7 Things to know about Natural Detoxing

Natural detoxing is something that we can do every day by eating organic or locally sourced, natural raw food, doing yoga, engaging our brain in uplifting thoughts and being reflective. But there are times in our lives when we need that extra boost in a special setting that allows us focus on the process. Here are some key aspects of a natural detox:

1. Detoxification = de-hibernation
During cold winters our bodies are in a semi- hibernating status. It saves food for later, because we learned through evolution that it needs to. That means that it saves toxins as well. The detoxification process will therefore reverse this process and wake up your body from hibernation to start off a new phase of life, fit and energised.
2. Energy
Toxins block your body’s energy. They clog up your lymphatic, immune and nervous systems and can coagulate your blood circulation. Many yogis knew that from time and that is why, through exploring and experiential knowledge, they created kriyas (exercises and breathing techniques intended to purify and cleanse the body’s energy channels), asanas (yoga postures) pranayama (practice of controlling the breath), meditation and correct diet. All this helps to clean our bodies from blockages – physical, spiritual and psychological alike.
3. Gentleness
Natural detoxing mainly comprises of yoga practices combined with green juice fasting and not less than a 70% raw, vegan diet. When this is adhered to and combined with many ayurvedic massages, that help our bodies to relieve tension, it is the most gentle and also the most effective way to detox.
4. Non-intrusive
One of the reasons that our bodies react better to a natural detox than to one that includes taking detoxification pills or doing colon hydrotherapy or irrigation is, that it is non- intrusive. By applying techniques to enhance the body’s self -healing and cleaning powers, it can then decide itself when it is ready to let go of the toxins.
5. Nutrients
Another reason for doing a natural detox is that the raw juice and food provide all the essential nutrients to the body while at the same time removing toxins and congested food. Together with good hydration (plenty of water) this helps to clean and nourish our internal systems and our brain.
6. Body Movement & Massage
Doing a vigorous, fast paced, movement with the breath, style of yoga (Sushumna Vinyasa Flow) as well as gentle body movement and stretches as practiced in restorative (yin) yoga, bring additional detoxification benefits. In each asana, varying pressure is put on a particular organ, which leads to more blood leaving and returning to and from that area, which again leads to toxins being flushed out faster.
7. Meditation
Meditation turns a natural detox into a holistic system by integrating self –reflection and the joy of being in the moment. When we settle down doing practices that rid ourselves of emotional and mental blockages, we enhance a process that is sometimes regarded as only physical.
You see, a natural detox is a holistic approach that tackles every part of our body and not just the physical side. Done in the right moment and under the right supervision it can be a life changing experience.

Copyright Sonja Appel, Sushumna Yoga
Sonja Appel is a very experienced yoga teacher who has founded her own school and studio called Sushumna Yoga. She comes from a professional performing arts background and is also a writer.

10 reasons to do Green Juice Fasting

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There is no time like now to start incorporating green juice fasts into your normal diet and eating habits. This deliciously packed drink is mainly made up of all green leafy vegetables, fruit, seaweed (nori strips), spirulina powder and tender coconut water. It helps us to feel and experience new energy levels and awareness. This goes hand in hand with the journey that yoga takes us on and is wonderful for meditation.
All you need is a nifty juicer to juice all the above ingredients together, using your favourite fruit, but preferably melons, kiwi fruit and pomegranates and the right attitude to enable you to love doing it.

Even if it is only done once a week for a full day, it has numerous benefits and will change your life:

  • Green juice eliminates drugs, chemicals and pesticides.
  • Eradicates most food allergies and sensitivities.
  • Juicing enhances spiritual and physical wellbeing.
  • It increases mental clarity.
  • Increases energy levels.
  • Prevents chronic diseases caused by poor diet and lifestyle.
  • Gives you glowing skin and helps you to lose weight.
  • Gives the body a rest from constantly working on absorption and

    elimination.

  • Allows more energy for constructive use as it reduces the energy used

    for food digestion.

  • Clears any mucous discharge.

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Sonja Appel is an experienced yoga teacher and the founder of Sushumna Yoga, a school and studio in Goa, India. She is a writer and leads workshops, teacher training courses and retreats.
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7 Things To Know About Natural Detoxing

 

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Natural detoxing is something that we can do every day by eating organic or locally sourced, natural raw food, doing yoga, engaging our brain in uplifting thoughts and being reflective. But there are times in our lives when we need that extra boost in a special setting that allows us focus on the process. Here are some key aspects of a natural detox:

1. Detoxification = de-hibernation
During cold winters our bodies are in a semi- hibernating status. It saves food for later, because we learned through evolution that it needs to. That means that it saves toxins as well. The detoxification process will therefore reverse this process and wake up your body from hibernation to start off a new phase of life, fit and energized.

