During these cold winter months, super charge your cells with a shock of cold water-The Science of Hydrotherapy.
The blood that flows throughout your body from your heart muscles, will rush to meet the challenge of the cold, increasing your circulation, increasing your heart rate and increasing your metabolism. You will feel invigorated and energized, and you will realize that being cold is a matter of perspective.
Like your personal yoga practice: face the things that are difficult in life, eliminate the mental chatter and keep your focus. In your steadiness: take that leap of faith, trusting that all will be well. Knowing that you will find your equilibrium again, with greater wisdom and more perspecive than you had before you took the plunge.
Some possible health benefits of taking a cold shower:
1) Strong Immune System
2) Fat Loss
3) Improved Circulation
4) Increased Ability to Regulate Body Temperature
5) Used for Symptoms of Mental Illness: Depression, Stress & Insomnia
6) Improved Quality of the Skin & Hair
7) Increased Energy
This can be used as a 40-day practice: the duration of time in order to change a habit.
How to begin:
1) Lather up with some soap or warm oil.
2) Submerge an extremity with cold water and vigorously rub until warm.
3) Repeat with all extremities, working toward the heart center.
Find out for yourself, the inner glow you develop from taking a cold shower.
If you are willing to do only what’s easy,
life will be hard,
but if you are willing to do what’s hard,
life will be easy.
– T. Harv Eker
You can check out Joel Runyon’s link and TED talk about the cold shower
3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy) link of Yogi Bhajan’s explanation of the Hydrotherapy
*Consult a physician if you think that you may have any health issues that would be impacted by doing this exercise.
*Do not take cold showers while: pregnant, on your moon cycle, fever, rheumatism or have heart disease.