Neti: One Pot to Rule Them All

I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people recently remembering the following post, originally released in April, 2010. Then, a friend sent this youtube video (warning: funny) and couldn’t resist reposting.

Last week, I went to a party and this guy and I got into a lively conversation about…neti. This is the yogic practice where you run a mild, warm saline solution into one nostril and out the other using a little neti pot. Yes, at a party.

It’s Berkeley, people.

Anyway, somehow I started to wax on about my newly acquired giant neti pot which I got about 6 months ago and how much the larger size neti pot has changed my life. I mean it. Changed. My. Life. I swear by this thing. The wild part is, he responded with equal enthusiasm! He had recently gotten the big kind, too, and couldn’t believe the difference. I’m not alone on this one.

Again, it’s Berkeley, people.

I’ve been using neti pots for years. I mostly used what I had access to: cute little ceramic numbers from the generic yoga studio or health food store that hold maybe a cup or two of water. This small amount of water, split between both nostrils, makes for a paltry jala neti experience. Still, even with the tiny pot, I was pretty excited about jala neti when first discovered it and I practiced it regularly for a time. I was impressed with the results. I even gave my family members little hand-thrown ceramic neti pots at the holidays. Poor guys.

Enter the new giant neti pot. I got it about 6 months ago for my birthday and it has been an amazingly different experience. The big neti is where it’s at. I even took a picture. That’s big neti across the table from me at a candlelight dinner. As you can see, it’s getting pretty serious between us.

It’s made by healthandyoga.com and I even tried to get a discount code for y’all, but I have been reticent about making this forum commercial in any way, even if it saves YOU money. So, just submit a comment here or on fb if you want me to do it to save you 15% or something. (UPDATE: DUE TO READER RESPONSE, THERE IS A DISCOUNT CODE HERE.)

Anyway, this pot. I feel like I want to tell you guys about this pot the way I used to want to tell a bestie about a new boy I’ve met. This neti? I mean, wow. Shiny and nice and new, but what it comes down to is that it’s… big. Apparently, size matters.

And it can go again and again and again. I usually fill it twice in a session–once for each side. It’s incredible.

Ok, stopping now.

[Note: talk to a qualified yoga instructor if you are interested in starting a jala neti practice. Despite what you'll read on the internet, it *is* a practice, not something to take up now and then when you're feeling congested. It does so much more than 'clean the sinuses' or whatever they say. And, if you're a renegade and are gonna watch youtube and try it anyway, please please PLEASE use good, filtered and boiled water and dry your nasal passages gently and thoroughly afterward. Your head will thank you.]

5 thoughts on “Neti: One Pot to Rule Them All”

  1. yes! It’s way too much work to use the small pots – they are cute (and better than none) but it takes a half-dozen refills to get the job done (dissolve the salt and then get the water to the right temp, etc, each time). Also the big pot gives you a little more pressure this can be really good on those congested mornings.
    Drying is so important, especially during the winter months. If you do all your sat kriyas in the same session, kapalabati does most of the drying.

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