The yogic science of Detox and Fasting – 6.15-7.30pm Mon 5 Sept Kundalini Yoga

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 fast 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. Here are other signs to look for:

  • Feeling tired all the time, fatigue
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
  • Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
  • Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
  • Constipation
  • Yellow skin, purple lips, coated tongue
  • Yellow or brown in the whites of the eyes
  • Gout

 

detox yogaHow can Fasting and 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.

Practical

Fasting is a powerful tool for healing, strengthening the body and restoring vitality as we grow older. However, before going on a fast you need to check with your doctor or naturopath, especially if you are on meditation. The mono diet fast given below is generally safe for anyone, but please check first.

Preparation for fasting:

The week before fasting, start eliminating junk or fast food. Eat lighter meals, composed of mainly veggies and fruits. Eliminate alcohol, meats, fish, eggs, sugar, refined carbohydrates like bread, biscuits, cakes etc. and caffeine. Then try replacing one meal per day with say Melon. When your body feels comfortable on a lighter diet then you can try a 1 day fast on watermelon, plenty of fresh water and king coconut water.

Sticking to the mono food fast 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.

Breaking the fast

Fasting makes the body very sensitive. So break your fast slowly. If you do the 3-day melon fast and break it with a pizza you are going to feel very sick. The day after the fast, start by introducing veggies and other fruits. Next day add grains, pulses and the next day add diary. After a cleanse it is difficult to go back to junk food.

Watermelon Fast for detoxification of the kidneys and antioxidant

Eat only watermelon (organic if possible) for 1 to 3 days. Eat as much as desired. Drink plenty of water and king coconut water. Take it easy.

Pranayama – Breath of Fire purifies and detoxes your blood & increases your vital energy. Sit in any comfortable pose where you can breathe consciously. As you exhale pull in your navel as your diaphragm goes in an up. For the inhale, simply relax your stomach muscles and your lungs will naturally refill with air. Focus on the exhale but the inhale and exhale are of equal length. Make the breath rhythmic. It does not have to be fast as first. You may feel dizzy when you first start practicing this breath but it will get easier as your body starts to detox. Do it for 1-3 mins daily before, during and after your fast.

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 bowl 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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This week’s classes:

Mon 5 September 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 6 September 6-7pm            Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 7 September 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 7 September 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   9 September 6.30-7.30pm    Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)

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What is Emotional Detoxing

What are Toxic Emotions

We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. When that flow is continuous and clear, we are steady and flexible.

We are not taught how to deal with our negative emotions. We are either in denial or reaction to our life stories.

Life leaves us weighted down under the ash of metabolism and the remnants of old emotions this get stored in our physical body.  Mainly in our fat cells, organs and the fascia (the thin white membrane of tissue which surrounds our muscles and organs) which tightens and gets out of alignment.  Therefore when we have a detox whatever we have swept under the carpet rises up to the surface and comes out sometimes as an illness, pain in our body or uncomfortable, negative feelings.

In our everyday life we are unconscious of this discomfort because we can hide behind our normal habits and addictions.

How can you do an Emotional Detox

©      Work with the physical body through yoga kriyas and asanas.  This helps release tight fascia which carries memory    of past trauma both physical and mental.

©      Mantras allow you to reduce mental noise and cut our mental negativity.

©      Breath work will allows you to get back to your centre.

©      Step back from the busy-ness of your mind.  Feel the underlying mood of the body and mind to get a sense of where you are at.

©      Help your mind get a prespective.  Create a habit of stopping your mind relating to your emotional mood swings, but notice them without judgment when they arise. Learn to relate to the reality of you, which is your breath not your mood.

©      The more we nurture these mental habits which support our health, happiness and well being the more the causes of the mood swings, negative emotions will start to change to reflect your will.

©      External circumstances not governing your internal attitude.

©      Mental consciousness is your tool to change.  Be the change you want to see.facebook keep calm and do yoga

Hibiscus Iced Tea, refreshing Cool Drink for these Balmy Hot Days

Hibiscus Iced Tea

Hibiscus Iced Tea

Try this wonderfully refreshing drink which is both healthy and easy to make.  This was one of our hits during our detox and Yoga retreat in Guava House, Kegalle District last weekend.

Hibiscus Iced Tea

  • Heatproof glasses or mugs (or, to make a larger quantity, use a teapot or jug)
  • Red hibiscus flowers, organic and pesticide-free (one for each glass)
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Boiling water
  • Ice
  • Stevia (natural sweetener available at the Good Food Market, Waters Edge, Battaramulla, Colombo- see below for details about Stevia)
  • Kasa Kasa (Poppy Seeds) (available at all Supermarkets in Sri Lanka)

Method

Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus flower

1) Remove the stamen from each flower. Remember to use hibiscus flowers that are free from pesticides (fresh hibiscus flowers are growing all over Sri Lanka). We picked them from the hedgerow near Guava House). Soak the Kasa Kasa seeds in drinking water.

