If you have been following this blog and my posts on my own practice for a while (or if you have the dubious fortune of actually having seen me practice), you'll know that I'm the biggest Ashtangic sweat-hog in the universe: I literally sweat puddles when I practice. I often get a bit embarrassed by this when I practice at studios I'm visiting at.
But I just watched the following video by Authorized Ashtanga Teacher Kimberly Flynn, which gave me a lot of assurance that I am not abnormal for being a sweat-hog. It also confirms something I have believed for a while now: Over the last couple of years of daily Ashtanga practice, I have come to believe that sweating at least a little everyday is a good way to detox the body on both the physical and mental levels. Most of us know that according to Ashtanga philosophy, sweating detoxifies and purifies the body of toxins. I also believe that sweating has a beneficial effect on your overall mood for the day, especially if you live in colder climates where you might not get so much sun at certain times of the year.
All of this is probably well-known to many Ashtanga practitioners out there. What is perhaps not so well-known is what you should do with your sweat when you are actually sweating. Do you wipe it off with a towel? No! You rub it back into your body!... No, really. Why? Because it is the fountain of youth. Kimberly gives a more detailed explanation in the video below. Enjoy!