Netra Basti

What is Netra Basti?

Netra Basti or netra vasti is a restorative and preventative Ayurvedic treatment for the eyes. The dough is made using organic flour and placed around the eye orbit to create a small dam. Netra basti has a slew of health benefits.

The dam is filled with luke-warm ghee (clarified butter), and then the patient opens his eye and performs various eye exercises while submerged under the ghee, for approximately 10 minutes.

In Sanskrit, the word basti translates to “bladder” or “container”, for medicated oils or tonics to sit in for a period of time.

Physical strength, mental strength, and the strength of the sense organs – all these are very important. Without them, one cannot attain spiritual strength. -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Ashtanga yoga master, K. Pattabhi Jois, knew what he was talking about spiritual strength. Beyond the physical practice of asana or the mental practice of pratyahara, his comment reflects an important principle in Ayurveda: we experience life through our sense organs.

Our skin, ears, mouth, nose, and eyes are the means through which we gather information about our surroundings and experiences, assimilate that data, and then respond to it – consciously or not.

In yogic philosophy, the Sanskrit word avidya refers to the veil of life. It’s the clouded, distorted lens, which warps our perception of reality and derives from things like ego and attachment.

By practicing yoga, we remove that veil and see life more clearly. Similarly, Ayurvedic philosophy emphasizes various practices so we may experience life clearly and fully.

Specifically, by maintaining the health of our sensory organs. One such protocol is called netra basti. Let’s take a look at netra basti benefits.

Netra Basti Benefits

  • Reduces tension and migraine headaches.
  • Soothes dry, itchy, eyes.1
  • Provides relief from allergies.
  • Improved vision.
  • Increased concentration and mental acuity.
  • Combats eye strain from TV, computers, and smartphones.
  • Relieves eye socket tension, twitches, and squinting.
  • Eases wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes.
  • Slows the natural degeneration of the eyes.
  • Lipid structure in ghee is similar to the body’s natural lubrication, making it especially nourishing for optic nerve tissues – even for those wearing a prosthetic eye.

And it doesn’t don’t stop there. Since the eyes are so closely connected to the brain and nervous system, its healing power runs far beyond just our lids.

In my six years of studying and practicing Ayurveda, I’ve begun to see more relaxation responses in my clients that are on par with shirodhara.

The most frequent comments I hear are, “I can’t believe how good my eyes feel” and “I feel so calm, relaxed”. Perhaps because the physical body’s eyes are so close to our spiritual third eye, the Ajna chakra?

After all, ajna means “the perception center” or “the command center”. During the treatment, some people experience mild stinging and therapeutic tearing, which is normal, as it’s the body’s way of cleansing and repairing the tissues.

Post-nasal mucus can come down too, clearing up congestion and pressure around the sinuses. After the treatment is over it is best to relax with the eyes closed.

This is the time to make a conscious, lifestyle choice and support the treatment – certainly not to go catch a movie, finish a novel, or focus on that knitting project.

I recommend scheduling two netra vasti sessions, one week apart, for longer-lasting effects.

No doubt, you will become a fan of netra vasti once you’ve experienced it. The physical effects are silky smooth and the energetic effects bolster you in creating positive images and visualizations in your life.

Ayurveda is the science of self-healing. Her sister (yoga) is the science of self-realization which relies upon a healthy body and mind.

So try this wonderful treatment for yourself, and sweep away the veil of avidya. Clear the film from the lens. See yourself and experience life more clearly. This is the way to samadhi.

Om, shanti, shanti, shanti 

Photo courtesy of Cara Brodstrom Photography.

Consult your Ayurvedic Practitioner before undergoing netra basti treatment. Do not attempt this procedure at home.

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  1. Dhiman, Kartar Singh, et al. “Clinical Efficacy of Ayurvedic Management in Computer Vision Syndrome: A Pilot Study.” Ayu, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, July 2012,

Kris Quinones, BA is a licensed massage therapist and registered yoga teacher, who specializes in Ayurvedic treatments. As a practical and solution-based therapist, her treatment approach is interactive and goal-oriented. She uses a combination of her knowledge in therapeutic massage and holistic healing, with her previous experience in orthopedics, yoga, and competitive sports to assist you in reaching your goals. In 1996, Kris earned her B.A. in biology from Franklin Pierce University, and is a graduate of a 900-hour therapeutic massage program at the Cortiva Muscular Therapy Institute in Watertown, MA. She has specialized advanced training in traditional Pancha Karma Ayurvedic therapies from both the world-renowned Kripalu Yoga Centre in Lenox, MA and the Jiva Academy of Vedic Sciences in Haryana, India. She has volunteered as a massage therapist for the 2007 Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Boston Marathon Team and the 2009 Annual Pan Mass Challenge and enjoys teaching. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Cortiva, providing instruction in foundational massage techniques and injury-related tension patterns; and also presents her original workshops, "Finding Your Ojas: An Ayurvedic Approach to Holistic Living" or "Ouch! That Hurts! An Introduction to Repetitive Stress Injuries for Professional Musicians", taught at Berklee College of Music. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and offers the following services: Traditional Ayurvedic treatments - Abhyanga, Nasya, Netra or Kati Basti, Udvartana, Shirodhara, Energy Body Balancing (Marma) Therapeutic Massage - Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal, Warm Stone massage (house calls available) Yoga instruction - a strength-based athletic style of vinyasa yoga based from the Ashtanga Yoga Method Educational Workshops By integrating her training in Western ideologies with Eastern philosophies, she offers a balanced approach to her clients - delivered with the highest standards of excellence in the profession. She offers appointments in her Somerville, MA office or as local housecalls. She is a brown-belt in Tae Kwon Do and her hobbies include salsa dancing, photography, and vegeterian cooking.


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