousands of years. A genie may not appear when used but boons (benefits) are bestowed upon the user, granting healing potential for the prevention of disease and for the attainment of optimal energy in body, mind, emotions and spirit. How you may ask? If you take into consideration that breath is life and we breathe through our nostrils all the time.


Yoga emphasizes the cleansing and protecting of the openings of the nostrils for the breathing process and to develop and facilitate deep breathing in pranayama (yogic breathing practices), to help you breathe your way to a better life! It is this life force of breath that propels and operates our physical body that sustains our very existence! If the plumbing, so to speak, is blocked, we lose our vitality and zest for life e.g. most chronic fatigue syndrome which is prevalent in our society today and many have low energy conditions, are associated with poor breathing and blocked sinuses. Sinuses are connected to our five senses (indryas) that filter the air we breathe to the lungs to absorb oxygen. It is also through sinuses that we absorb prana (life force) that goes directly to the brain and senses, activating and invigorating them. Elderly, adults, teenagers and children all benefit in keeping their sinuses clear and functioning properly for the absorption of this prana.


Have you noticed how we breathe through the mouth when our nostrils and sinuses are blocked with mucus and how our energy levels drop? It is only because you are lacking the absorption of prana which stimulates the mind and senses. So the answer is to Jala Neti with a neti pot that will unplug this all and cleanse it back to life again. Neti pot can help many health problems and is by no means a ‘panacea’ for all diseases and problems but most definitely aids in reducing symptoms and handling conditions of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Such as:

  • Cleansing the entire lymphatic system in reducing swollen glands around head, neck and chest regions
  • Sinus allergies
  • Colds and flu
  • Excellent for asthmatics
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Acne
  • Insomnia
  • Nervous disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety


The list is endless. Neti can be used morning, noon and night when one feels congested or just for general well being. The use of sea salt or unionized salt dissolved in boiled water helps to protect the mucus lining of the nasal passages. Direct instruction and guidance through a qualified yoga teacher is essential to help demonstrate the complete process in draining all the water out of the nostrils. Not forgetting to keep your pot clean and sterilized, and not to share your ‘genie’ pot with anybody, only the magic of its benefits with all!


  1. Yolanda says:

    Hi this article is amazing. I suffer from severe sinuses. Where can I buy a neti pot from?
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Thank you,

      Unfortunately I qualified teacher must teach you initally touse your own pot and thereafter you can do it on your own. Call our school and make an appointment.

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