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This new DVD from Yoga Journal - the most trusted name in yoga worldwide - demonstrates Yoga's sister science of Ayurveda and offers wisdom for supporting your health by using a gentle detox to ground your energy and help boost your immunity.
The Yoga Journal 7-Day Detox comprises four key elements:
Step 1 - Slowing Down: Reducing stress and mental over-activity is the most important element of a detox plan. An overtaxed mind and nervous system can lead to fatigue, insomnia, indigestion, and unwelcome weight gain. During this detox, adjust your schedule so you have time to prepare and eat your meals in a relaxed manner, practice daily yoga, and take regular meditation breaks.
Step 2 - Detox Diet: At the heart of the dietary program is kitchari, a simple dish of rice and mung beans widely used throughout Asia to purify the body. Spicy teas and chutneys are recommended to keep the fires of digestion stoked. And triphala, a traditional Ayurvedic digestive tonic with antioxidant properties, acts as a mild laxative.
Step 3 - Cleansing Yoga: Specific yoga poses can help the detox process. The heating and twisting sequences offered in this program will help move toxins out of your tissues to be eliminated. In addition, restorative poses relax the nervous system and mind and help settle the body - which is especially important during and after a detox cleanse.
Step 4 - Self-Study: A detox provides a unique opportunity to practice svadhyaya, self-study. No matter what your motivation is - better health, a simpler life, a deeper yoga practice - you'll be amazed at the insights you can gain when you just slow down and start to listen. Try to spend a half or a full day in silence, and get outside in nature or journal about your experience to get the full benefit of this break in your normal routine.