When I was training to be a yoga teacher, one of the 6 purification techniques taught to us was Jala Neti (also called Neti or Jaaneti). Purification techniques are sometimes performed as a way of preparing the body for a yoga practice.
Whenever the neti pots came out, I disappeared, always needing to be somewhere else at that moment in time. I had many techniques to avoid it: the bathroom, the water fountain, the shop, anything but the neti.
Pouring a saline solution up my hooter was really not for me and I have avoided it right up to today. I have got a steaming cold and, as a result, I now have sinus pain. So, I have decided to give it another go. Talk about waiting until your back is against the wall!
I rushed to the Sivananda yoga studio nearby and bought myself a ceramic neti pot and salt. I had to follow the one photographic image as the instructions were in German! Although I did not find it as unpleasant as some people describe, it was not as bad as I remembered. So I will use it over the next few days to see if it helps alleviate the problem.
Neti purification basically means pouring a saline solution up one nostril and allowing it to pour out of the other and then repeating the procedure on the other side. When I told my teenage son what I was doing he replied: “Urghhh... that’s butters!”, which - as I am informed - is teenage speak for “I don’t think that’s very nice”.
Fortunately, I do not have a photograph of me performing neti. However, there is a photo of the aforementioned pot itself.