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By Swami Harshananda

Origin of Neti

Works on Haṭhayoga, like the Gheranda Samhitā, describe certain processes of cleansing the body internally to make it healthy and strong so that it becomes fit for sādhanā or spiritual practice. These are generally grouped under one title the ‘Saṭkarmas’ or the ‘six processes’. Neti is one of them. It is third in the list.

Method of Neti

It is performed by inserting a thin thread of soft cotton about 6 inches long into the nostrils then passing it through and pulling it out by the mouth.[1] This has to be done under expert supervision.


  1. Gheranda Samhitā 1.50
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore