Why cleanse? Why detox? Doesn’t our body do this all the time?
The answer is, “Yes, our bodies, cleanse, detox, and heal imbalances all day (and night) long.”
However, our current lifestyles and environment often overload these built-in natural processes. Even if we are conscientious, over time toxins can build up in our bodies and the results can be small imbalances like aches, allergies, poor digestion, or fatigue. And it’s not just our physical body that can be challenged. As the year ends with holiday preparations & increased activities, the desire to get things wrapped up and completed NOW, as well as attending to our more routine needs, we can find our mind and spirit begging for relief and attention, too.
For example, I think I do a pretty good job of maintaining balance in my life - as co-owner of a yoga studio, being in a ‘yogic’ environment for half of my daily life certainly helps contribute to it. Yet... if just a general policy for an occasional cleanse isn’t enough of a reason for me to schedule a time to detox my body, certainly my experience last Friday in class provides one. I did my usual warm-ups before class started—but where was my usual eager anticipation for the class to come? In fact, I had had to drag myself to class because I was feeling so sluggish. I reviewed my last four days. What had happened between the Monday 6 am Sunrise class I had taught with such enthusiasm and the Friday 5:30 pm Vinyasa class I was now facing with apprehension? I’ll tell you what: Wednesday night’s dinner roll, pumpkin and apple pie; Thursday morning’s brunch with coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, and German apple pancake; Thursday evening’s carmel-something pie; Friday morning’s Swedish breakfast bread; and finally, on my drive home, a (never before tried, but someone mentioned bacon that morning) small bacon cheeseburger I selected at the fast food drive-thru because it was the only place without a line of cars. Clearly, my body was sluggish in direct response to being overloaded by foods it couldn’t process optimally. My body responded the only way it could to this toxic overload: sluggishness I made it through the Happy Hour class, thanked Robin, and headed home for a light meal that would be less challenging to my digestive system.
So, I am more than ready to move towards optimal health with Santosha’s upcoming mind/body detox and nutritional habit building month which begins in January. Even if you are feeling good, the change in diet and renewal of your yoga practice habits will provide you with a welcome re-charge as you begin 2015. I hope that you will join me and others for this month of rejuvenation.
We will use Tiffany Cruickshank’s “Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life” as a resource. If you have a copy, retrieve it and start to review. Each time, I find something new that sticks with me when I read it. If this is your first time to join Santosha’s month of rejuvenation, there are copies available at the studio for purchase.
You can start anytime, but there will be a kick-off meeting Sunday, January 3rd at 3:30 p.m. to orient you to the 4 week cleanse & detox, gain some hints on getting started, and a Q & A with Lisa Sullivan-- she's one of our yogis, and an RN and certified Health Coach.
I have printed up the goal setting questions from the book and have them at the studio if you want to pick them up ahead of time. Each week, I will also post in the studio an overview of each week’s detox goals to help you stay on program. I am very much looking forward to doing this again in the company of friends. I feel better already!!
Begins this Sunday and is completely free to participate!