Every year around this time, one of our teachers, Michelle, detoxes for a whole month. I talked to her about the process, and she told me the key is taking it in stages. It’s much harder to stick to something when you drastically change your habits all at once. Michelle starts with 2 weeks without gluten, dairy, or alcohol. Then on the 3rd week, she cuts back on coffee. In the 4th week, she fully detoxes from coffee and caffeine, processed food, and sugar. On the last day of the month, she’ll finish strong with a 1 day juice cleanse. Doesn’t this sounds SO much more doable?!
You probably break a sweat during your yoga flows, and other ways you like to exercise, but I’m talking a deep detoxifying sweat from a steam room or sauna! If you’re having trouble shaking the season cold or allergies, step into the steam room at your local gym (many 24 hour fitness have them), breathe deeply, and get your sweat on!
We recently posted about infrared saunas, and I can’t recommend that experience enough for a good detoxifying sweat. Here’s what I wrote about Purify Sauna Lounge in Anaheim Hills.
Everyone there was very helpful in explaining how it works, what to wear (or not wear, I should say), and all the benefits.
You can spend quite awhile in the sauna, up to 40 minutes, since the heat is from an infrared light. I only lasted about 30 minutes, but still felt the full effects. I mostly did some seated yoga, but you can also play music, read, or even watch TV! It’s important to bring water or buy a bottle there. It’s a totally private sauna so you can be nude or wear a swim suit.
I don’t know if this is how you’re supposed to feel, but I felt energized and refreshed after sweating that much. I seriously felt so happy and got so much done the rest of the day. Add this to your self-spring cleaning list FOR SURE.
Spend some time outside in nature without your phone. Make a day of it! Go to the beach, go one a hike, just explore technology free. Let us know what you observed and perhaps learn from this experience!
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