Spring Cleaning Part 1

“To keep the body healthy is a duty… otherwise we cannot keep our mind strong and clear.”- Buddha

It’s not too late for spring cleaning. I am on day 6 of a 2 week cleanse. I decided to keep it simple by avoiding sugar and common allergens such as gluten, corn, soy, dairy and eggs. I have included dandelion tea for the first week and I am taking some extra chlorella. I am doing my best to drink lots of water to flush out the toxins.

Spring is associated with the liver, the main organ responsible for filtering toxic substances. You can help your liver be more efficient by adding twists and forward bends to your yoga practice. You can download a Detox Yoga sequence here.

Practicing some pranayama such as breath of fire is also beneficial to the liver. Breath of fire can take time to master but it’s well worth the effort. It is said to cleanse the blood in as little as 3 minutes. It also releases deeply rooted toxins in the lungs, mucous membranes, blood vessels and cells.

Emotionally, the liver is know as seat of anger and other negative emotions such as frustration and impatience. A meditation practice can help clear your mind and emotions.

Spring Cleaning Part 2 will be posted Thursday. It will include a recipe, meditation and an ancient Ayurvedic technique.