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Prevent stubborn sinus infections this winter – have you used a neti pot?

An ideal way to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain is to combine the use of the Neti pot with breathing practice, called Pranayama.

In a healthy human, the breath alternates between the left and right nostril 👃 throughout the day. The pattern can vary but one nostril is typical dominant for about 88 minutes, followed by only two ✌🏼 minutes where there is equal air entry through both nostrils and then it switches to the other nostril.

In yogic philosophy the right nostril along with the right half of the body carries a warming ☀️solar energy. It connects to the Pingala Nadi. In Ayurveda the Pitta dosha relates to the right solar Nadi. The power of Pitta gets increased when the breath flows through the right nostril which will improve circulation, bodily heat, digestion and perception.

The left nostril along with the left half of the body carries the lunar 🌕 energy and connects to Ida Nadi. In Ayurveda the Kapha dosha relates to the Ida Nadi. When the breath flows through it, it will promote sleep 💤 relaxation, tissue formation and bodily coolness.

This can also explain why you might feel more irritable, increased heat sensation or disturbed sleep if your left nostril is blocked while you might experience more heaviness, coolness, sluggishness if your right nostril is blocked.

On a spiritual 🙏🏼 level the right nostril breathing develops Shiva energy (the cosmic masculine force) and the left side breathing develops Shakti energy (the cosmic feminine force).

Temperature
* Ideally 37°, the same as the human body.

* Once you have filled the neti pot, test the temperature by pouring a little onto your arm or finger.

Salinity

Mix in one level teaspoon of salt to half a litre of water. Mix the salt in thoroughly. This will avoid irritation to the mucous membrane. If a burning 🔥 sensation is felt there is either too much or too little salt in the solution.

Method

* Watch our YouTube video on how to perform Neti. The details are in our story and IGTV section.

Drying the Nostrils
It is important to dry the nostrils 👃 carefully after performing jala neti otherwise the nasal passages may become irritated producing cold-like symptoms. To dry the nostrils, use a variation of the breathing technique khapalbati pranayama.

If you are curious to learn more, you’re welcome to join us for our cold and flu remedies workshop coming up on the 29th! Further details are in our bio 👆🏼

* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.
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