It’s September, back-to-school, Yoga Month, a time for reflections, a time for evaluations, a time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together. Turn, Turn Turn. To everything there is a season! For the Byrds.
Well, perhaps this is your season for a taste of detox. Eek! That word brings both a shudder and sigh – how wonderful and awful that sounds at the same time! If you’re like us and have had trouble hopping on the detox or “cleansing” wagon we hope this 7-Day Ayurveda Detox will give you some much needed encouragement. We might actually do it with you! Maybe even Dr. Dre will be inspired to drop his ‘tox.
The details: Yoga Journal is kicking off a 7-Day Ayurveda Detox starting Monday, September 12th. The program was crafted by Ayurvedic consultant and yoga teacher Scott Blossom. Included is a cleansing diet and recipes to keep you nourished and your noggin relaxed. There are also daily practice videos and meditations from teachers like Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, and Chase Bossart, plus Scott Blossom’s restorative sequence.
Lifestyle tips and Ayurvedic self-care techniques, including abhyanga, or warm-oil self massage, nasal irrigation using a neti pot, and nasya, or the application of herbal oils to the nasal passages, will help you detox your heart out and continue your healthy living through the fall season. Shiva knows we need the neti demo! Still can’t stop the drowned yogi effect. Sigh.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ayurveda, and therefore your dosha (which is your physical constitution according to ayurvedic principles) then you can try the Dosha Quiz to help you determine your dominant dosha and get you on the right track for detox.
See Scott Blossom talk about the detox program:
When you sign up you will get a daily e-letter outlining the schedule and providing the helpful practice links.
Are you in? Sign up here.
Why do people who are into yoga fall like crazy for these stupid-ass fad diets that they saw on Dr. Oz?
Eat an appropriate amount of calories, get plenty of meat and veggies, exercise. It’s way healthier than buying into the latest fad-diet-of-the-week.
Just a sample size of 1, but the guy in the YouTube video looks gaunt and like something is wrong with him.
I’m with you Jeffrey. If I hear the word “detox” one more time I think I’ll scream. I’m not a great fan of Dr. Oz but I did appreciate his take on the whole detox fad. He said the human body has evolved over eons and is fully capable of ridding itself of that which it doesn’t need.
Right- one of those aspects of the yoga world that makes me want to scream. Check out this NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/fashion/22skin.html
From the article:
“It is the opinion of mainstream and state-of-the-art medicine and physiology that these claims are not only ludicrous but tantamount to fraud,” said Dr. Peter Pressman, an internist with the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., and a critic of detoxification. “The contents of what ends up being consumed during a ‘detox’ are essentially stimulants, laxatives and diuretics.”
Actually, this cleanse is based on the traditions of Ayurveda which are thousands of years old. The diet you eat is based on whole foods and it is comprised of seasonal vegetables along with a basmati rice and mung bean mixture that is a complete protein. The theory is that if you eat a simple, light and satisfying diet, you give your digestive system a chance to rest and rid itself of what it does not need. I would encourage everyone to check out the information on Yoga Journal or Scott Blossom’s website (www.doctorblossom.com) before you pass judgement.