Detox & Cleanse before Avurdu – 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini yoga@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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
  • Dark cycles under your eyes
  • Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
  • Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
  • Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
  • Constipation (for women is defined 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
  • Gout

 

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.

Practical  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:

  1. Wake up mindfully becoming conscious of the moment and my mood.
  2. Cold shower and dry body brushing, tongue scraping and cleaning the monkey glands.
  3. Started with chanting Japji, meditation and mindfulness practice 1 hour
  4. Sipping plenty of alkaline water (ie over ph7) throughout the day.
  5. Followed by a Tbsp. of virgin, organic coconut oil and acidophilus based mango, strawberry smoothie.
  6. I notice immediately how quick I felt angry today and allowed myself to feel the emotion and attempted not get taken away by it.
  7. Physical exercise, 20mins aerobic walking and running, plus stretching, yoga asana’s and rolling on a dowel to stretch the fascia.
  8. 2 full glasses of green smoothie, a mixture of king coconut water,organic kale, parsley, moringa powder, cucumber, green apple, green banana, ½ avocado, ½ an orange. I chewed my smoothie to get the most nutrients out of it.
  9. Getting on with my day and work, feeling super energetic.
  10. Tea time drink of freshly ground turmeric, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of manuka honey.
  11. Pranayama
  12. Teaching Kundalini yoga followed by delicious organic, beet and pumpkin soup.
  13. 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 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 3 April 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 4 April 6-7pm             Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 5 April 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat   8 April 6-7.30pm       Gong Bath @ the Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

No Mon class next week but all the other classes at Om Space until new year.

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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.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates

raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984

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)

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.

 

Healthy Snacks

How is snacking going? It is difficult to stop thinking of snacks as sugary breads, biscuits, chocolate and crisps.  Lets start associating fast, on the run food with easy, healthy alternatives.  How about washing and eating a whole bell pepper or tomato like an apple. Or wash celery, cucumber or carrots throw them into a bag and pop them into your handbag.  You do not have to spend lots of time cutting and chopping so whole veggies are a good option.
Here is another taste crispy snack.
Olive oil
100g Kale stem removed
dried mixed herbs
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.  Line the baking tray with foil and lightly brush the kale with a little olive oil.
Cut the leaves (removing the storks) into wide slices and arrange evenly spaced on the baking tray.
Bake for 15-20 mins being sure to stir, cook until the Kale is bright green and crisp.
Remove the leaves from the oven and season with herbs.

Another great one is celery sticks with peanut butter. Buy the Natural Source brand in the supermarket, this brand does not contain sugars or loads of preservatives.
Keep snacking the trick is not to let yourself get hungry.

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DETOX MEAL PLAN

BREAKFAST

A typical breakfast consists of at least 50 percent fruit and/or vegetables. Ideas for breakfast include:

  • Green Smoothie or smoothie (See list below)
  • Fresh juice
  • Kiribat (milk rice) with pol (coconut) sambol
  • Steamed yam and freshly scraped coconut.
  • String hoppers with pol sambol and yellow sweet potato curry
  • Oat Muesli (see recipe below)
  • Oatmeal porridge
  • Herbal tea, black tea (without milk), or green or white tea

SNACK

If you are at work or on the run I think it is always a good idea to have a healthy snack at hand especially nuts or fruit, to kill sugar lows.  Also carry a bottle of water with you as most hunger pangs are signs you are thirsty.

Snack ideas include:

  10 to 15 raw almonds or cashew ( almonds take the skin off by soaking them)

  Apple sliced, with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (natural choice or one without added sugar)

  Piece of fruit

  Carrot, celery and/or cucumber sticks with hummus

  Smoothie made with allowed foods

  Green vegetable juice

LUNCH

A typical lunch on a detox diet consists of approximately 60 to 80 percent vegetables, preferably raw, such as greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions. You can then fill the other 20 to 40 percent in with other plant foods, such as cooked chickpeas, steamed broccoli, gluten-free grains such as rice, kurakkan, quinoa, and baked sweet potato.

A salad is an easy, packable detox lunch. Assemble a bowl or plate based on the ratios above. Make a simple dressing using 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, and an optional 1 teaspoon of fresh-chopped herbs. Other lunch ideas include:

  Chickpeas, mung beans and vegetables seasoned with turmeric, ginger, and cumin

  Salad with choice of vegetables, such as green leaves, cucumbers, onions, and steamed beets.

  Lentil soup

  Rice and curry but only 20%-40% organic red or white rice ( again purchase from The Good Market or ask at your supermarket)

SNACK

Time for a healthy snack as above mentioned

DINNER

Dinner is 60 to 80 percent vegetables. An easy dinner is a Buddha bowl. You don’t have to follow a recipe to make one, just combine 1 cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa, 1 to 2 teaspoons of an allowed oil such as extra-virgin olive oil, vegetables, beans and legumes, seeds and seasonings, such as chickpeas, spinach or kale, steamed broccoli, avocado, hemp or chia seeds, or seaweed.

Other dinner ideas include:

  Steamed kale sprinkled with cashew nuts and tossed in lemon juice and olive oil

  Brown rice, kurakkan pittu or quinoa

  Steamed fish with fresh herbs and lemon with bok choy (not to be eaten after 22nd April)

  Vegetable curry with brown/red rice

  Broccoli soup

  Black bean salad with quinoa

  Thai cashew vegetables with quinoa

 DO NOT LET YOURSELF BECOME HUNGRY EAT HEALTHY SNACKS OR MORE VEGGIES RAW CARROTS ARE GOOD.

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