Birch Leaves in the Banya

Immersing my self in Russian culture: the banya and getting whipped with birch leaves.....
07 June 2013

Interview with 

Dr Andrew Irving, Dundee University, Dr Mark Cunnigham, Newcastle University, Dr Jamie Ainge, St Andrews University


I took a little interval to immerse myself in Russian culture. Andy Irving took me to the banya. And what, exactly, is one of those? A sauna, including getting whipped by birch leaves. All in the name of getting in touch with the local traditional and demonstrating how our body and brains regulate temperature, or so I was told....


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