Preparing Yourself to Commit to the Temple
In May we cleanse!
As Spring emerges we find the perfect opportunity to simplify our diet and supercharge into the season. The SATTVA Cleanse is a commitment to one full month of just that: simplification.
As we refine the foods we eat we have the opportunity to evaluate what really fuels and sustains us. Spring is a wonderful time to commit to the temple - whether you're in our online community or at the SATTVA School of Yoga, we are here to support and guide this month alongside you.
* The SATTVA Cleanse should only be performed if you are in good physical condition and are committing to the SATTVA practice or SATTVA teacher training.
Thank you to our friends at Blush Lane Organic Market for letting us photograph their delicious and vibrant produce section!
Cleansing has endless benefits. One main reason we cleanse is to become more aware of what foods do or do not work for us. Cleansing isn't about denying ourselves, but rather a renewed way of approaching food; we are actually cleansing our attitude towards our diet as well as our bodies. With this renewal comes balance.
We cleanse for the purpose of bringing the body to a place of balance or homeostasis so that we can feel what it is like without the influence of foods that are constantly stimulating us or confusing our system. Once we have found the balance, we can give the body exactly what it needs in order to thrive. This is the yoga of eating and diet. Over time this becomes incorporated into our lifestyle as a daily choice rather than something that we dread. Cleansing allows us to shift to a conscious and deliberate approach towards optimizing how and what we eat.
Through this month-long commitment the physical body becomes clean and light. From there, we can then pick up on the energy of the breath. Here the mind has a comfortable and safe place to rest into, leaving it calm and relaxed.
Foods to Eliminate:
- Wheat and gluten
- Canned and processed food
- Fish, meat, eggs
- Refined sugars and sweeteners of any kind (including agave and honey)
- Alcohol, marijuana (or any other substances), nicotine
- Coffee and black tea
- Garlic and onion and heavy spices such as cayenne, chilies and strong curries.
Foods to Embrace:
- Fresh fruit and veg and simple foods
- Brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, etc
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Good oils such as coconut, olive, and other nut oils
- Legumes, lentils and dried beans
- Herbal and green teas, sattvic spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cumin, turmeric, coriander etc.
The recommended ratio is 1⁄2 full, 1⁄4 water, 1⁄4 air.
Shatkarmas to be performed during the cleanse:
JALA NETI – nostril cleaning with water (daily in AM)
JALA BASTI – enema (1 x weekly) or colonic
NAULI – abdominal massaging (daily in AM)
Light Heart, Light Body, Light Mind
Be patient with yourself as you start your cleanse. It can be a huge shift and it may take time to change the patterns you’ve built up over time. Graciously accept each new day and each new feeling or emotion that comes up throughout your month and know that the SATTVA community is right alongside you!
Stay tuned on the blog and social channels over the weeks to come as we share recipes, insights and tips to support you through this transformational time.
Want to learn more?
We've got a workshop coming up Friday, April 27 at SATTVA School of Yoga with our resident cleanse geniuses, Wen Kauffman & Sonia Dhillon. Chat with the community and learn more about cleansing and the sattvic diet to feel ready and inspired for May!