Seasonal cleansing is a hallmark of the healing science of yoga, Ayurveda, The daily and seasonal practices of yoga were never meant to be separate from aligning and moving our bodies on the mat. In fact, a cleanse can HELP your yoga practice. It can also improve your immune function, help you develop better energy, better sleep and ultimately, improve your diet even after the cleanse is complete.
I’ve practiced ten years of seasonal cleansing at the start of every Spring and Fall (with one glaring exception in the Fall of 2010, the consequences you can read about here). I’ve experienced first hand the enormous benefits of resetting the body’s natural ability to function at its optimal level. Throughout my cleanses, the support of my Ayurvedic practitioner Pratima Raichur, and more recently my Living Ayurveda teacher, Cate Stillman, has been invaluable.
Many people in my life, including yoga students, have become curious about these cleanses over the decade. They’ve observed the beverages and food I consumed and brought to class and wanted to know more details. What was I eating and for how long? How did I feel, why were my eyes so clear, etc. In 2012, separately, two friends who are yoga teachers asked me to work with them privately, designing and coaching them through Spring cleanses. In the summer of 2012, a long time student asked if I would teach a group cleanse in the Fall for her friends and family. They were scattered across the country, so I designed the Reset and Renew Seven Day cleanse as a teleclass, which began with 19 individuals in late September 2012. 100% of the participants rated it as a positive experience, and 100% also said the seven day length was just right.
With 19 personal cleanses under my belt, I’ve experienced the profound benefits of cleansing, as well as pitfalls and mistakes. Surely as winter turns to Spring, and Summer to Fall, I schedule a seasonal cleanse on my calendar. For those new to cleansing, theReset and Renew Cleanseis a perfect way to create self care routines, add nourishing whole foods to your diet, and make room to release what no longer serves in all areas of your life.
Just about everyone will benefit from adding more whole (non processed) plant based foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans to their diets. The more we add foods that grow in the ground, that are not processed, the more alive we feel, as we are adding nutrients that ARE alive. In the Reset and Renew Cleansewe also focus on daily rhythms, a hallmark of Ayurveda, the healing science of yoga. I describe it as not only what you’re eating, but how, when, why, and where you’re eating!
For the Reset and Renew Cleanse, I recommend eliminating animal products. One exception is ghee, or clarified butter, which has no milk solids. Also recommended to skip during the week are alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, and processed grains. I focus on what we’re adding to the diet first because we can literally “crowd out” the stuff that is hardest to digest on the system and contains the greatest levels of toxins. The cleanse guides you to choosing and preparing more of your own foods. Some meals can be liquid, like smoothies, juices and raw soups, and a recipe packet is provided, although I encourage participants to be creative in the kitchen and spend some time listening to what types of food their body is really craving at this time of year.
The Reset and Renew Cleanse is not only focused on what to eat, but the daily rhythms of meal times, sleep, and self care routines. A seven day Reset can give your body the chance to let go of what doesn’t serve, and begin anew for the Spring. The first precleanse call begins Thursday April 4 at 7pm. All calls are recorded and available for download, and you can do the cleanse on your own schedule. Learn more about the Three Benefits of A Spring Cleanse on the recorded Teleclass here, as well as on the Reset and Renew Telecourse.
Please contact me with any questions at Marjorienass@gmail.com .