What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system originating from India. It is known as the science of life and teaches us how to preserve health and heal diseases by all living in harmony with nature.
Why do we need detox & renewal? The practice of detox, cleansing, and renewal is an essential part of Ayurveda to remove the accumulations of toxins from our mind and body in a safe and gentle way. A detox is especially recommended every 3 months to correspond to changes in season.
What is the diet during this retreat? We will eat kitcheri for all three meals throughout the detox retreat as this mono-diet to rest and reset our digestive system. Kitcheri is the traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda to strengthen our “agni” digestive fire. It is a combination of yellow mung dal, white basmati, root and leafy green vegetables, with plenty of spices based on your constitution. It is very easy for digestion and offers complete nutrition on its own. We cook our kitcheri from scratch each day with fresh grains and vegetables infused with love! Start the day off with 750ml of lemon water with sea salt each morning. For the rest of day, you may eat as much kitcheri as you like every meal until you feel full. We recommend sipping on warm water throughout the day and have ginger tea and almond as snack in the afternoon. No tea or water should be taken during the meals, only before or after.
What are some benefits I can experience from this retreat? - Restored digestion and metabolism functions - Eliminations of toxins from the mind and body - Improved sleep quality and energy level - Improve mental clarity and concentration - Promote greater sense of connection to the self and to nature - Self-care routines to continue practice at home
What is mindful eating? We practice mindful eating during each meal to promote better digestion appreciation for food. We eat in silence with taking small bites and chewing slowly with full awareness and gratitude on of the food we choose to intake and how it nourishes our body and mind.
What should I do before the retreat? At least 3 days before the retreat, begin to preparing your body for detox with a healthy diet of whole food and vegetables. Avoid artificial sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, drugs and tabaco. Example: oatmeal and fruits (breakfast), rice and boiled vegetable (lunch, dinner). Begin to prepare yourself mentally by familiarize with the retreat schedule. You may want to start getting into the routine of sleeping and waking up early and inform friends and family about your detox plans (i.e. letting them know you will limiting the use of technology during the retreat).
What should I do during the retreat? During the retreat, we follow a daily schedule of gentle yoga, meditation, eating, and resting based on Ayurvedic wisdoms. We hope you can be fully present to experience the benefits by following the schedule and recommended practice. Avoid the use of technology (cell phone, computer) or limit usage to no more than one hour per day. Please be aware that everyone responds to a detox in different ways and you may experience some symptoms such as fatigue, headache, minor constipation, frequent urination and mood swings. Know that these are normal symptoms of detox as your body is adjusting to changing in lifestyle, diet, and withdrawals of certain food. Be gentle with yourself, take as much time as you need to relax and restore so that you can move forward with fresh intentions and energy!
What should I do after the retreat? While our detox retreat is short and simple it can be quite powerful and you will continue to feel the benefits after you’ve gone home. For at least 3 days after the retreat, resist the urge to go back to eating normal food right away as your digestive system is likely sensitive to overly stimulating or processed food. Continue with a healthy diet of whole food and vegetables. Avoid artificial sugar, gluten, dairy caffeine, alcohol, drugs and tobacco.