Fear of the Neti Pot
Years ago, I was informed about the “Neti Pot – The Nasal Cleansing Pot”, by my yoga instructor Margaret. She explained the process to me and told me how it was practiced by Yoginis as a form of cleansing and balance. This conversation took place on many occasions over the years, well before I had my child.
“Yuck”, I would respond, “Pouring water up my nostrils?” Since I had a fear of water, this scared me and I used every excuse I could think of so that I wouldn’t need to learn this practice.
All my life I have had a fear of water. When I was 13, I forced myself to learn how to swim, but only because I was scared of drowning. I have also had sinus and bronchial issues most of my life, as well as Sleep Apnea, so the thought of something blocking any part of my airway does not sit well with me. I couldn’t bear the thought of purposely pouring water up my nose no matter how good it was supposed to be for my health and well-being.
Well, my sinus and bronchial issues have been so severe these past few months that it has pushed me right to the edge of attempting to try the practice of the Neti Pot to see if I can find some relief. Since I am still nursing my child, I have diligently avoided antihistamines, cough syrups, etc – except, of course, for the homeopathic formulas which I mentioned briefly in a previous blog.
So I have finally taken the plunge (if you’ll pardon the pun!) and bought the Neti Pot! I’ve been very good at staring at it as it sits on my bathroom counter, and I am focusing on the day when I will make my first attempt at what I will always refer to as “pouring water up my nostrils.”
I will keep you posted on my journey of the Neti Pot.