Supplementary practice

After completing sutra neti one should then do jala neti1, as this will flush out all the impurities and particles in the nose, including those that have been dislodged by performing sutra neti, and leave the nasal passages in the cleanest possible condition.

After performing both sutra and jala neti, the nasal passages may feel a little sore and raw, and perhaps very dry. For this reason, it is a good idea to conclude your practice by doing either dugdha neti (neti with milk) or ghrita neti (neti with ghee). These are very simple techniques which merely involve introducing a few drops of milk or ghee (clarified butter) into the nasal passages. To do this, hold the head back and sniff the fluid into the nose from a suitable vessel. Remember only a small amount of milk or ghee is required; don't flood your nose. Ghrita or dugdha neti will temporarily replace the natural protective film of mucus in the nose that has been rubbed or washed away by sutra and jala neti. However, this practice is optional, for the body will manufacture and replace the old film with a new film, within a short period of time.

If the nostrils are particularly blocked prior to attempting sutra neti, then jala neti can be performed before sutra neti as well as afterwards.

The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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