Last night I decided to go to one of the clubs I used to belong to for a steam bath to help kickstart my own internal ‘fire’.
In Ayurveda, we speak of ‘agni’ which is the part of the life-force-qi or ‘prana’, that helps transform or ‘cook’ anything in our bodies. It helps with our heat regulation, and getting things to move through our system.
Some things to be aware of when you steam:
Always put something cold on your head and on your heart. These vital organs need to stay cool.
Only stay in the steam room or sauna for short bursts of time. (Better to go back out and cool down for a while and then you can go back in another couple of times.) If you stay too long, your prana will say ‘Oh, s/he is taken care of heat regulation, so I won’t need to bother with it.’ Well…that is NOT what we want to have happen from doing this.
If you follow these steps, you will find that you feel ‘great’ after a steam. If you stay too long, you are exhausted and drained instead and it has taken a toll on your body instead of been beneficial and given you the desired outcome.
I felt so much better last night after doing this – rejuvenated and clear. And, this morning, most of my chest congestion and dryness is gone.
How did we forget all these common sense advise along the way…So many helpful things that we can all do that are simple, not expensive and life promoting — instead of pharmaceuticals that suppress our own power to heal.
Grateful for all I have learned about Ayurveda.
Love & Light!