2. Energy
Toxins block your body’s energy. They clog up your lymphatic, immune and nervous systems and can coagulate your blood circulation. Many yogis knew that from time and that is why, through exploring and experiential knowledge, they created kriyas (exercises and breathing techniques intended to purify and cleanse the body’s energy channels), asanas (yoga postures) pranayama (practice of controlling the breath), meditation and correct diet. All this helps to clean our bodies from blockages – physical, spiritual and psychological alike.

3. Gentleness
Natural detoxing mainly comprises of yoga practices combined with green juice fasting and not less than a 70% raw, vegan diet. When this is adhered to and combined with many ayurvedic massages, that help our bodies to relieve tension, it is the most gentle and also the most effective way to detox.

4. Non-intrusive
One of the reasons that our bodies react better to a natural detox than to one that includes taking detoxification pills or doing colon hydrotherapy or irrigation is, that it is non- intrusive. By applying techniques to enhance the body’s self -healing and cleaning powers, it can then decide itself when it is ready to let go of the toxins.

5. Nutrients
Another reason for doing a natural detox is that the raw juice and food provide all the essential nutrients to the body while at the same time removing toxins and congested food. Together with good hydration (plenty of water) this helps to clean and nourish our internal systems and our brain.

6. Body Movement & Massage
Doing a vigorous, fast paced, movement with the breath, style of yoga (Sushumna Vinyasa Flow) as well as gentle body movement and stretches as practiced in restorative (yin) yoga, bring additional detoxification benefits. In each asana, varying pressure is put on a particular organ, which leads to more blood leaving and returning to and from that area, which again leads to toxins being flushed out faster.

7. Meditation
Meditation turns a natural detox into a holistic system by integrating self –reflection and the joy of

being in the moment. When we settle down doing practices that rid ourselves of emotional and mental blockages, we enhance a process that is sometimes regarded as only physical.

You see, a natural detox is a holistic approach that tackles every part of our body and not just the physical side. Done in the right moment and under the right supervision it can be a life changing experience.

Copyright Sonja Appel, Sushumna Yoga

Sonja Appel is a very experienced yoga teacher who has founded her own school and studio called Sushumna Yoga. She comes from a professional performing arts background and is also a writer.

 

 

 

 

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Being a yogi doesn’t always mean being nice and peaceful

Being a yogi doesn't always mean being nice and peaceful

Being a yogi doesn’t always mean being nice and peaceful; it’s also about being strong, and wild, and forceful. The legend of Goddess Kali will give you an idea of how protection and kindness blends with strength and force. A story from Yoga Journal.

For yogis, Kali represents enlightenment itself, strength and force. Part of what Kali represents is the power to release what is true in you—not only the ultimate truth but also the truth that is uniquely yours. Kali is usually described as the goddess of destruction: although beautiful, she looks scary. Kali is supposed to have arisen out of the warrior-goddess Durga during a particularly fierce battle with demons. The demons had a nasty power: Their spilled blood turned into more demon-warriors. Kali’s job was to lick the drops of blood from the slain demons, and she did it so well that Durga won the battle. As Kali’s legend evolved over time, she came to symbolize both spiritual and psychological liberation.

She became one of the archetypes of the Great Mother, a protector and as well as the destroyer of demonic tendencies. Just as reality itself can be both kind and fierce, the yogi’s Kali is the enlightening force that smashes preconceived notions, frees you from conditioned beliefs, false personal identities, and everything else that keeps you from recognizing your true identity.

Yoga – A Proven Escape to Happy and Healthy Life

This is a great summary of the benefits of yoga that we would like to share with you. Namaste!

Vital Tips For Health

Yoga, an ancient style of positioning the body in various styles, is being practiced in a large number of countries across the globe. It isn’t a latest trend, but it’s a form of exercise that exists in the world for more than 5000 years. Unlike aerobic and other form of westernize exercises, yoga helps you rejuvenate both – your body as well as soul.

Professional yoga classes focus on physical poses, breathing techniques and meditation techniques. Some yoga classes specialize in meditation and some specialize in pregnancy related yoga exercises. No matter what type of yoga training (yoga-Ausbildung in German) you choose, but one thing it guaranteed that the training will bring the greatest health benefits to you.

Physical Benefits

Yoga turns out to be very useful in improving the physical fitness of the body. Following are some major benefits of yoga training:

  • Increase the mobility of joints
  • Increase…

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