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Los Maestros Sikh enseñaron el valor del ishnaan o hidroterapia como parte de la práctica diaria de Sikh Dharma.  Tradicionalmente en India el ishnaan es efectuado al sumergirse en los estanques sagrados que rodean a los templos Sikh.  En tiempos modernos un baño frío en tu propia casa puede proveerte los mismos beneficios.

Bhai Sahiba Dr. Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, en su libro Viviendo la Realidad, explica la tradición Sikh del ishnaan.

"Cuando tomas un baño con agua fría por la mañana, es como la primera batalla del día.  Decir en voz alta Wahe Guru cuando estas temblando, es tu grito de guerra. Y cuando sales victorioso, estás listo para enfrentar cualquier reto que venga.

"Los Gurus (Maestros Sikh) pusieron el ejemplo, comenzando por Guru Nanak.  Guru Nanak solía meditar en el río muy temprano por la mañana.  La práctica se llama ishnaan y es la ciencia de la hidroterapia.  Revitaliza totalmente tus capilares y te vuelve brillante, fresco y alerta para tu sadhana (práctica diaria).  Si durante tu baño recitas el Shabad (Canción Sagrada) de Guru Ram Das, Gur Satgur Ka Llo Sikh Akhae crearás una vibración y experiencia similar a sumertirte en el Amrit Sarovar (estanque sagrado) del Templo Dorado en Amritsar, India."

Cómo tomar un baño con agua fría
Extracto de Kundalini Yoga, The Flow of Eternal Power, de Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

Antes de entrar al la regadera, sí, antes de que te mojes, masajea tu cuerpo con un poco de aceite.  El aceite es más facilmente absorbido por la piel cuando

Before you get under the shower, yes, 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 your skin. 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 your own two hands, cold water, and courage.

 

An added benefit is that you will probably become very holy the moment the cold water hits your body, because it is very 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.

 

Go in and out of the water four times, constantly massaging your body until the water no longer feels cold. Be sure to get the armpits (major nerve centers) and the insides of the thighs. You can even stand on one foot and massage the top of it with the other foot, but don't slip or trip. Women, be sure to massage your breasts.

 

Then, your first victory of the day achieved, dry off briskly with a rough towel till the body really shines; put on loose, comfortable exercise clothing, and you're ready to do your sadhana, your personal daily spiritual practice.

 

If you really love hot showers, wonderful. Take them at night, or sometime when you can wrap up afterwards in lots of blankets and sweat for at least an hour or two. But in the morning, cold water is your best friend. The morning shower is for your circulation, and stimulation of your nervous and glandular systems. (Page 119-120)

 

To help maintain the magnesium balance of the body, consider wearing very light cotton shorts that come down to your knees, covering the thighs, when you take your cold shower.

 

 

 

[1] Living Reality, page 83.

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