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 warm saline solution into one nostril and out the other using a little neti pot. Yes, at a party.

It’s California, people.

Anyway, somehow I started to wax on about my newly acquired giant-sized 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, the stranger I was chatting with 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 California, people.

I’ve been using neti pots for years, but only the cute little ceramic numbers from the local 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.

Enter the new giant neti pot. It has been an dramatically different experience. 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 mean, wow. Shiny and nice and new, but what it comes down to is that it’s… big. Size matters. And it can go again and again and again. I usually fill it twice in a session–once for each side. No more splitting half and half between nostrils. It’s incredible.

[Note: please seek instruction from 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 congested. It does so much more than just “clean the sinuses.” 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 thoroughly afterward by carefully gently blowing all that extra water out.]

Comments 4

  1. Yogakriya Nadananda

    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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