I am aware that practices have different effects on different people at different times, perhaps all I am doing is giving "heads up"
The two practices I am referring to are the oil bath, and the hot bath.
I attempted to take a hot bath before practice in December and then went to the shala. It was a very cold day, and I was very VERY warm, double hat, globes, pants, leg warmers, everything, yet I got a cold, and a bad one, that lasted the whole 7 days.
However, bathing after practice has never harmed me in any season.
The other one was just a few weeks ago when I attempted the oil bath, especially the "head" part. Again, about 6 hours later I had to go to the street, and even though I was dressed very warm, again, I went down with a cold.
I suppose what I am learning is that winter is a very special season, one in which, especially at my latitude where it gets really cold, I need to take extra precautions.
I am also happy to get to know the internal guru, giving me guideance for the future. Now I know.
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