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!
Wren Natural Review
I discovered Wren Natural at Expo West, a convention showcasing hundreds and hundreds of natural foods and wellness products, and immediately knew I needed their products in my life. I've been using the facial "cleansing grains" for about 2 weeks now, and love the gentle exfoliation it provides. My face always feels SO clean, and my skin actually feels brighter and tighter!
A little bit about Wren Natural - they are minimalists when it comes to ingredients and packaging, because there’s so much we DON’T need to putting on our skins, down our drains, or in the trash. You’ll always know exactly what’s inside the products you use, and everything is completely natural.
Cleansing Grains is the product I chose because I have hopped around face washes for years, never fully satisfied because my skin was left too dry, to oily, burning, or itchy. I know I like exfoliating cleansers, so I decided to give this a try. Normally, I immediately have to apply moisturizer after washing my face, but I felt like I already had moisturized after washing with the cleansing grains. That’s already 3 benefits in one: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. I’ve been so happy with it so I went online and learned you can even leave the grains on your face for a MASK! THAT’S 4 IN 1! If you want to get creative, you can ALSO use different agents for mixing. I’ve only used water, but coconut milk or various oils can be used to change the experience.
That brings me to the mixing. This cleanser comes as a powder with a cute little wooden spoon. You put a small scoop of the powder into your hand and add a little bit of water, then rub onto your face. It’s a little bit of a process, and was a mess at first, but it’s easy to get the hang of it, and now I enjoy the process and know I'm doing something unique when I use this product.
I’m grateful to have been introduced to Wren Natural, and I think I found my face wash home :)
4 WAYS TO TURN YOUR ROUTINE BATH OR SHOWER
Happy Flow Yoga Team
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