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Detoxification (detox for short)[1] is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body and additionally can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance.

This morning I embarked on Day 1 of 7 in a week long detox workshop with Martine Allars at Sukha Mukha Yoga. The workshop involves a daily asana practice as well as some dietary guidelines, gentle advice on how to generally slow down and live mindfully and a daily homework exercise. Martine has such a gentle calming approach to teaching and those are exactly the feelings we are trying to emanate this week as we navigate our normal daily lives with a little extra awareness.

I think it’s important to note here that by toxic substances we are not only addressing those that we ingest but more importantly those which we manifest. Stress is far more damaging to the body than the pesticides on non-organic vegetables.

Day 1

Our first priority was to establish our goal/s for the week;

  • I already follow a vegan diet, avoid sugar, alcohol and caffeine so the big hurdles were already behind me in that sense, however I do find that I snack more than I need to and I also eat after dark (again just snacks, good ones, but still I do know that the less the body has to digest the more time it spends repairing & rejuvenating while we sleep).
  • I also intend on getting to bed at 9.30pm each evening so I can fit in 8 hours sleep and rise at 5.30am. 
  • My main goal was to explore further into my asana practice and learn techniques for cleansing and nourishing the organs. This goal was well underway within the first 10 minutes as we practiced Kapalabhati pranayama and Nauli. So great for awakening the digestive organs and generally shifting stale energy. I also love that the daily practice is at 6.30am – a great motivation to start the day early and get into a routine of beginning first thing with a practice. I aim to keep this up for the next 28 days and beyond hopefully.

For homework we are to tidy the drawer/box/pile of things that we keep putting off. You know the one. I’m going to tackle a drawer in the kitchen of odds and ends that have no other place so have just found their way there.

We’re also encouraged to journal any or all of this, hence my post. I also have a beautiful day planner that I love to jot down things in as they pop up. I find this process of journaling so important in the process of learning and personal growth.

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