This month I attended a half day yoga workshop where I learnt techniques to spring clean my body and mind. It was the first time I had ventured beyond spring cleaning my curtains, carpets and cupboards (the big C’s), and other household things. As healthy as I like to think I am, I felt a spring clean of me could only do me good.
And do me good it has, I spent 3 hours in various postures, breathing through one nostril at a time and then through both, learning how to activate muscles and massage organs, all things that left me feeling renewed and crazy happy. During the workshop there was also a vegetarian cooking demonstration, knowledge sharing about food and remedies, and a delicious lunch.
A yogi also demonstrated what is called Jala Neti, basically cleaning the nose. Using a neti pot, imagine a little teapot with a longer than usual spout, the yogi poured half of the salty water up one nostril for it to come out of the other. Sounds and looks strange but it is apparently a very effective way to clean the nasal passage. You have to use the right ratio of salt to water and the water must be 30-40 degrees C, plus you have to breath through the mouth and lean forward at a certain angle so the water stays within the nasal passage. I do recommend speaking to a yogi or a neti expert before attempting it for the first time. Personally I’ll stick to tissues and Fes spray.
Still feeling renewed and crazy happy the next day I decided to do a yoga class in the morning and also signed up for unlimited classes during October. Spring cleaning my mind and body was beneficial and it’s something I think would be good to do a few times a year. I book my car in for a tune up every year and I think the same should be done for me.