Category: Rants

13 : Jala Neti

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Neti is an important part of Shatkarma, the yogic system of cleansing techniques. It is intended to clean the air passageways in the head. The two main variants are jala neti (using water) and the more advanced sutra neti (using string).

Jala Neti ‘removes mucus and pollution from the nasal passages and sinuses, allowing air to flow without obstruction.  It helps prevent and manage respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis‘

– from Swami Satyananda Saraswati – Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Rinsing the nasal passages with sterile saline solution helps to flush out irritants like dust and it is very healing to the delicate nasal membranes. For this technique, lukewarm salt water/saline solution is poured into one nostril using a neti pot (neti lota), so that it leaves through the other. The procedure is then repeated on the other side, and the nose is dried by bending forward and by rapid breathing without force. Throughout the process, we breathe through our mouth. After the process, rest in child’s pose for a few minutes with a towel. You may find some water is still flowing out from the nasal passage.

After nasal cleansing with the neti pot, you may find the air passageway is slightly very cooling and fresh. Needless to say, the nostrils are clean and breathing becomes slightly easier. 🙂

This is my first time doing Jala Neti and it is indeed a very refreshing experience. Performing pranayama after jala neti brings practices to a whole new level 🙂

-J

Surfing in Bali

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#10 ::
Just got back from Bali and i’m so tanned right now! hah!

#9 ::
I still remember my first ever “real” trip to the beach was to Redang. Back then, i was an adrenaline junkie! Basically i always try to kill myself by trying to pet the sharks or jump off the cliff. And my friends labelled me “accident-prone” because i always end up with blood or bruises in whatever i do.

Well.. that was back then.

I think aging also means that right now i’m matured enough to know that sharks bite and jumping off the cliff equals suicide. Whatever it is, i have always been a beach person and the idea of sun tanning and just laying on the sands excites me. Actually, i have not changed much, i still love the beach to bits, but i know the excitement is slowly dying off. And going to the beach… doesn’t make me sleepless anymore.

#8 ::
Surfing in bali was great fun! It reminded me of my surfing days back in 2004. Waves there is really epic! No wonder everyone says that surfing in Bali and Aus is the best. I was a little paranoid surfing again since my last surf ended up with a bloody elbow and knee :/ Thanks to “soul surfer” all i keep thinking when im tumbling in the waves are sharks and rocks and corals ergh. Nevertheless, time of my life <3

#7::
Being back in bali makes me realize that i really am not a meat person. Or maybe their pork is just really porky-smelly :/

#6::
Everyone i know travels for different reasons. Some for shopping, some for food, mostly to relax and chill or party.

As for me,everytime i travel to a foreign country, i try my best to learn other’s culture, language, food, visit not just the touristy places but also more local places and get to meet new friends from other country and understand what it is like to be living in their country. Sometimes by doing that, we will be more appreciative of our own country; and we can then identify what we have done right/wrong in our homeland.

#5::
Of late, I’m getting too philosophical.

#4::
At times, i find that my perception of things changes easily as i am gullible and easy to  persuade. Most of the time i regret not having a stance of my own, but sometimes, its easier not having to think and decide for myself.

My point is, i guess i’m starting to lose my own voice.

#3::
I don’t have a backup plan anymore.

#2 ::
I miss having debates and conversations with intellectual people.  Somehow i talk trashy nowadays and i no longer am as confident as i was. hurrrr.. *tehhorrrorrrr* Possibly due to my withdrawal from the social world, and drowning myself with routine work everyday T____T

#1 ::
FML. i need some drama.