When I studied Yoga I learnt the Yamas and Niyamas and one of these was Tapasya which I understood to be “endurance of opposites”, simply put this means remaining balanced in extremes e.g. if the weather is cold I am OK and conversely if the weather is hot I am still OK and it also applies to emotions and to our thoughts. I have attached further explanation on this topic.
When I was in the Ashram I had cold showers every morning which was great during the hot months but more difficult in the colder months but I definitely felt the better of it. It was something I had lost up to recently until I discovered Wim Hof “The Iceman” and it has brought me back to the practice of Tapasya.
It also reminded me of the Guru who has done HIS Pancha Agni sadhana (5 fires ceremony) this involoves sititng in the middle of 4 fires (the sun is the fifth) and reciting mantra (not sure which mantra) for a long period of time, my knowledge of this is limited so I have attached a better explanation.http://www.yogamag.net/archives/2002/esep02/panch.shtml
NOE TO THE PRESENT
I had a cold shower first thing this morning before my morning Yoga practice, it was great not as bad as I had thought, after dropping the kids to school I then went out to Dollymount for a dip it was freezing but really invigorating and I feel great right now.
The reason for all this was my interest in Wim Hof” The Iceman” he is quite a character I was almost going to book a weekend in Barcelona to do a workshop with him through the Mindvalley group that I follow the…