Use a Neti Pot to Create a Space For Deeper Breathing

The neti pot is one of ancient Ayurveda’s greatest gifts to modern-day humans and benefits all three doshas.
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The neti pot is one of ancient Ayurveda’s greatest gifts to modern-day humans and benefits all three doshas.
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The neti pot is one of ancient Ayurveda’s greatest gifts to modern-day humans and benefits all three doshas. With all the exhaust fumes and toxic chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, this little ceramic pot may be our greatest hope for cleaning out the gunk we hold in those two little nasal openings.

Open the Sinuses to Promote Meditation

If you suffer from allergies, you may find relief by making a neti pot part of your daily routine. A neti pot can also help clear your nasal passages for deeper breathing in asana and pranayama. Mystically speaking, a neti pot opens the channels of the third eye, promoting deeper meditation.

How to Use a Neti Pot

Fill the pot with warm water, adding 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Place the spout at the edge of one of the nostrils and tilt the head to the side and slightly forward, so that the water moves through the nostril and out the other side. It may feel like you are drowning at first, but over time you will get used to it. Just make sure to breathe through your mouth, and not your nose. Do one pot per nostril.

See also: Ayurveda 101: 6 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

About Our Author

Katie Silcox is the author of the upcoming book, "Healthy, Happy, Sexy - Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women." She's a vinyasa yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, contributor to Yoga Journal, and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker.