Before understanding how the yoga cleansing practice of Jalaneti or
Neti (saline nasal
irrigation) can help in the quitting of smoking, we must understand
the reason why stopping is so difficult.
Quitting smoking is extremely difficult due to the physical reasons,
the psychological factors and at a subtle level the spiritual factor.
Physical reasons that include physical withdrawal symptoms are
“catered” to by nicotine-free and tar-free solutions. These often
fail because they look at smoking with an isolated view. Likewise,
treatments such as hypnosis try to attack the underlying psychological
reasons in a certain isolated manner.
However, yoga through its cleansing techniques has a composite
approach to this problem, which often leads to permanent solution – no
quick fix solution, but an integrated approach which works
simultaneously at the physical and mental planes to create a
relatively smooth transition from a smoker to a non smoker.
How Jalaneti works?
Jalaneti is a process of flushing of the nasal passages with warm
saline water through a special
Neti Pot. While this
act itself is simple, it has powerful effects at both the physical and
At the physical level, it cleans the passages in such a way that ir
reduces the tendency of mouth breathing and re-sensitizes the nose to
the actual indecency of ingesting smoke.
At the psychological state it stimulates the olfactory bulb and the
psychic center called the Ajna Chakra in yoga which leads to an
inexplicable higher level of awareness which actually leads to the
disinterest and gradual abhorrence of the practice.
The simultaneous addressing of the physical and psychological aspects
leads to the gradual giving up of smoking.