Do you ache all over from your yoga practice? Are you angry or irritable? Could you be described as hot headed? Are you tired or not sleeping well? If you answered yes to any of these questions and certainly if you answered in the affirmative to multiple you need Oil Bath.
Oil bath is very special to me, not just because it has been super helpful over the years keeping my body and mind in tip top shape, but because it provides a very direct parampara connection between me and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Guruji taught the method of oil bath directly to Kimberly “Kiki” Flynn. Kimberly taught the method of oil bath directly to me. BOOM! The handing down of traditional knowledge at its best. Kimberly used to spread the method of oil bath to many ashtanga practitioners, both while in India and at home. She got permission to write up the directions from Guruji so that the spread of knowledge could be a little less time consuming – I have quoted her entire article below so that you too can have information directly from the source. Now I have taken to spreading the method of oil bath. I go so far as to host oil bath parties when I’m in Mysore to teach people new to the ayurvedic remedy the hows and whys. Kimberly and I shot two videos (view them below) – one on why and one on how – in a small apartment in Manhattan’s East Village to put up on YouTube. As of this writing the why video has 13,855 views and the how has 14,669. Not too shabby.
For my part I have discovered over the years that many people are doing oil bath wrong. “Incorrect method, no benefit!” Guruji used to say. Moreover, people are doing oil bath wrong even after being told how to do oil bath. To attempt to remedy this I have put together a little do’s and don’ts for our intrepid oil bathing friends. Think of them as the yamas and niyamas of the oil bathing process.
Get the Do’s and Don’ts including the full tutorial over on Michael’s personal blog here.