fresh showerIt recently occurred to me that having grown up in a yogic community, there are all sorts of wonderful little tidbits of a yogic lifestyle that I have integrated into my life, but never really realized how powerful it is to have access to them and what a blessing it is to just have them woven into the fabric of my life.

Growing up, I took a cold shower every morning. My parents told me it was to stay healthy, and I never questioned it.  As I got older, I started making the switch to hot showers and became completely addicted to the luxury of hot water. It wasn’t until I was in college, and struggling to keep my head clear enough to maintain my grades that I remembered the heightened clarity that would follow me through the day after a cold shower.

There’s nothing that gives me clarity like a cold shower and helps me face my day – it’s soooo much better than coffee and it’s side effects are spectacular. Taking a cold shower makes all of your blood rush inward to your organs, flushing out toxins and sending fresh blood through them. It greatly enhances your circulation, charges your energy, activates your digestive system, circulatory system, lymphatic system and nervous system.

When I moved back to the US from India in 2001, I had allergies for the first time in my life. When the season for mowing lawns started, my head completely fogged up, I sneezed endlessly and couldn’t stay awake. I felt horrible and no natural medicines or home remedies could help. The second year, desperate for a solution,  I started taking cold showers in the morning. I found that my head would stay clear for hours afterward, and my allergies would clear. It felt like a small miracle.

Yogi Bhajan taught that yogis should start every day with a cold shower. Before entering the shower, you should use a sponge or body brush to exfoliate the skin. Then, rub almond oil over the entire body. He suggested wearing shorts/underwear in the cold shower to protect the thigh bone’s calcium-magnesium balance. You should stay in the cold water for a minimum of 3 minutes, and you should be moving the entire time, using your feet to massage your thighs and calves, and using your hands to massage your arms, back, chest, stomach, shoulders and face.

Women should avoid taking cold showers when menstruating.

There is also a very powerful form of Hydrotherapy Yogi Bhajan called Ishnaan which is a lengthy self-treatment in cold water.  It’s a really amazing treatment and is worth trying at least once.  Click Here to Read a Lecture about Ishnaan from Yogi Bhajan

Share your experience with cold showers here!  We would love to hear what they’ve done to help you.

– Karan



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