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Are You Showering the Right Way?

Jun 10, 2021
Sadhguru: It is not about washing away the dirt from the skin, but rather a certain purification takes place at a deeper level. In line with your ears, here, at that point you put a little cold water. Once your cellular structure is charged with energy, it will remain young for a long, long time. In most commonly used Indian languages, the word hatha means to be inflexible. This is a quality you will need. Your body says, "Enough, I've had it." But you are inflexible. This is Hatha Yoga. Your mind says, "I give up, I can't do this anymore." But you're adamant, just do it.
are you showering the right way
So Hatha Yoga is about creating a body that will not be an obstacle in one's life. It will become a stepping stone, but not an obstacle, nor an obstacle in one's progress towards one's greatest possibility. Simple advice (I'm not known for giving advice, I have a bad reputation), but simple advice, a shower. There was no shower. Bathing always meant diving into the river. They always went to the river, dived in, got out and did it. If you do this, your muscles will be fine. So an alternative way to do it is... Generally in our. houses, the bucket we use to pour water is this big, it has at least four liters of water, if you do this, the whole body, that's it, always...
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I mean, I'm not going to insist on this for the ladies, your hairstyles and everything, but a bath always means that the first bucket of water is on your head, always putting cold water on your body will transfer the heat to your brain, very quickly, that should not happen. So that's why those who don't want to get their hair wet, at least take a little bit of cold water and put it on... you know that here there is a point... in line with the ears here, at that point it gets a little cold water, you will immediately see that a certain cooling occurs in the head region;
are you showering the right way
After that you can bathe with just your body. But otherwise, always... the first bucket of water is on your head, not on your body. So what you do is you fill the bucket and... (Gesture) That's the best way to do it in the morning. The body must be submerged in water, you are trying to create a simulated bath in the river, okay? At the same time, the whole body must be… at least the skin must be covered with water at the same time. Not like that, like that, like that, like that, like that, you know. If you pour water, the whole body… the body should think that you are taking it for a dip.
are you showering the right way
So if you pour like this, there is a certain coldness in the system and the muscles become very flexible. The shower can do it for you. If the shower is strong enough or at least if the water volume is good enough, the shower can easily achieve this. It is always best to use water a little colder than room temperature. It is enough to flow a certain volume of water over one or immerse it in water that is colder than room temperature, because if this happens, what happens on the surface is the cells, the epithelial cells will contract.
When they contract they open all the pores. The pores between the cells will open. The cells themselves have pores. We don't want that to open. It will open if you put it in warm water. If you put... submerge your body in a tub of hot water, the cells will open up and absorb water. This is not always good. You put the body in cold water, the cells will contract, the spaces in between will open and that is important for practicing yoga because we want the cellular structure of the body to be charged with a different dimension of energy.
If the cells contract and make space and then you practice yoga, then the cellular structure of the body becomes charged. The reason why one person appears to be much more alive than the other is essentially because of this, and once your cellular structure is charged with energy, you will remain young for a long, long time. When people think why the old bastard isn't dead yet, you still feel like you're twenty-five years old. Hatha Yoga is also a way to frustrate the world. So, water that is colder than room temperature. In India, it is... at least in South India, it's not a big deal.
The water is always at that temperature, an ideal place. But if you're in a colder country, if you're in a temperate climate, the water may be too cold. That's not good. The water should be, say, five to eight degrees Celsius below room temperature, no more than that. So, if you are prone to catching a cold, initially during the first few weeks you put a tablespoon of eucalyptus oil in the cold water and pour it over yourself. You will see that your cold will go away, not because of the eucalyptus oil, just because of the cold water.
If you have an infection and something else that is causing excess mucus, it should be treated differently. But as I said, the water should be between five and eight degrees below room temperature, not excessively cold water, no. If there's any kind of interaction, any kind of mixing and mingling of any kind, if you're in a crowd for a long time, when you get home, the first thing is to take a shower. You have to do this. If three, four, five showers a day are necessary, it doesn't matter. For a sadhaka, it is good to take a shower many times a day.
You shouldn't overdo it, but there were times when I used to shower at least five to seven times a day. Now it comes down to maybe...definitely two, sometimes three. Two are essential for you, more is good. Any kind of physical contact happens with someone, a period of more than, say, six minutes, even if you are holding someone's hand, before doing yoga you better take a shower. This is not a cleanup thing. We are not trying to cleanse the body, that is not the point. It is not because someone is impure: you are trying to cleanse your body.
Yoga is a way to organize your energies in an individual. So if any kind of transaction happens too much (if I come and sit at a show, I'm not even physically touching anyone), if I sit at a show for two or three hours, the first thing I do is take a shower because just the interaction it creates a certain amount of… the integrity of your energy becomes a little loose. So at any time, the first thing you should do when you get home is take a shower. Showering doesn't have to mean soap, shampoo, this, that, a bucket full of "boom" water, just flowing, purifying water.
How do you purify water without washing or scrubbing? Not that way. You know, certain metals are used in nuclear reactors, particularly metals like titanium and even platinum and some other things. If they want to purify these metals, they want metals in their purest form; In the normal laboratory process they can only purify them to a certain point; beyond that, they are not able to purify themselves. So what they do is make a rod of this metal and make another ring; just move it up and down without touching it, just do this and you will see the metals will be purified.
So seventy-two percent of your body is water. You just pour water on this, there is some purification. It's not about washing the dirt off your skin, that's there anyway, that's something else. But some purification on a deeper level occurs simply by allowing the water to flow over you. Have you seen... Suppose you are very tense on a particular day, when you go and stand under the shower, you don't want to come out, you just want to stay there for some time; Those three or five minutes in the shower haven't solved any problem in your life, but when you get out, it seems like it's gone.
You are like being born fresh. Have you noticed this? You feel like everything is gone because the only thing that's happening is... very much two-thirds of it is water. If water would simply flow over this, certain things would change.

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