The science of the cold shower or Ishnaan was taught to me by my teacher Yogi Bhajan as part of a practice of rising very early before dawn and preparing myself for yoga and meditation.
Cold showers have been used since ancient times and the method is one of the best kept secrets to promote overall radiant health. It is only in developed countries where we have the luxury of hot water that people have forgotten how to take cold baths.
The regular practice of cold shower therapy:
•strengthens the immune system.
•rejuvenates the glandular system.
•improves blood circulation and flushes out toxins.
•strengthens the nervous system.
•increases fertility in men.
• is a natural anti-depressant.
This last one is definitely an understatement.
Use the cold water tap only!
You can prepare yourself before the shower by applying some almond oil to your body.
Now get in the shower and turn on the cold water tap only. As the cold water hits my skin I use the Breath of Fire which I presented in my last post. It allows me to go through any initial “reluctance” if I may call it that.
I also massage the skin where the water hits and stay with the cold water until it actually begins to feel warm. This is the secret. Your body will actually start to feel warm and it is a sign that your circulatory system is meeting the cold.
What is happening is when the cold water meets the surface of your skin, blood from from the interior organs rushes to the surface to counter the cold. In the process the capillaries are dilated and toxins are flushed out. Blood circulation is improved. You actually feel warm through your day and have an increased resistance to cold.
The glandular system is stimulated and the pituitary releases “feel good” polypeptides called endorphins.
Taking a cold shower makes me feel young, invigorated, alive and alert! Wowie zowie!
This cold shower method, or Ishnaan, is not to be used if you have a medical condition, are pregnant or are menstruating. Please check with your healthcare practitioner before practicing it.
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