Toxins & Cleansing
Group Ayurvedic Cleanses each year in April and October
Why do we need to cleanse our body?
Toxins are all around us and it is impossible to avoid exposure completely. Since the beginning of the industrial age 100 years ago, we are bombarded with dangerous toxins in our environment. In addition, thousands of toxic chemicals have been introduced through the use of household cleaners, dental and physical hygiene products and pharmaceuticals. We have also acquired a taste for coffee, caffeine, carbonated drinks, tobacco products, alcohol, fast foods, processed foods, an abundance of meat, refined & artificial sugars and sweets. All of these factors stray away from our original design and cleansing the body is needed now more than ever.
These toxins affect our health, disturb our bodily functions and cover up our true nature (Prakruti).
Thankfully, the body has the daily ability to naturally detoxify itself. We process and eliminate toxins through the help of the digestive system, skins, lungs, blood, lymph and many other organs.
What is a toxin? Something is named a toxin if the body is not able to naturally break it down in digestion and elimination. Toxins will then build up and eventually hinder our natural bodily functions. This may also lead to disease. We can also accumulate toxins through lack of exercise, lifestyle, habits, diet, etc. All of these factors can impact us over time. This, in turn, may worsen our condition, as we begin to crave the things that do not serve us.
“One should not use food articles from either attachment or ignorance; rather he should use wholesome ones after examination; the body is a product of food” – Caraka Samhita
Early Signs of Toxic Overload:
Generalized Aches and Pains
Lack of Mental Clarity
Heaviness in the body
Digestive Problems (Gas, Constipation, Bloating)
Weakened Immune System
Frequent Colds and Sinus Infections
Detox, Refresh, and Renew Your Body & Mind
There are 5 Main Toxins to Consider:
One type of toxin that accumulates in the body is called AMA, yet it is not dangerous. It literally means “uncooked” or “undigested”. This results from a heavy diet and/or poor digestion and undigested food. Signs of AMA is a coated tongue or strong body odor.
AMA that sits within the physiology for a long period of time becomes acidic. It may also harden and block channels and begin to ferment, becoming a reactive substance.
The toxic buildup from chemical substances, environmental pollution, etc. that settles into joints and organs.
Electromagnetic toxicity, radiation, microwave, cell phones, etc.
Mental AMA: Unprocessed Emotions
Additional Considerations during Menstruation
A menstruating woman should not perform purgation. If cycle comes during cleanse time, she can continue on the kitchari diet and other self-care practices, but will suspend purgation.
14 Days - 3 Phases
A complete at-home Ayurvedic detoxification routine involves 4 phases — preparation, cleansing, purgation and post-cleansing.
I offer customized and practical guidelines for each phase.
Preparation (7 Days)
#1 Attempt to clear your schedule for the Active Phase as much as possible to practice REST
Start a routine of Toxin-Free foods and self-care lifestyle practices in preparation for an effective cleanse
This week you will gather supplies and adapt to what the Active Cleansing phase will be like.
Active Cleansing (7 Days) - May Be Extended If You Wish To Do So ~ Ask Me for Details ~
I will provide details of your individual plan, based on your Dosha.
This may, or may not, include purgation on the last day of the active phase.
This week includes a mono diet of fresh foods, based on your Doshic profile and daily morning and evening routines of Self-Care.
A gentle purgation will be done by instruction, based on Doshic profile
Post-Cleansing - Reintroduction & Rejuvenation (Lifetime)
After cleansing, you may feel much lighter, more blissful, and more energetic with newfound vitality! You may even have shed some unwanted pounds. Give yourself time to gradually transition into your normal routine and eating habits. Gradually add heavier foods to your diet, and be sure to get enough rest for a few days after cleansing is over. Follow your normal Ayurvedic routine. Take Herbal Rasayanas (Ayurvedic rejuvenation formulas). Now that the channels of your body that deliver nutrients are clear, these Rasayanas will deeply nourish and rejuvenate your entire physiology.
What To Expect
This style of cleanse is much less provoking than many forms of cleansing and is generally safer for a diverse range of constitutions and imbalances. That said, an Ayurvedic cleanse tends to move long-standing imbalances into circulation so that they can be eliminated. This is how our bodies repair themselves when we afford them the opportunity. As a result, a cleanse has the potential to be exhausting, emotionally taxing, and physically uncomfortable - but that is not always the case for everyone.
