To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse…
by Nancy Shanteau
Embarking on a cleanse brings the anticipation of good health,
the excitement of trying something new, the fear of hunger, scarcity,
and the unknown, the joy of simplicity. Will you survive and thrive,
or will you find out that cleansing is not for you? Yogis have
long used cleanses to enlighten and enliven their daily practices,
to shed light on habits, and increase appreciation for the abundance
we experience everyday.
What is a cleanse?
Traditionally, an Ayurvedic cleanse involves eating a mono-diet
of kitcharee, a blend of brown rice, vegetables, and the optional
addition of ghee, clarified butter. Wild Mountain yoga teachers
have cleansed their diets using the following combinations: brown
rice and tea, cabbage soup, a vegan diet with no sugar, alcohol,
or caffeine, or a lemon, honey, and cayenne pepper drink. Whatever
you choose, a cleanse brings attention to your daily choices.
To help you decide if and how to cleanse, we asked our yoga teachers
to share their cleansing know-how with you. Here are some tips
and suggestions gleaned from their experiences.
- The First Few Days Are The Hardest: Start
your cleanse with lots of support. If your significant other,
housemates, and friends are not cleansing with you, ask them
to prepare their food separately so you don't get tempted. If
others aren't cleansing, honor and accept their choice and ask
them to honor yours. Find a cleansing buddy for daily check-in
conversations, or keep a cleansing journal to give you space
to express your feelings around the experience.
“My determination of completing what I had decided to accomplish
made it easy for me to stay on the cleanse.” -- Maria Zarate
- Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Cleanse
in moderation. Perhaps eliminate one or two things in your diet
for one or two days and watch your response. Or, instead of
changing your eating habits, perhaps you might de-clutter your
home, or practice mono-tasking instead of multi-tasking. Turn
off the radio while driving, and pay attention during meals
instead of reading or having a conversation.
Ask yourself: “Can I allow peace and quiet to seep under my skin?”
-- Katie Carter
- Intention, Intention, Intention : Getting
in touch with your purpose will help you maintain the cleanse.
Write yourself a note at the beginning, and post it in a conspicuous
location to offer you frequent reminders of why you are cleansing.
Share your reason for cleansing with your friends and supporters,
and ask them to remind you and encourage you during the cleansing
“It was rewarding to realize how much we have in exess that we
do not really appreciate.” -- Mandy Farnsworth
- Savor the Experience: Enjoy the flavors in
the food you eat during the cleanse, the feeling of lightness
inside and out. Instead of focusing on the food you are missing,
notice and appreciate the food you are eating,. Take time to
listen to your body, and harmonize with your own rhythms. Practice
remembering where your food came from, from seed to fruit, through
weather and travel, and appreciate the gift of nourishment it
“A cleanse doesn't just work on the body, it is a renewal of
mind, body and soul.” – Elke Brown
- Less is More: Cleansing is an opportunity
to awaken to our habits, our patterns of eating, thinking, and
doing that are unconscious. Free your schedule to enjoy the
experience of cleansing, and practice yoga that eases digestion,
and frees trapped and stagnant fluids in the body. Meditation
and introspection offer time for rest and reflection, setting
the stage for the blossoming of spring.
“Cleaning out has always brought more energy. A lightness in
being all the way around.” -- Linda Savitz
However you choose to cleanse this week, may you delight in the
richness of emptying out and relish the simplicity of doing less.
Cleansing is a great opportunity to pay attention and raise your
Nancy Shanteau helps real people write great books.
She's also a children's novelist and a yoga teacher at Wild Mountain
Yoga Center. She can be reached at email@example.com or
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DO ... stay well hydrated.
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DO ... arrive on time. Each class has its own rhythm.
The beginning is important.
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Wild Mountain Yoga Center is located in the Seven Hills Business District just west of downtown Nevada City. Traveling from Grass Valley take Hwy 49/20 to the Gold Flat/Ridge Rd. exit. Turn left and go over freeway and take the first right onto Searls Ave. Continue for about 2 blocks and we're on the left at 574 Searls.
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