Sutra Neti

Definition - What does Sutra Neti mean?

Sutra neti is a yogic cleansing practice used to clear the nasal passageways. It is one of the six shatkarmas mentioned in the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika." It is considered important because this allows for easier breathing, which helps with pranayama and breathing during asana practice.

In sutra neti, a wet string or a thin piece of surgical tubing is inserted through the nose and exits through the mouth. Each end of the string is held as it is gently pulled in and out of the nasal passageways to clear them and remove any nasal polyps.

Yogapedia explains Sutra Neti

Sutra neti is ideally practiced first thing in the morning after cleaning the teeth. It is considered a more advanced form of neti than jala neti, which uses water to cleanse the nasal passageways.

Yogis believe sutra neti is beneficial for the following:

  • Removing dirt, bacteria and trapped mucus
  • Desensitizing the nasal tissues, which may alleviate allergies
  • Reducing sinusitis, headaches and migraines
  • Preventing infection and inflammation

Because of its advanced nature, sutra neti should only be performed under the guidance of an experienced teacher. It may induce feelings of gagging and nausea.

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