WARNING – this article comes with a schnozzle warning! If you don’t want to be grossed out, I suggest you don’t read any further.
Never in my life did I think I would be talking about …. well ..er..umm … OK I’ll just say it – SNOT! If this exercise had been on the agenda during the first week of my first course, I would have been on the next plane home! I know the picture above looks like I am doing some sort of failed crab dance, but what I am actually doing is a nasal cleansing routine called Jala Neti, a Hatha yoga technique used to clean out your sinuses using salt and water.
Neti is one of the six purification methods in Hatha Yoga. The sinus cavities can get clogged with impurities which may cause infections, inflammations and headaches. The yogic text Hatha Yoga Pradeepika gives a simple method to keep your sinuses clean. It is great for overall health and well-being. It can cure sinusitis, asthma, dust and pollen allergies, tonsils, help relieve headaches, migraines, fever, feeling weak and tired and improves immunity. If any of you are feeling a little nosey, (no pun intended), and would like to know how to practice Jala Neti, let me know and I’ll get instructions to you. It’s a simple, but very effective, technique and is pretty easy to do.
The last 2 weeks have flown by. Had to take a couple of days off at the end of the first week as I came down with some sort of Bali bot, but now things are ticking along nicely. This course is not as intense as the 1st course and my body is certainly appreciating it! I’m still tossing up what to do once this course has finished. Possibly Cayman Islands – time will tell. I’m trying not to jump at the first opportunity – my heart is telling me opportunity will present itself in good time, further along the journey.
Not that I want to skite or anything, but here’s a pic of my my breakfast view this morning, well most mornings, to be perfectly honest – always a 2-hour practice beforehand though. How’s your practice going?
Namaste and Aum