I’m a detox dropout (sorry ego.)
I’ve done three Ayurveda detox’s in the past. My first one was successful. It was well planned and I made sure I canceled as many outside activities as I could. I also did it at a time my roommates were gone so that I wouldn’t get distracted. I was working my bartending job (how else do yoga teachers afford Whole Foods,) the late nights were a bit of a distraction, but you work with what you have. In the end, I felt amazing, my energy skyrocketed, my digestion was improved and I felt the benefits of the cleanse for weeks after. The best part was, mundane tasks were woven into my days with wit, clarity and enthusiasm.
During the transition of winter to spring, I gave a three-day detox a shot. For me, three days was a cleansing crasher. I didn’t get the empowering feeling that good discipline brings nor did I give my body enough time to relax. I saw a bit of an improvement but didn’t stick any changes.
When my latest Fall detox came around, I promised myself that it would be a great one. And it was… until day 4. I factored my detox into a two-week span of being home for the first time in 6 weeks and finishing The Florida Academy of Ayurveda the following week. What I didn’t factor in was my current Vata state that was brought on by big decisions and deadlines, tangled with jet-lag.
What really happened was, my body was saying no more and my Pitta mind was saying hell no. So off I went to teach. When I got home I re-evaluated the situation with my teacher and classmates and decided to lend a hand to my body. Throwing in the towel, was crushing, but it’s true, we learn best from our failures.
Things to consider when doing a detox.