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Archive for October, 2011

Fall “house” cleaning

Seasonal changes are a great time to take advantage of the transitional time to clean out closets, get your extra clothes and weird thingamajigs off to Goodwill, and to detox your body.   Right? What’s good for the house, the yard, and the car is also good for your system.

The last month or so I have had several conversations with yoga friends about diets and regimens designed to help clear our energies and bodies for the coming winter.  There is a lot of discussion of the pro’s and con’s of each.

The one I really like is taken from “Ayurveda” or the medical and food science that is a “sister science” to Yoga.

When doing your seasonal “housecleaning” or cleanse, you eat a rice/lentil dish called “kitchari” which is very gentle to your digestive system, and has the basic components that you need.  I also eat fruit, drink herbal tea, and lots and lots of water.  People who need caffeine sometimes do Green tea to help them get over withdrawal headaches…but it’s recommended that you wean yourself from caffeine prior to cleansing.

It’s also recommended that you get gentle exercise while cleansing. Simple yoga poses, and taking walks are great ways to help your body move it’s energy and clear waste from the body and the mind.

You can do this for as long as you like.. 3 days, or 7 days are the recommended time frames. I’m about to take on a 3-day diet (Maybe 7.  we’ll see 😉  Typically I feel lighter and more energetic after a day or two.  I also use this diet when I’ve been eating too much. Around the holidays I will often replace a meal or two with Kitchari just to give my system a break.

Here is the recipe I use most frequently, as the ingredients are simple, and i can find them easily (if anyone needs the split yellow lentils, they are at Jay’s International)

http://heymonicab.com/2009/02/kitchari-recipe/

Kithcari, green beans, mushrooms and greens

Bonus Bits:

Ayurveda revolves around “types” or “doshas” http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/  I am a Pitta and a Kapha combo. What are you? Does the assessment ring true? It is said that we come into the world with a unique combination or Pitta, Kapha, and Vata energy and many of us are often working with an imbalance.  After working with it for years, I can tell that my kapha is much higher than is healthy for me.

Many of my yoga buddies have been working with this cleanse from Yoga Journal:  http://falldetox.yogajournal.com/detox/day/1  – You may like the additional recipes and yoga sequences that are given for each day of the cleanse.

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Gratitude Practice – joy in solitude

Ever have a bad mood? Or you can’t quite get anything right…a butter-fingers kind of day?

A very simple way to shift your thoughts/feelings from the negative to the positive is to give thanks for something in your situation.

I feel a little sad and lonely tonight.  I’ve had a very enjoyable weekend reconnecting with friends I really enjoyed seeing near my homeplace (Whatup Clinton County??) and some of my family.   The 48 hours of time away from my weekday commitments has slipped by and I’m preparing to go back to my structured work environment.

So i’m going to start a Gratitude practice on this blog to help me shift.  Sometimes yoga is simply about working with thoughts, feelings, and intentions to bring about positivity, health and growth.  A gratitude practice does that by shifting focus and awareness to a positive aspect of a situation. When stuck in negative feelings like fear and loneliness, it’s helpful to create mental space for positive energies, or to find a way to shift to more positive.

So tonight I’m grateful for my clean couch, the bath I’m about to take, and a bowl of soup and french bread to nourish and comfort my tired self.

I’m also grateful for the really joyful time and memories we made at my friends’ wedding last night, and the time I spent enjoying sunny and cool day out on the farm first catching up with Mom on the porch, then listening as Dad and my brother, Eddie discussed …um…pressurized welding digging chaining scraper pan, trackhoe, sandblasting? (ok, i am foggy on what they were talking about.  I just hung out and petted the dogs).

Om Shanti (Peace) shanti (Peace).  Ahhhhhh… 🙂