This cleanse is gentle and should not cause a great deal of discomfort. Nevertheless, it is better to be prepared for some ups and downs than to expect to feel fabulous throughout your cleanse. You should begin to experience the deeper benefits of the cleanse within a few days to a week after completing it, if not sooner.
For women of childbearing age, the first menstrual cycle following a cleanse is an important part of the process, and can deliver a meaningful sense of completion to the cleanse. As a result, the fullest expression of positive change may not be experienced by these women until one or two menstrual cycles after the cleanse is complete.
This process can also stir up unresolved emotions so it is important to be prepared for some emotional cleansing. It is quite common to have unexpected and somewhat unexplainable emotions crop up during a cleanse. Ideally, we would simply witness these states as they arise, creating space to honor, move, and release our feelings in a healthy way. The emotional aspects of a cleanse can make it especially important to enlist a loving support team for your cleansing process.
The Group Ayurveda Cleanse is Available in April & October
NEXT SESSION: OCT 7 - 21, 2023
Hard Close of Registration Deadline OCTOBER 1, 2023
'A Renewed Me" Seasonal Cleanse
This is a home-based Cleanse with a Personal Plan~
All Items Direct via Email:
'Before & After' Tracking Sheets
4 (1 Hour) Group ZOOM LIVE DISCUSSIONS - For Info / Q&A
~ 5 Types of AMA (Toxicity)
~ Doṣic Concepts / Cycles in Time
~ Dinaćarya / Ritućarya
~ 6 Tastes of Ayurveda Medicine
~ Ayurvedic Fasting (OR NOT)
Private Group Facebook Page only for those Cleansing for Sharing & Support
YouTube Playlists / Pinterest Boards
Home Cleansing, Clearing & Organization Challenges
** Mini-Consultation (for New Participants), focusing on Digestive Capacity/Doṣic Assessment
** Cleanse takes takes place in your home, so no travel or appointments required
Your Registration / Doṣic Assessment / Customized Plan / Tracking Sheets are provided via email
** No special foods or exotic powders, etc.
Wholesome, natural foods only that you pick up at your local grocery store
** No Fasting or Deprivation
** Customized 2-week Cleanse Plan
Foods for your Doṣa
Herbs/Oils for your Doṣa
Shopping List & Recipes
Suggested Lifestyle Shifts
HOW TO SIGN UP:
#1. Registration Payment Completed at Buttons Below
#2. You will receive Auto-Confirmation of Registration. I will directly email a Cleanse Assessment Questionnaire (if needed). Current Consultation Clients and Past Participants will NOT need a new assessment (unless an update is requested)
#3. Payments & Assessment Questionnaires Completed & Returned by Registration Deadline
Email of ALL Details, Links and Zoom Gathering Info is sent
Email of personal Cleanse Plans & 'Before/After' Tracking Sheets is sent
Kick Off Zoom Gathering
We Start Prep Week!
4 ZOOM GATHERING DATES:
OCT 6: 4 pm CT Kick Off Call
OCT 13: 4 pm CT End of Prep Week
OCT 20: 4 pm CT End of Active Week/Purge
OCT 22: 7 pm CT Closing Call
All Info, Zoom / Facebook Group Links & Details will be provided in October 2 Email
ALL ZOOM GATHERINGS ARE RECORDED AND SHARED IMMEDIATELY WITH ALL PARTICIPANTS
GROUP CLEANSE RATES
$119 Brand New / Non-Client Participants
$89 New Participant / Current Ayurveda Client
$39 Past Participants (or $89 if a New / Fresh Assessment is desired)
INDIVIDUAL HOME-BASED CLEANSE
The above rates are for group participation, but if you desire personalized attention outside of group communications, or wish to receive guidance on a personalized plan anytime, that is absolutely available at an individual rate of $289.
DETAILS ON an INDIVIDUAL PLAN HERE
GROUP CLEANSE ADD ON
FALL 2023 ADD-ON OPTIONS:
I will be in Chicago this season, so for this session the add-on Yoga option will NOT apply
Instead, I will have spaces open for Body Therapies for both Weeks!
If you wish to book any therapies, you may view them HERE
You may complete booking(s) & reply to this email with your preferred space(s)
THERE ARE SPECIFIC BOOKING SLOTS TO CHOOSE FROM
(I wish there was more space, but all evenings are booked)
** Oct 9, 10, 11, 13: 1:30 pm or 3 pm
** Oct 16, 17, 19: 1:30 pm or 3 pm
** Oct 20: 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm or 6 pm
Happy to answer questions anytime!