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Ayurveda Cleanse Day 3

An Update:

I added a bit of sweet potato to my kitchari after yoga today…SO good. I highly recommend it. Just sauteed a bit in coconut oil and through it into my normal mixture. Since today I am not at work, I was feeling low blood sugar creep in with the absence of the fruit/vegetable juices, so the sweet potato was perfect. I just read that you can go off the cleanse with a one day juice cleanse, I think I’ll do that friday.

The kind folks at The Herbalist set me up with a special detox herbal tincture for my cleanse! I’m going to make some tinctures of my own in the next week to see how they turn out, their benefits are amazing!

This one has Oregon Grape root, Yellow Dock root, Burdock root, Dandelion root, and fennel. I will let you know how it effects me after a full day of use.


Tastes like rotten garbage…That must mean it’s working!

Detox Tip #2

Lemon water! I know it sounds obvious, but it has really saved the day for me! On cleanses your sense of smell and taste are heightened, and the lemon water tastes so flavorful and delicious! As much as I miss my morning coffee, these benefits of drinking warm lemon water in the morning are hard to ignore:

Boosts your immune system. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
Balances pH. Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). An alkaline body is apparently the key to good health.
Aids digestion. The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
Clears skin. The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
Hydrates the lymph system. This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, things like yoga can only control it up to a certain point, your diet must help out!
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Ayurveda Cleanse Day 2: Detoxing with Pranayama

An Update:

Thank goodness the headache is gone today. Unfortunately I’m having some sinus pressure, I remember that happening during my juice cleanse too but I’ve never heard anyone else mention that symptom. It faded mid morning and all went back to normal. I devoured my first two servings of kitchari already today and in between had smalls cups of carrot lime juice and kale cucumber lime juice with a dash of apple. No pure parsley shots today but the juice definitely clears that foggy brain feeling.

Yoga went well again, sweating is always nice although my body doesn’t feel as flexible or strong as when I’m on a raw food diet. I will admit I just had double servings of kitchari…this batch was so good and I was hungry! The no water with meals thing is tough for me too! Apparently water during meals dilutes the digestive enzymes and makes it difficult to absorb nutrients.

Tomorrow night I think I’ll treat myself to a more gourmet version with veggies and whatever my personal chef boyfriend concocts. Namaste!

Detox Tip #1: 

I’ve been reading about the detoxifying effects of pranayama.

Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Your lymph system is what gets the garbage out. Practice 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out.

According to the ‘Tao of Breathing’ up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system which fights off viral and bacterial invaders is weakened along with a slower digestive process.It’s all about the breath!


just in case you forgot how to breathe

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My Ayurvedic Cleanse

It’s that time of year- spring cleaning!

At first I thought I’d just do a Kitchari only diet, but then I decidedto- why not just dive in?! This stuff is 5,000 years old, there must be something to it!

In my 200 RYT training we did a couple days of study on Ayurveda, yoga’s sister “life science.”

At the recommendation of some of my fellow trainees, I purchased “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies.” I like it a lot! It’s organized perfectly and doesn’t have too much stuff about herbal concoctions I won’t ever find in my city anyways. And I’m starting to get nervous excited about it. I’ll check in with you all daily and introduce a few more techniques for tidying up your temple.

DINACHARYA – Daily Routine

Wake early. In Ayurveda, it’s essential to wake up early for peace of mind. I am a Pitta, so I will be waking up at 5:30am.

Say a prayer. My normal routine is opening my eyes and immediately checking my email. This is a problem. So I have decided on theses mantras-

  • Locah samastah sukhino bhavantu – May all beings everywhere be happy, healthy, and free.
  • Om namah shivaya gurave satchitananda murtaye nisprapancaya santaya niralambaya tejase – I honor the luminous teacher within me and within the universe who assumes the forms of truth, consciousness, and bliss. This guiding goodness is never absent, transending limitations with a deep, abiding peace. It is the sparkling beauty that shines out through all of creation. It is the purest, most powerful light, and it is beaming its goodness within you.

The second was my teacher training (Anusara) opening invocation, and the first is a common mantra used in yoga. Both have a wide variety of translations.

Eye exercises. Blink eyes 7 times, side to side, up and down, diagonally, clockwise, and counterclockwise. This is said to help you feel alert and fresh. We’ll see…

Warm water. Warm water first thing in the morning washes the gastrointestinal tract and flushes the kidneys.

Jiva Sodhana/tongue scraping. Have you ever looked at your tongue in the morning? Gross. That layer of whatever color is toxins from your body has excreted from your saliva glands. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to just leave them there, so the instructions are to scrape from back to front 7-14 times.

Kavala Gandusha/oil pulling. This was one I’d never heard of before. Gargling oil is said to strengthen the teeth, gums, and jaws and also strengthen the voice, and remove wrinkles. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses. With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area.

Nasal irrigation.  Every day substances and pollutants enter our sinus cavities through our noses. Centuries ago the kinds of materials that entered our bodies through our nose were probably a lot less harmful that the substances that enter our body through our nose today. So- we rinse our noses! I won’t be using salt water like most do, I don’t like the taste of salt water in my throat hours after. Nasal irrigation freshens your sinus cavities and nose, especially in spring with allergens and different irritants flying around.

Ahbyanga/oil message. Before showering every day, massage your entire body with 4-5 ounces of warm oil. Oil massage improves circulation calms the mind, reduces stress, and clears excess Vata energy. And of course, the oil message makes your skin bright, soft, and supple.

  • Vata- Sesame oil
  • Pitta- Sunflower oil
  • Kapha- Corn oil

Kitchari monodiet. This one is going to be a toughie. I love sugar, I really do. But starting monday I will have Kitchari for every meal, and nothing else. A monodiet is easier on your digestion because your body only has to produce one kind of digestive enzyme. Kitchari is known as one of the most cleansing foods in the world. It is a combination of mung beans(dal), basmati rice, spices and optional vegetables according to your dosha. It’s easy and cheap to make, similar to rice. I’m making mine in my rice cooker with just mung dal, basmati rice, spices, coconut oil, and chopped cilantro. There are many recipes specific to your dosha.

Pranayama/breathing techniques. I’ve never been good at applying these in every day life. I will be doing Kapalabhati Kriya( breath of fire) every other day, and Nadi Shodhana(alternate nostril breathing) every other day.

Meditation. 5 minutes a day is my goal.

Check back for all kinds of fun stuff-detoxifying yoga flows, more ayurvedic cleansing techniques, herbal formulas, tinctures, and juiced greens/superfood shots.

Ayurveda Resources

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurvedic practices

Learn your dosha

About pranayama/breathing techniques

General info

Kitchari recipes

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