Type of technique: Yogic
Timing: Early morning
Required external environment: Early morning sunlight
Required internal environment: Making the mind for cleaning and avoid thinking about surrounding (comments from others, feelings like shy)
Learning style: Guidance of Guru or teacher is required initially.
Nasal Allergy: Nasal means related to Nose, Allergy means the physiological disturbance. The outside pollution leads to allergy of the nose. So, let us learn the structure & function of the respiratory tract.
Anatomy & Physiology of Upper Respiratory tract (URT)
Two nostrils, nasopharynx, pharynx, Nasal bulb, hypothalamus, limbic system, olfactory cortex and autonomic nervous system.
Chemicals in the inhaled air dissolved in the epithelium that is the Olfactory bulb or nasal bulb which is a receptor. There the chemical energy converts into electrical energy (Action potential) and passes through the Olfactory nerve to olfactory cortex of the brain (Frontotemporal junction). This triggers the release of neurotransmitters like “Serotonin” and “Dopamine” which regulates the mood. Smell is the only function which directly goes to the limbic system.
As a habit, if the dust particles are absorbed but not removed naturally with the common cold, fever and another way of toxic removal happen. Hence cleaning of the Nasal passage is required to prevent future nasal allergy or bronchitis or bronchiectasis or asthma. There are medical treatments to solve the developed pathology, but the daily cleaning like the shower for skin, urination for the renal system, toilet activities for digestive system etc., is required.
If there is a technique which is safe, easy to learn, feel the freshness of air passages, that will be a gift for the respiratory system. There is cleaning technique called Nasal cleaning that is “Neti” in “Sanskrit” language.
Slow and indirect breathing activates either the slow adapting stretch receptors (SARs) or stretch of fibroblasts surrounding lungs. Slowly both the reactions leads tone of the three consequences like; (1) reduction of action potentials in neural tissues (2) increase the resting membrane potentials and (3) synchronization of hypothalamus and brain stem. These resemble the Parasympathetic nervous system. This, in turn, reduce the blood pressure, heart rate, and Oxygen consumption. This is how alteration of breathing with awareness shifts in the autonomic nervous system towards parasympathetic dominance. Jala neti can enhance the overcoming ability on odors can be seen in few sessions of Jala neti. The dependency that is likes and dislikes of food and aromas will not affect the mind at this level. So, Jala neti is useful to reduce the nasal allergy, to reduce the stress reaction, to improve patience and balance mood changes.
|Inflammatory cells; Mast Cells, Eosinophils, Basophils, Neutrophils, Platelets
Structural cells; Epithelial cells, Smooth muscle cells, Endothelial Cells, Fibroblasts, Nerves
Releases or secrets Mediators
|Histamine, Leukotrienes, Prostanoids, Kinins, Adenosine, Endothelins, Nitric oxide, Cytokines, Chemokines, Growth Factors|
Results or Consequences
|Bronchospasm, Plasma exudation, Mucus secretion, Structural|
Equipment: Neti pot
Water: Luke warm with little salt
Technique: Fill the pot with lukewarm salt water. Bend the body front to 45 degrees or comfortable enough to keep the hand on knee. Now turn the head to one side and insert the tube of the Neti pot into the nostril. Keep the mouth open to breath through and avoid nasal breathing until the end of technique. Allow the water to flow through the nostril by the help of Gravity (G). This can be achived only by tilting the head making the nostril parallel to the ground. If the nostril is not parallel the flow of water will be less or it may enter into pharynx.
Since the water flow is un-natural material through the nostril, the chemical adaptation happens after every cleaning session. Apart from this benefit, the mind which is really there in the situation, the Hypothalamus and Pituitary are going to change the reaction ability of mood. Hence over a period of time, the concentration ability, alertness, much internal awareness and the proper breathing can be achieved. As the connections can be influencing the neighbor organs like Eye, Ear and mouth, this technique is best for ENT problems especially common cold & Sinusitis.
Spiritual Benefits: Stimulates Ajna Chakra. Enhances Prana Vayu and Udana vayu.
Yoga Teacher will be trained for such natural techniques of ancient wisdome at Rishikesh Yog Sansthan (RYS), RIshikesh Yogpeeth.