How to stoke a Russian banya: Relaxation for body and soul

RBTH explains and shows how to not spoil the experience of a Russian banya (bathhouse).

A properly heated banya (bathhouse) is the cornerstone of health and wellbeing. How long does a Russian banya need to be stoked? What’s the right temperature for taking a steam bath? What’s the best type of venik (birch besom)? The answers to these questions and more can be found in our video.

Read more about the traditional banya

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