An interest in yoga rarely goes very far without encountering the Ayurvedic teachings. My last blog post covered the necessity of dry brushing, an ancient technique rooted in Ayurveda. Today, I want to discuss the magic that happens when we drink water from a copper vessel – another practice found in these ancient teachings.
Here is the copper water bottle I use. It is FDA-certified and leak-proof. Click the photo below:
As we delve more into Ayurvedic teachings here on my blog, I wanted to include a look at the etymology of the word.
In Sanskrit, which is the also known as ‘the language of yoga’ – the word Ayurveda is literally translated to ‘life science.’ So, through these teachings, we can learn how to become more attune to the needs of our bodies. We can view healing as something the whole body does, rather than just the ‘injured’ parts. We can learn how the systems of the body connect to function as one human organism.
Copper is considered an essential mineral for our body. Ayurveda recommends storing water overnight in a copper jug and drinking it first thing in the morning. The water stored this way is called ‘Tamra Jal’ and drinking this will work to balance all three doshas (Kapha, Vata and Pitta.)
The doshas are something I plan to write about in detail on this blog in the future. Here is a quick synopsis:
Copper has an electromagnetic energy which is called Prana Shakti. Drinking water that is steeped for 3-6 hours in a copper vessel is very beneficial to the body – it helps maintain body’s pH (acid-alkaline) balance.
Like everything else in life, the key to receiving the most benefit from this practice is balance. It is important to use this technique as a way to supplement your healthy lifestyle, but do not make this copper vessel your ONLY receptacle.
It is advised that the best way to incorporate this extremely powerful practice is in a 3 months on/1 month off fashion.
The following list is a group of benefits you can enjoy by following the recommendation of drinking water in this way four times per week.
- Anti-Aging: Say farewell to worries about fine lines and wrinkles- copper is your natural remedy. Infused with powerful anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, copper fights off free radicals which are the main cause of oxidation in our body. Copper also aids in new cell formation – out with the old and IN with the youthful skin.
- Anti-Inflammatory: It is said that all sickness begins as inflammation. You can also feel inflammation in the body when you have aching joints or even arthritis. Drinking water steeped in a copper vessel can help to relieve pain in the joints caused by inflammation. In this same way, this practice can help with the relief of acne, eczema, and psoriasis (all three are evidence of inflammation).
- Regulates the Thyroid Gland: Experts agree that people with diseases of the thyroid have one thing in common: Low levels of copper. Copper is one of the most important trace minerals the thyroid requires to function optimally. A lack in copper will cause the deterred function of the thyroid. In this way, drinking water from a copper vessel can help to regulate the functioning of the thyroid gland.
- Melanin Production: Copper is the main component in the production of melanin – and melanin is the pigment that is found in our hair, skin and eyes. Say yes to brighter eyes and healthier hair! Melanin also melanin helps to guard against sun damage and speeds up wound healing.
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