 

 

After steeeping the flowers

After steeping the flowers

 

2) Place one hibiscus flower in a glass or mug, or for larger quantities in a heat proof jug, then cover in boiling water. Allow to steep. Stir (the water will turn a blackish-purple as the colour comes out of the flower). Remove the flower.

After adding the lemon juice

After adding the lemon juice

 

 

3) Squeeze the juice from a wedge of lemon or lime into the glass (watch how the colour turns an amazing bright pink!). Set aside, to cool.

Hibiscus drink with Kasa Kasa

Hibiscus Iced Tea with Kasa Kasa

 

4)  Add pre-soaked Kasa Kasa, a few drops of stevia to taste and ice.  It is a deliciously refreshing and cooling drink perfect for the balmy hot days we are experiencing at the moment.  Plus it is a very healthy drink, see the health benefits of Kasa Kasa and Stevia below.

Stevia

220px-Stevia_rebaudiana_flowersStevia is grown in tropical regions. They leaves are used as a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar.  It has up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar.

INTERESTING FACT – In Japan stevia has been widely used for decades as a sweetener.

Kasa Kasa (Poppy Seed) Health Benefits

Pictures of Poppy Seed

Numerous health benefits can be derived from them:

  • They contain many chemical compounds with anti-oxidant, health promoting and disease preventing properties.
  • Around 50% of their total weight is composed of various essential fatty acids and volatile oils.
  • They are an excellent source of oleic and linoleic acid.
  • Their outer coats are rich in beneficial dietary fibers.
  • These seeds are beneficial for the digestive system and help to relieve constipation.
  • The seeds are rich in B-complex vitamins including pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, folic acid and niacin.
  • They also contain high levels of copper, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and manganese.
  • Poppy Seeds are used in Ayurvedic medicine for preparing a moisturizer for skin. The seeds are soaked in water, made into paste and applied to the skin along with milk.
  • The seeds are also beneficial for the human nervous system. They can cure nervous irritability.
  • They are effective as pain killer.

Hibiscus Tea Health benefits

Hibiscus tea

 

Drinking hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure  and can help to reduce hypertension.

 

What are the benefits of an alkaline diet?

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All chemicals, natural and otherwise, have a pH level, which is a measurement of hydrogen. The pH scale ranges from zero to 14, with zero being purely acidic, 14 being purely alkaline and seven being neutral. Human blood should ideally be a slightly alkaline ph of 7.3 to 7.4.  Therefore, the bulk of our diet, around 70%, should be alkaline-producing foods. It should be noted here that alkaline foods refers to the effect they have on our pH, not the actual pH level of the food itself. Most fruits, for example, contain a fair amount of acid, but they have an alkalizing effect on the blood and urine. Food is not the only factor that makes us acidic or alkaline.  Stress leaves an acidic residue in the body, just as relaxing activities such as yoga and meditation makes the body more alkaline.

What are acidic food?

The modern day diet is made up of mainly acidic foods such as processed meat, processed wheat, dairy and sugar.  You may notice signs of over acidity in your body when you have a runny nose on waking, fatigue, a skin breakout, or a slight case of irritable bowel syndrome.

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If the body creates an acidic environment it promotes the growth of bad bacteria, yeast and fungi. The imbalance of your body’s good bacteria makes you more prone to getting infections. You will be less likely to suffer from the common cold when your body is alkaline.

Preventing Cancer

A major benefit of having an alkaline body state is that you might reduce your risk for developing cancer. When your body is too acidic, oxygen levels are lowered and cellular metabolism stops. This can lead to the growth of cancer cells. Maintaining an alkaline state helps encourage healthy cell turnover, which is key in the prevention of cancer.

 Healthy Weight

Fruits and vegetables make your body more alkaline, while processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol make you more acidic. By eating alkalizing foods, you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. The frequent consumption of acid-producing foods is more likely to contribute to a weight problem.

Alkaline Vegetables

Vegetables that have the highest amount of alkaline-forming minerals include asparagus; celery; alfalfa sprouts; leafy, green lettuce; all dark leafy greens (gottukola etc) spinach; broccoli; carrots; bell peppers; cabbage; squash; and potatoes. Slightly alkaline to neutral vegetables include onions, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, mushrooms, okra, and sweet tomatoes.

