Ishnaan - The Science of Hydrotherapy
Go for it! When the cold water hits the surface of your skin (which has four layers) all the blood from way deep inside your body rushes to the surface in self-defense, vastly improving your circulation on the spot. This is called Hydrotherapy. It strengthens your entire nervous system. People pay huge sums of money for what is now called "Hydrothermal therapy" when in reality all you need is cold water!
But first, before you get wet, massage your body all over with a little oil. Oil is more easily absorbed by the skin when it is mixed with water--and you won't be greasy afterwards. Almond oil is highly recommended since the almond contains so many minerals, and it nourishes the body through the pores of the skin.
Go in and out of the water four times, constantly massaging your body until the water no longer feels cold. Be sure not to miss the area under your arms, which is where the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems meet. You can even stand on one foot and massage the top of it with the other foot. Women, be sure to massage your breasts."
Above Information From the Book:
The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
Your first victory of the day! You will probably become very holy the moment the cold water hits your body, because it is likely you will shout, "Oh my God!" You might try exclaiming "Wahe Guru" ("Wow, God is Great!") or "Ang Sang Wahe Guru" ("God lives in every limb of my being.") Remembering God is always a blessing.
Exceptions for women: Don't take cold showers during your monthly period and No cold showers after the seventh month of pregnancy; take lukewarm, body temperature showers instead.
Be sure to avoid the tops of your thighs, wearing shorts or boxer type underwear helps keep the cold water from affecting your femur bone, which is responsible for regulating your calcium and magnesium.
Sesame oil is used if you are normally cold, it is very warming and coconut oil is great too!
The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa "When we do ice-cold water massage, not only do we open up the capillaries, but when they return to normal, that blood goes back to the organs."
Yogic Hair Care
Hair grows on almost all places on the human body, and in the science of yoga, it serves the purpose of drawing energy into each area, and protecting it. Caring for hair as a gift and a resource is another useful yogic tool for everyday, spiritual living.
Hair serves several functions for the human being:
• Maintains the body’s electromagnetic field, acting as antennae for the aura.
• Hair is typically abundant where major glands function (e.g. eyebrows, under arms), affecting hormones and the entire electromagnetic body health.
• A man’s beard covers the pranic nerve in the chin controlled by the moon. Without hair, the male nervous system cannot handle this energy, while the female’s can.
• Gathers phosphorous and vitamin D from the sun.
• Concentrates solar energy at the pineal gland when worn in a rishi knot (see Covering the Head) at the top of the head.
• Note that wearing bangs over the forehead impedes the transmission of light to the pineal gland through the porous bones of the forehead.
• When kept uncut, the tremendous energy and materials used to build new protein-rich hair instead goes to the brain and other functions of the body.
• Uncut hair encourages rising of the Kundalini energy.
Question: Most Kundalini Yoga students let their hair grow. Is this necessary?
Yogi Bhajan: "No. You can practice with any length hair, but the hair was the first technique to raise the Kundalini energy. When the hair is at its natural full length and coiled over the anterior fontanel for men or the posterior fontanel for women, it draws pranic energy into the spine. The force of this downward positive energy causes the Kundalini energy to rise for balance."
Actually, the hair was so important that the word for consciousness, kundalini, derives from the kundal which means “a coil of the beloved’s hair.”
Yogic treatment of your hair ensures it will optimally serve you and your higher purpose.
• Uncut hair collects prana and acts as a filter and shield.
• Includes hair all over the body (e.g. head, legs, armpits, face, etc.).
• Notice how you feel when the hair reaches its natural length. Yes, this can be a big change and take some time!
• Combing with a wooden comb (or natural bristle brush) neutralizes the static electricity, distributes natural oils, and keeps the hairs untangled.
• Combing the hair down calms and soothes.
• Combing the hair up energizes and invigorates.
• Use these effects to your advantage! Comb your hair if you need a pick-me-up or in order to relax.
• Make a habit of combing your hair for 5 minutes morning and night.
• Prior to showering, vigorously massage oil (almond oil recommended) into your hair and scalp.
• Wrap it with a thick cloth (so you don’t mess up your clothes).
• Let sit for an hour or two then wash your hair as usual.
• For an extra treat, mix yogurt and a fragrance in with the oil before massaging your hair.
• Expose your hair, head, and skull to the sun at least once a week.
References: The Aquarian Teacher: KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Textbook Level One, Kundalini Yoga: Unlock Your Inner Potential through Life-Changing Exercise by Shakta Kaur Khalsa, and Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
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