Detox Diet – Kundalini Yoga
Last week we looked at how we could take back control, so we could deal with uncertainty. The other way we can take back control is to go on a detox.
We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. On a physical form if our body is not eliminating all our metabolic waste, we become highly acidic, which compromises our health. We can also become weighed down under the remnants of old emotions and thought patterns. When we want to cleanse and clean ourselves out on a deep level, we go on a mono diet and do detoxification kriyas and pranayamas.
So how do you know if you need to detox? If you live in a city, eat processed food and do not regularly exercise and meditate the chances are you need to detox at least once a year. Or you just may want to have a good clear out and increase health and vitality. Here are other signs to look for:
- Feeling tired all the time, fatigue
- Dark circles under your eyes
- Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
- Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
- Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
- Constipation (the definition of this is for women if we do not pass a stool within 18 hours of eating and men 24 hrs)
- Yellow skin, purple lips, coated tongue
- Yellow or brown in the whites of the eyes
- Having taken strong medication like anti biotics
How can a cleansing diet, detox Kriyas and Pranayama help? When the body does not get the level of calories it is use to per day, it goes into detoxifying mode. The aerobic detox kriyas and breath of fire increases circulation and your metabolic rate thereby stimulating the exit of toxins. Ayurveda and Kundalini yoga does not advocate water fasts, as the drastic lack of food makes the body think it is starving and the body attempts to preserve resources which is the opposite of the detoxification and elimination process.
A detox is a powerful tool for healing, strengthening the body and restoring vitality as we grow older. However, before doing a detox you need to check with your doctor or naturopath, especially if you are on meditation. Sticking to detox is only half the challenge. Physical detoxification is accompanied by emotional and mental cleansing. Anger and negative thought patterns can be released especially if you use food to numb yourself. Use your meditative mind and meditation practice to help you watch your mind and emotions.
My detox day
My program was as follows:
- Wake up mindfully becoming conscious of the moment and my mood.
- Cold shower and dry body brushing, tongue scraping and cleaning the monkey glands.
- Started with chanting Japji, kriya and mindfulness practice
- Sipping 500ml of warm alkaline water (ie over ph7) before breakfast.
- I am taking Ayurvedic herbs to support the detox program.
- Breakfast on the mung beans, rice and veggies, until my stomach is ¾ full. Please see attached file for cooking details.
- At 10 am I have another 500ml of warm water 1/2hour before having cut fruits, melon, papaya, orange and strawberries.
- Prior to lunch another 500ml of warm water 30mins before eating the mung,rice veggie combo, a bit boring so I add a karapincha/coriander leaf sambal to it. Yum!
- At 4pm I drink another 500ml of warm water before having a veg/fruit smoothie, of cucumber, avocado, lettuce, papaya, ginger and orange.
- Before dinner it is again 500ml of warm water and the same mung, rice combo.
- If I am hungry in between I eat almonds.
- Before bed another 500ml of warm water is drunk.
- Stretching and breathing before bed. An early night to get enough rest which is essential.
Pranayama – Breath of Fire purifies and detoxes your blood & increases your vital energy. Detoxification Kriya – Vatskar Dhouti Kriya to master the digestive system: This is a very secret kundalini yoga kriya that has been used for centuries. It must be done on an empty stomach and it great to get the bowels moving in the mornings.
Sit in any comfortable posture. Make your lips round in an “O” shape. Start inhaling through your mouth as if you are sipping in air. Sip until your stomach is full and hold the breath. Now rotate and churn your belly with your breath held in until you need to exhale. Exhale through your nose in a steady stream. Only repeat this process a maximum of 3 times in total. It is prohibited to do this more times in a day. Do this for 40 days without missing a day to heal your digestive system.
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