Alkaline Fruits

Fruits that are highly alkaline include lemons and watermelon, limes, mango, kiwi, melons, papayas, cantaloupe, passion fruits, pineapples, raisins and grapes. Moderately alkaline fruit include apples, avocados, nectarines, peaches, grapefruits, guava, and berries such as strawberries and raspberries. Slightly less alkaline fruits include coconut and cherries.

Alkaline Proteins and Nuts

Some proteins such as poached eggs, whey protein powder, cottage cheese, and fermented tofu are alkaline forming foods. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, nuts, almonds and flaxseed are also alkaline forming.

Alkaline Beverages and Spices

Alkaline beverages include vegetable juices, fresh fruit juices, unpasteurized organic milk, mineral water, green tea, herbal tea, ginseng tea and apple cider vinegar. Alkaline spices include cinnamon, ginger, chili pepper, curry, mustard, sea salt and all herbs.

Why Detox?

Healthy saladsSo why bother to detoxify the body and where do toxins come from?

In fact our body regularly eliminates many pounds of toxins daily through our bowels.  Our bowels are the human body’s sewage system.  The toxins come from inhaling dust, car pollution, chemical sprays from our household cleaners, undigested processed acid forming foods (please see alkaline foods below) ingested heavy metals and pesticides in our food.  A large amount of toxins come from dead cells from our own body.  By taking time to re-evaluate what we consume from the food we eat to the entertainment we watch, we can increase our wellness, feel energised, calm and alive.

CHECK LIST

18 DAYS BEFORE RETREAT 9.4.13 UNTIL 26.4.13

  • BEGIN GREEN SMOOTHIES – DRINK YOUR 1 LITRE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AT INTERVALS (SEE DETAILS BELOW)

GREEN SMOOTHIES

TIPS

Fresh is always best, however you can make a smoothie and refrigerated for up to 2 days.  But practically speaking I would make up a fresh batch daily. Store it and drink it throughout the day.

It is very important to use different kinds of green leaves as you will lose your desire to drink your green smoothie if you only use one type of leaf.

YOU NEED TO BE CONSUMING ABOUT 1 LITRE OF GREEN SMOOTHIE PER DAY.

RECIPES

Raw Family Wild Banango

2 cups of gottukola (organic if possible)

1 banana (frozen or fresh)

1 mango

500ml of king coconut or water

Yields almost 1 litre of smoothie

Add liquid to blender first now add leaves then fruit.  Blend on pulse for the first minute. Thereafter blend on high for around 3 mins or until the juice is really smooth.  Now drink and refrigerate the rest.

 

Green Watermelon

8 large green or red lettuce leaves

l.25kg of watermelon

250ml of king coconut or water

Yields almost 1 litre of smoothie.

Blend as instructed above.

 

Alive and Kicking

250ml of freshly juiced apple juice

1 banana (fresh or frozen)

1 mango

5 leaves of Kale ( organic if possible)

500ml of king coconut water or water

Yields almost 1 litre of smoothie.

Blend as instructed above.

 

Mango Parsley pudding

2 large mangos

1 bunch of parsley (organic if possible)

500ml of king coconut water or water

Yields almost 1 litre of.

Blend as instructed above.

 

Strawberry Fields Forever

1 cup of strawberries

2 bananas

1 bunch of water cress (sarana)

500ml of king coconut water or water

Yields almost 1 litre of.

Blend as instructed above.

 

Passionate

1 passion fruit

2 bananas

1 bunch of water cress (sarana)

500ml of king coconut water or water

Yields almost 1 litre of.

Blend as instructed above.

 

Kiwi Delight

4 ripe kiwis

1 banana

3 stalks of celery with leaves

500ml or king coconut water or water

Yields almost 1 litre of.

Blend as instructed above.

Detox & Kundalini Yoga Weekend 25th-27th April 2013 at Guava House

Detox & Kundalini Yoga weekend 26,27,28th April 2013

Detox & Kundalini Yoga weekend 26,27,28th April 2013

Join us as we guide you through the process of rejuvenating and preventing the absorbtion of toxins through your digestive system with a Juice and Detoxification Weekend.  Afterwards you will feel light and energised, eyes and skin clearer and allergies reduced.  this process is also excellent for healthy weight reduction and disease prevention.  To compliment this process you will be lead twice a day through Kundalini Detoxification Yoga Kriyas, breath-work and meditation to bring the mind and body into balance.

Rs26,000 per person

2 nights accommodation (en-suite room)

Full Board, dietary supplements, teachings, health & beauty info & instructions on special cleansing diet 5 days prior to the Detox Retreat.

CONTACT FIONA 0778011984 or info@sanasuma.co.uk

http://www.sanasuma.co.uk