From a yogic perspective, the way you start your day has a huge impact on how the day unfolds. Morning rituals mean a lot to me and it’s not just because I’m a morning person. From 4 to 6 am is by most accounts considered “yoga time.” It’s the time of day when a quiet energy and fresh start means a more peaceful practice. Though if mornings are not your strong suit, don’t beat yourself up trying to fit into a mold that just doesn’t suit.
Your morning also unfolds based on what you sip. Can a yogi drink coffee or is it out of the question? Well it depends upon a number of factors. I’m a yogi and a foodie. Sipping on a luxurious cup of coffee harkens back to some of my most prized memories. From the piazzas of Tuscany to brunch at my parent’s house. Coffee holds a lot of memories. But the highs and lows of too much caffeine have also caused some heartache. How can you find balance with your morning ritual?
Once you’re done with your 6 Days and 6 Ways Total Yoga Detox, where do you go from here? You’ve made space in your body so it’s incredibly important what you do with this new found space. It’s crucial that you refill it with the good stuff and that you take time to decide what real changes that you want to make and stick with in the future.
It becomes problematic that detoxes are so often associated with certain parts of the year. Whether it be spring or New Years, both times of year symbolize big life changes and meeting weight loss goals. But the fact of the matter is that if you want to make changes in your health you can start tomorrow. You’re the only one that tells you that you can’t do it. You’re the only one that concedes to failure. In fact, I venture to say, we set ourselves up for failure by depriving ourselves of nearly everything during our so-called “fasts” and more than anything else, doing them for the wrong reasons.
The only reason to make health changes in your life is for yourself. If you make them because you want to look good for that high school reunion or because you want that boy in the cubicle next to you to give you a chance, then you’re destined to fail. Sooner or later you’ll slip up and say screw it, ‘I always do this’ or ’I can’t do this,’ because in the end you don’t think that you’re worth making real health changes. Detox your diet and your life because you want to nourish this body that you’ve been given so that you feel good inside and out.
This is in no way intended as a doctor’s advice.
So let’s get started. Pick the amount of time that you want to detox and don’t overdo it. If changes are too big you’re sabotaging yourself. I think a week is a good place to start. You’ll move through the fast and then at the end of it in an evaluation period, you can meditate on making real, long term changes in your life.