Sharath Jois at KPJAYI, Mysore on Castor Oil bathing
Q: No one talks about the castor oil baths anymore, yet my teacher Nancy Gilgoff said this is something that Gurujji said should be done every Sat.
Sharath: The castor oil bath is an Indian tradition. Every week, once a week Indians do the castor oil bath. In our family we do the castor oil bath every Saturday. In India on the other days we use coconut oil. We put some on the crown of the head, and on the body. If you want to do the castor oil bath you do it on a Saturday.
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I took my first yoga class in 1997 and practically fell asleep. Yoga was not for me! Fast forward three years and I go to my first Ashtanga Yoga class. I am blown away. I LOVE it! The only problem is it's a 30 min drive away and I now have a 2 year old son, and no child care at home. Fortunately, my then teacher - the wonderful Alex Medin, lets me bring him along. I wake him up at 5.30am and sling him in the back of the car in his baby blanket. He sits in the corner of the shala looking at books and listening to story tapes, and I practise. We don't manage it every day nor even sometimes every week, but we go when we can. It is not until many years later after the birth of my second son, when both boys are much older and in full time school, that I finally find my daily practise. And many years after that, that I finally get to Mysore.
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