In our next installment of the Meditation How-Tos marriage advice series, the Kundalini guide behind Benshen, Desiree Pais, gives you the step-by-step methods you need to practice to stay focused and calm before, during, and after you tie the knot.
Women go to great lengths to feel and experience beauty—we buy tons of products and try multitudes of treatments. But, one of the greatest beauty tools is right in your house, waiting for you to give it a try. Unfortunately, you’re not going to like it. Just bear with me because it truly gives your skin that radiant glow you’ve been working so hard to get.
Hydrotherapy is an ancient tool used for radiant health. By that, I mean: cold showers! I know, I know, you get a chill to the bone just reading this, but the benefits are numerous and well worth the few minutes of cold water. A few minutes of cold water for a lifetime of health and beauty feels like a fair trade, if you ask me.
In Kundalini yoga, this is one of the biggest beauty secrets we have. If you look at many of the women who practice Kundalini, it’s not just the hormone-balancing effect of the practices and meditations, it’s also the daily cold showers that make these women absolutely glow. Cold showers are known to clean the blood in a way that nothing else can; it opens the tiny blood capillaries in the body where we store toxins that are very hard to remove—toxins that age us. These capillaries will open and flush out all the toxins and get the circulation moving through the entire body.
Regular cold showers will not only clean out toxins from the body, but will also balance the glandular system (your hormones), strengthen your nervous system (your ability to handle stress), and keep your skin youthful and glowing. Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini yoga, says: "Showers should be cold. Cold showers preserve a woman as a woman; they correct imbalanced menstruation, prevent early menopause and skin problems, and they help her to keep her glow."
How to Practice Hydrotherapy
- Massage the body with almond oil or olive oil. This helps to neutralize the toxins as they are being released.
- It's recommended that women wear something to cover the thighs to protect the femur (thigh bone) from the sharp cold. This area of the body regulates the production of calcium and it’s very sensitive, so if possible, wear shorts or try to avoid getting that area cold as much as possible.
- After you massage with oil and cover yourself (or not), step into the cold shower and briskly massage your skin as if you’re cold and trying to warm yourself up. (Oh, wait, you are!) Move, laugh, scream, breathe. Do whatever you can to stay in there and briskly massage your body.
- Massage the arms, under the armpits, the breasts, your lower back, the backs of your calves.
- Let the cold water hit your face, your forehead, above your upper lip.
- Continue to rub your skin vigorously! Massage until you feel your body warming up (I know, it sounds impossible but this will actually happen as the blood rushes to the surface and your body is able to sustain the cold).
- When finished after a few minutes, dry yourself off with a warm towel.
- While many women chose to do this daily, at least once a week is good enough to start.
- If you need a video on how to do it right, visit the video here of incredible Kundalini yoga teacher Harijiwan teaching how to properly do this yogic practice (it’s a whole thing, trust me) and the many benefits of doing so .
Desiree Pais is a meditation and Kundalini-yoga guide and a natural-beauty alchemist. She is currently pursuing a master's degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and she studied Daoist healing with Grandmaster Sung Baek. She teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation classes and workshops around New York City. She aims to make these ancient methods available to anyone who is interested in using this profound practice to create the life they want to experience.