Category Archives: Cleansing with Ayurveda

The 3 Day Ayurvedic Cleanse

KitchariIt is that time of year again!  With the new year just around the corner, it is time to bring the focus back to ourselves, and more specifically to our health again.  Cleanses are a great way to reset the system and pave the way to making better health choices to come.  Long-term detox programs often initially bring lowered energy levels and therefore are recommended to only do when you are able to take some down-time at work and otherwise.   If you are like me however, I am just too busy to take more than a day or two off at a time.  So as with all other Ayurvedic rituals, the Ayurvedic Cleanse can also be modified to fit our current needs and schedule.  And although a three day cleanse is not terribly long, it can still be very powerful for detoxifying the body, balancing the mind, boosting the digestion/metabolism and setting the stage for a healthier future. Continue reading »

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16 Detoxifying Yoga Poses to Complement your Cleanse

viparita virabhadrasanaA cleanse is a time of inward healing, making Yoga the perfect complement to any period of detoxification.  The main purposes of an Ayurvedic cleanse is to remove toxins from the system and to increase the digestive fire (Agni).  However, a cleanse is also a powerful time to detoxify the mind and balance the emotions as well.  Using the proper Yoga postures during a cleanse can be a great way to enhance the detoxification of both the physical body and the mind. 
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How to Modify the Kitchari Cleanse for your Dosha

vata kitchari ingredientsThe Kitchari Cleanse is a common protocol for detoxification in Ayurveda.  Although it is widely practiced, there are many different methods of administration depending on the needs of the individual.  Therefore it is essential to establish any disorder or imbalance that is currently present in order to gain the most out of your cleanse, and more importantly avoid further complications.   Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: What is the Best Type of Ayurvedic Detox for Vata Types?

kitchari cleanseAsk Ayurveda: 

“I am curious about detoxing and Ayurveda.  I try to do a cleanse at least twice a year, and in the past I have typically done either juice fasts or even water fasts.  I recently saw an Ayurvedic practitioner in my area and they assessed that I was a Vata type.  I have since read more on Vata body-types and it seems like raw juice and fasting is not recommended for me.  I guess it makes sense since I get really spacey, lethargic, gassy and constipated during the fasts.  It  is great that I learned this information, but now I am looking to do a cleanse in the near future.  What is the best Ayurvedic cleanse for Vata types?  I work a lot, so I hopefully can sustain my energy during the cleanse as much as possible!”  Detox Dilemma Continue reading »

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The Health Benefits and Uses of Tikta Ghrita

tikta ghritaTikta Ghrita is translated as “bitter ghee” and it is precisely this; ghee infused with the most powerful bitter herbs that Ayurveda has to offer.  Ayurveda often uses medicated ghee infusions to administer herbs, as this allows for deeper penetration of the herb and therefore an overall more potent action and effect.  The main bitter herbs of Ayurveda include Neem, Kutki, Kalmegha, Bhumyamalaki, Turmeric, Daruharidra, Karella (bitter melon) and Musta among many others.  Although these herbs all have their own unique actions, they do possess similar qualities such as being detoxifying, cooling (mostly), reducing (catabolic), anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and act specifically on the liver and blood.  Continue reading »

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5 Reasons Why a Juice Cleanse May Not be Healthy for You

raw-juicing and AyurvedaWith the New Year having just passed, the theme of cleansing and detoxing is a popular concept.  But just as we have an overwhelming number of different miracle diets available, there also seems to be just as many trendy cleansing options as well.  At the top of this long list of cleansing phenomenons, is the ever-so-popular juice cleanse.  In truth, one diet is not going to be appropriate for every-body, just as one cleanse will not be a healthy option for every individual as well. Continue reading »

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Do You Have Toxins in Your System?

toxinsToxins, also known as ama in Ayurveda, are one of the major causes of disorder, discomfort and disease. Although everybody is susceptible to some level of toxins in their system, once this sludge becomes chronic and deep-rooted is when disruption begins to manifest. Continue reading »

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