Use this holiday-ready detox sequence to gently encourage the release of waste from the body and mind. By moving from energetic standing twists to restorative twists, where gravity helps decompress the spine, this sequence is a practice in surrender. Rather than creating blockages in your body, heart, and mind by clinging to those extra servings of pumpkin pie or emotions that family time may bring up (anger, resentment, or jealousy, anyone?), you can let go of pain, discomfort, and dis-ease of body, mind, and spirit. Go ahead and let this sequence move out anything holding you back and restore healthy flow in your body and mind.
Next, you need to nourish your body with healthful, cleansing foods. At the heart of the dietary program is kitchari, a simple dish of rice and mung beans widely used throughout Asia to purify the body. Its balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat makes for an easy-to-digest yet highly nourishing meal. Kitchari is also tridoshic, which means that it’s appropriate for all three doshas. “The lightness of the dish reduces kapha in the body,” Blossom says. “At the same time, it stabilizes vata by offering a complete source of protein. And the astringent nature of the beans cools pitta, so kitchari is naturally anti-inflammatory.” Best of all, eating kitchari twice daily keeps hunger and cravings at bay, he says.
So you overate or overstressed… This short sequence focuses on processing and letting go to counteract holiday excess, leave you feeling lighter, and make some space for joy.
The first step in reducing the toxicity created by an overloaded life? Slowing down. During the next seven days, adjust your schedule so you have time to prepare and eat your meals in a relaxed manner, practice daily yoga, and take regular meditation breaks. By saying “no” to the outside influences that pull your attention and energy in so many directions—and replacing them with healthier choices—you’ll begin to tune in to your body’s natural rhythms and detox more effectively.
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