Kundalini yogis have habits that most people would never think of incorporating into their lives– like waking up at the crack of dawn and taking cold showers. Needless to say, I wasn’t too thrilled about making cold showers a part my daily routine. I loved the comfort of taking a hot, steaming shower at the end of a stressful day. It was one of my most prized luxuries. I didn’t want to give that up, and especially not for a cold shower that didn’t sound enjoyable at all.
But as I began experimenting with sadhana, I also began experimenting with these cold yogi showers.
There is a laundry list of benefits associated with taking a cold shower:
1. Keeps your skin radiant
2. Opens up the capillaries
3. Flushes the internal organs by giving them a new supply of oxygen
4. Mental clarity
5. Strengthens the mucous membranes
6. Cleans the circulatory system
Even though I knew about all these great benefits, it was still a challenge for me to do it. They really weren’t pleasant at first. I would take a hot shower, wash my hair and body, and save the cold water for the very last minute of my shower. It took some time for me to get used to being uncomfortable in the shower when I’ve always associated showers with relaxation.
I gradually worked my way up to taking a full shower in cold water. And the more I did it, the more I enjoyed it.
After a cold shower, I always have a sense of clarity and energy that can’t be matched by coffee. I feel every part of my body wake up from the shock of the cold water, and my internal organs feel rejuvenated. It’s a great way to clear the body and prepare it for a morning meditation.
I don’t take a cold shower everyday (let’s be honest, I love my hot showers) but I try to take one at least once a week to provide my body with a fresh supply of blood and oxygen.
Try it sometime! You can find a complete how-to article here.
And as a practical note, cold showers are a great way to get you to work on time. You’ll always want to get out of the cold water as fast as possible!
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