Now one might wonder whether there’s any method to bathing or taking shower. Yes, there is! And there are FIVE KINDS OF BATHING. Bathing with EARTH/ MUD, WATER, FIRE, AIR, SPACE/ETHER.
EARTH/ MUD BATH
Here either you can cover your entire body with clay except your head or get submerged in earth leaving your head out. If your do this for half an hour to on hour it is good. While applying fine clay on your body or on specific parts either you can cover it with a cloth or leave it uncovered. IF you leave it UNCOVERED temperature is reduced; it has a cooling effect. If you COVER it with a cloth temperature is increased.This practice removes toxins from the body, reduces swelling, relaxes the muscles, removes pain and so on. Now you know why in the akhara people exercise in the mud.
Normally the water you get for bathing will be slightly less than room temperature. Here one should start bathing by washing and cleaning both your feet first–its under side as well as top portion. Then you should pour water on your legs from the waist down. Then you should pour water on your arms and torso (base of neck to waist). Finally you should pour water on your head couple of times. Clean every inch of your body.
While taking shower also this method should be adopted. Cold water bathing strengthens your body.
One should not bath in VERY COLD WATER. One should bath twice daily and once in rainy season if you have not sweated during the day. Singing while taking a bath is good to balance temperature
WARM WATER BATHING
In warm water bathing also you should adopt the procedure for cold water bathing. This is for the brain to get used to the temperature shift. Warm water bathing removes toxins through the skin and relaxes your muscles. Too much warm water bathing weakens your body. It is best to do it once in a while.
TOXINS IN YOUR BATHROOM
All your shaving creams, soaps, shampoos, cleaning agents everything artificially made by man are TOXIC. WHen you use such thins on your body they seep into your body through the pores on your skin and create all kinds of problems. So dont use such SHITS. For bathing in bharat we traditionally used powdered pulses like green gram and so on instead of soap.
Heating water in HEATERS or MICROWAVES for bathing is NOT GOOD.
HOW TO DRY OFF WITH A TOWEL AFTER BATHING
First rub your back completely, then your head, then face, then torso, then arms, then legs.
It is best to start your day by exposing EVERY INCH OF YOUR BODY including your ANUS to sunlight. You can do this either while exercising or after bathing. Unless you get enough sunlight certain nutrients are not absorbed in you body. Foreigners understand its importance and lie naked on beaches to absorb sunlight. Best time to sun bath before 9 AM and after 4 PM.
Lighting a lamp in the morning and evening also serves the same purpose. But is less effective than exposing to SUNLIGHT.
KRIYA YOGA is the ULTIMATE FIRE BATH where you bath yourself with inner energy or SUN/ prana.
You can learn about sun gazing here: http://sunyoga.info/.
Even NASA has confirmed sun gazing: http://guardianlv.com/2013/05/nasa-confirms-super-human-abilities-gained/
For learning SURYA KRIYA click:
“Hiranmayena patrena satya-syapi-hitam mukham,
tattvam pusanna-pavrnu satya-dharmaya drstaye.”
“The Truth is concealed by the golden vessel. O Sun! Open the entrance to that cover, so that the Truth that is concealed by you is visible to me, a truthful devotee, by your illuminating Grace.”
One should expose oneself to breeze either naked or with clothes. NAKED is the best in all the type of baths. Pranayama is another way to clean the air within you but only when the atmosphere is clean. It is not recommended in cities where pollution is high.
ETHER/ SPACE BATH
Meditation cleans the space within you.