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Practice easy breathing with Jala Neti (neti pot)

Currently, we spend so much time at home & are quite worried about our health. One way to occupy yourself in a positive way is to practice prevention regarding your health.

Yoga and yoga cleansing exercises for example.

Yoga cleansing exercises are known as ‘kriyas’. They assist our bodily functions to remove waste products. Since we live in a world where the air, water & food are more and more polluted, we need ‘kriyas’ as our bodies can’t quite deal with this pollution on its own anymore.

There are 2 ‘kriyas’ which are easy to practice on a daily basis:

  • Jala Neti – nasal cleaning
  • Kapalabhati – cleanings of lungs and bronchial tubes

Jala Neti is a simple technique for cleaning the nose, nasal passages and sinuses. This cleansing method is especially beneficial for people that suffer from allergies, often have congested sinuses OR common colds. It’ll help to maintain easy breathing and combats pollution. The neti pot is used together with lukewarm water and some Himalayan or sea salt. Instead of buying expensive nasal sprays, jala neti is an easy, cheap way to prevent you from getting sick.

jala netiJala Neti (sanskrit) means water cleaning. You can buy a neti pot online (i.e.: online) or in a yoga studio near you (i.e. Sampoorna in Brussels) and only need some salt (i.e. sea salt or Himalayan salt). A neti pot will cost you between 5 & 20 euros (depending on the quality, type (plastic or ceramic).

How to use the neti pot?

  1. Poor lukewarm water (ideally filtered water) in your neti pot,
  2. Add a teaspoon (but less in the beginning, experiment as it may burn) of salt to the water, cover the neti pot with your clean hands and shake well,
  3. Hang your head over the sink & poor the water into one nostril, keeping the head tilted pot-side up,
  4. Keep your mouth open to breathe through your mouth,
  5. The water will come out of the other nostril, let the entire content of the neti pot run through your nostrils,
  6. Blow out the excess water through both nostrils and repeat the process with the other nostril.

In the beginning you might find it scary or some water will come into your mouth, don’t worry nor get scared, take your time, experiment with more or less salt, colder or warmer water until you’ve found which combination of salt/ water works best for you. Do not swallow the water, it’ll simply flow through the nostrils through the tilting of your head.

You’ll be amazed of what comes out of your nose and how much lighter your head feels after this cleaning exercise.

Repeat it on a daily basis.

If you feel a cold coming up, you can repeat jala neti two to three times a day.

TIP: add the jala neti to your morning ritual, after a little practice you’ll only need a few minutes for both nostrils and will immediately after feel the difference as it’ll be much easier to breathe & do your Pranayama.


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31 January 2019 – special morning yoga class at 7AM

Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels

Warrior pose

To end this month in style, I’ll be teaching a 7AM class this Thursday 31 January at your favorite authentic Brussels’ yoga studio: Sampoorna. What a great way to start your Thursday, right? Hope to see you there. You may register online if you like (not obligatory).

 

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Practice yoga cleansing exercises, kriyas

In yoga several cleansing methods (kriyas) are used to help the body get rid of toxins and waste products to, in short, keep the body healthy.

tongue-scraperAyurveda, the ancient science of self-healing, prescribes a daily routine as this plays a very important part in your overall health. This routine includes the cleansing of your tongue, after having examined it. Use a tongue scraper to clean it and also massage the tongue and all it’s correlated internal organs. Try to do this daily and observe the changes in your oral health.

 

jala netiAnother very important practice is jala neti. I wrote a blog post about it some years ago and it’s still very accurate. Obviously the information comes from the great classic Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga: Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as the ayurvedic science and continues to prove it’s value to human health.
In short, by practicing jala neti daily, you’ll clean the passageways of air in the head and help avoid any conditions of the sinuses, allergies or hay fever. As we’re approaching the flu and cold season, I strongly advise yoga practitioners to practice jala neti cleansing daily. You’ll also feel that your Pranayama will be much easier.

  • If you live in Brussels, pick up a tongue scraper and neti pot at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, they’re inexpensive and will give you great benefits for your health and yoga practice.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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A new yoga video: Anuloma Viloma Pranayama

My plan is to put all the yoga videos I made some months ago online in the coming weeks and months. I just need to add voice-overs, that takes time. Hereby already a Pranayama video: Anuloma Viloma, video # 2.

Anuloma Viloma or Alternate Nostril Breathing is one of the 2 Pranayama exercises that should be practiced on a daily basis in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. After the Kapalabathi breathing exercise follows the Anuloma Viloma.

Enjoy your practice: hereby the video with voice-over for 8 rounds of alternate nostril breathing (Anuloma Viloma).

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Join me on Sunday 17 January for the 11AM class

Sampoorna photo Aug 2013 (4)Tomorrow morning (Sunday 17 January) at 11AM, I’m replacing Eknath in the Sampoorna Yoga Studio in the center of Brussels.

Join me for 60 minutes of relaxation, asanas and Pranayama. A great way to start your Sunday.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Practice yoga using this blog

Maybe you browsed this blog already and know that the entire Sivananda yoga class is described for your use and benefit.

In order to share the teachings of Gurudev Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda even more, I’m posting a daily reference to a full 90′ class on the Facebook page to encourage practitioners to come to the blog and discover the entire sequence with its benefits and step-by-step guidance per exercise or pose.

Sun Salutations_Sivananda Yoga

Start your class with Savasana, followed by 3 “Om’s,  Pranayama (Kabalabathi & Anuloma Viloma), then warming up the body with Surya Namaskara and leg lifts, on to the asana sequence:

  1. Sirshasana
  2. Sarvangasana
  3. Halasana
  4. Matsyasana
  5. Paschimotanasana
    1. Purvotanasana
  6. Bhujangasana
  7. Salabhasana
  8. Dhanurasana
  9. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  10. Kakasana
  11. Pada Hastasana
  12. Trikonasana

You end your class with a nice long Savasana and then 3 “Om”s.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Offer yourself a great gift: take your yoga TTC this winter

I’ve mentioned in a post before that doing the Sivananda yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) changed my life for real. Hence I’d like to share with you the upcoming possibilities to take your yoga practice and your spiritual development to the next level: Sivananda Yoga centers and ashrams around the world offer a full month’s intensive TTC.

Simply choose your location and register to benefit from the numerous advantages of making this important step towards a more balanced and dedicated yoga practice:

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===>>> Read more about the why and how of doing your TTC.

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Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति