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FALL CLEARING CLEANSE

Release Into Fall

  • Create a nurturing retreat space that allows us to slow down, release, reflect, & re-align

  • Eat 3-meals a day including a nourishing & detoxifying superfood porridge

  • Hydrate well with optional teas & herbs

  • Shift our bodies into fat-burning mode & do practices to help clear old emotions

  • Are invited to be intentional with our eating, cravings, screen-time, wake & sleep times, etc.

  • Reflect on what surfaces for us, what we need, & what we don't wish to carry forward

  • Connect with live group practices to enhance cleanse benefits

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The primary lesson of the fall...

LET GO!

 

As autumn helps us transition into winter, it's a time of letting go, slowing down, and preparing for a restful winter.  

 

According to Ayurveda, periodic cleanses are like doing preventative maintenance on the one vehicle we will own for a lifetime!

And yet, if you're like me, it can seem hard to actually slow down, rest, and release...and that's what this cleanse is for!  To give us that little loving push to do the nourishing things we want to do for ourselves but that we can find hard to prioritize and do!

While many think of cleanses as depriving or harsh, this cleanse is about creating a mini-retreat space to love yourself up!

In this cleanse, we:

 

CLEANSE BENEFITS

According to Ayurveda, the transition into fall is an excellent time for a gentle cleanse as it helps us to:

  • RELEASE ACCUMULATED HEAT FROM THE SUMMER SEASON TO PREVENT BURNOUT

  • PREPARE OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS FOR WINTER BY SUPPORTING OUR LIVER'S & LYMPHATIC SYSTEM'S DETOXIFICATION ABILITIES

  • RELEASE EMOTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN STORED IN FAT TISSUE

General benefits of Ayurvedic cleansing also include:

  • REDUCES CRAVINGS & RESETS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

  • FAT-BURNING FOR EMOTIONAL RELEASE & ENHANCED CALM, SELF-AWARENESS, & SPIRITUAL STATES

  • STRENGTHENS OUR MIND, WILLPOWER, & SELF-UNDERSTANDING

  • REJUVENATES & ENHANCES ENERGY

  • CREATES CLARITY

  • HELPS WITH PHYSICAL & MENTAL RESTORATION

  • RESETS THE GUT WALL & SUPPORTS HEALTHY MICROBIOME SUPPORTING OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS & EMOTIONAL BALANCE

  • RESTORATION OF HEALTHY SLEEP PATTERNS

  • BALANCES ALL THREE DOSHAS (AYURVEDIC CONSTITUTIONS)

A primary focus of Ayurvedic cleanses is to enhance our digestive fire. According to this tradition, a strong digestive fire (agni) leads to:

  • IMPROVED DIGESTION OF FOOD & ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

  • BOOSTED IMMUNITY FROM IMPROVED LYMPH FLOW & DIGESTION

  • THE DIGESTION OF STORED EMOTIONS TO RELEASE PSYCHOLOGICAL WEIGHT & ENHANCE CLARITY & CALM

  • AN INCREASED CAPACITY TO TAKE IN & RELEASE MORE MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, & EMOTIONALLY

  • A BALANCED CONSTITUTION (BODY, HEART, & MIND)

  • GREATER WILL, DISCIPLINE, DETERMINATION, & CONFIDENCE

 

SIGNS YOU MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THIS CLEANSE

SIGNS OF PITTA EXCESS:

  • Anger, irritability, impatience, being overly-ambitious

  • Being judgmental, competitive, or overly-critical

  • Overworking & "burning the candle at both ends"

  • Excess body heat

  • Stomach ulcers, acid reflux, gas, indigestion

  • Acne, rashes or red skin

  • Bad breath or ody odor

  • Loose stools

  • Inflammation

  • Burning or red eyes

  • Painful menstrual cramps

An Ayurvedic cleanse at the end of summer is especially important to help us release excess Pitta dosha that can lead to burnout when unchecked (an excess of fire and water elements that you'll learn more about in the cleanse).

This type of cleanse also helps to alleviate excess Vata (air and ether) and Kapha (earth and water).

SIGNS OF VATA EXCESS:

  • Anxiety, nervousness, confusion, fear

  • Mental ruminations & excessive thinking or worrying

  • Easily distracted

  • Feeling "wired but tired"

  • Restlessness & fidgeting

  • Dry hair, skin, joints, & lips

  • Gas, bloating, constipation

  • Weight-loss

  • Coldness & poor circulation

  • Muscle twitching & palpitations

  • Sensitivity to loud nouses

  • Light, interrupted sleep

SIGNS OF KAPHA EXCESS:

  • Depression & sadness

  • Heaviness, lethargy, sluggishness, drowsiness, brain fog

  • Excessive sleep & laziness

  • Fullness in the stomach, nausea, a poor appetite

  • Slow metabolism

  • Excessive mucous in the throat or chest

  • Tendency to get colds

  • Weight-gain

  • Excess urination, salivation, or water retention

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ABOUT AYURVEDA

Ayurveda is translated as the "science of life" and is considered a sister science of yoga.

 

It is India's alternative holistic health and wellness system and widely believe to be the oldest wellness tradition in the world, dating back over 5,000 years.

 

It aims for prevention and treatment via holistic strategies to maintain balance of one's inherent constitution.

 

Aspects that can be used to maintain balance include our daily schedule, type of activities/exercise, what we consume, what climate we're in, and much more.

 

According to Ayurveda, digestion is a key component of wellness and cleanses are commonly used in this tradition to strengthen digestion. 

 

Periodic cleanses are believed to be preventative maintenance that helps us stabilize our health as they help us clear accumulations from our system such as: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress than can cause toxicity build-up in our body-minds.

 

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID:

"Monica's fall ayurvedic cleanse was such a perfect combination of care of the body, mind, and spirit. Before the cleanse, I was feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and lacking control over my eating habits. During the cleanse, I could feel my body getting a much needed reset and rest. After the cleanse, I had a rockstar digestion (great poops, lol!), more calm focused energy, and felt excited and ready for the transition into winter slowness, rather than fighting against it like I usually do. The program itself was super supportive. I loved the group meetups each day of the cleanse, for both accountability and for the variety of self-care tools Monica shared with us. The eBook was beautiful and very helpful. I referred to it often for the recipes and guidance. I also loved learning about the ayurvedic theories behind food, our bodies, and how to best support our doshas. I would absolutely do this cleanse process again! I can see it being so beneficial to do with each season change, during illness, or anytime you need a reset. I'm already looking forward to the next session!"

~ Megan S., Colorado

 

"Monica was an excellent teacher for my first cleanse. She is one of the most thoughtful and compassionate yogis I have met and her careful and research-based approach came through in every aspect of the cleanse. I feel empowered to make healthier choices and truly enjoy "treats" when I choose to instead of feeling like I need them to get through the day. I would definitely do this cleanse again and try to push myself a bit further with Monica's guidance."

~ Danielle H., New York

 

"The fall clearing cleanse came at a perfect time for me to slow down and reset. I feel like I am much more aware of the choices I am making in my life and I have been able to release self-judgment through this simple awareness. Monica was a gentle and supportive guide throughout the process who shared her wisdom and helped me make sense of what came up for me during the cleanse. I really look forward to doing another cleanse with Monica!"

~ Chelsea J., Vermont

"My first cleanse ever with Monica has opened a new door for me, especially realizing how much diet is connected to our emotions and general well-being.  I have received golden advices of how to take care of my eating habits and I enjoyed the structure of retreat as thank to pre-cleanse days period I have had a smoother transition to full cleanse days.  This experience has changed the way how I used to perceive cleanse retreats in general, I wasn't suffering and neither being hungry.  And the effect after was just pure bliss.  I even continue with some more cleanse days from time to time by myself.  Very grateful to have Monica's guidance and support of the whole group.  On top of all the detailed guidebook written by Monica, has helped me to get full overview of the retreat and anytime I can now come back to any information I am interested in."

~ Eva D., Czech Republic

 

FAQ

What does it cost?

The investment is $90.

What's included?

  • 1 x Getting Started FAQ call to answer all your questions

  • Ongoing support throughout the cleanse

  • E-book with:

    • Drink & meal recipes

    • General info on Ayurveda

    • Recommendations for your dosha/imbalances

    • Tracking logs for cravings & hydration

    • Journal prompts to help you gain mental/emotional cleanse benefits

  • Morning practice video to stoke your physical & mental digestion

  • 3 x 60 minute live practice calls to connect with the group & enhance cleanse benefits

  • 1 x 60 minute final integration call to help you integrate your insights & set your intention for your path forward

  • A discount on future Ayurvedic cleanse retreats (offered 2x/year in spring and fall)

Why is it called "3-5 days"?

As some have now done the 3-day version of the cleanse with me multiple times, I decided to add the option to receive support for a 5-day cleanse for those who wish to keep expanding & deepening the cleanse benefits by extending it longer.  You can do the 3-day version if it's your first cleanse (Ayurvedic or otherwise) or extend to 5 days—it's up to you!

Is 3 days enough to make a difference?

You'd be surprised!  Many people feel it is just the right amount to integrate into a normal life schedule.  Whether you're newer to cleansing or experienced, 3-days is enough to provide a physical, mental, & emotional reset.  The short time-frame can also help us to commit more fully than we might with a longer time period.  If you are a seasoned cleanser you are of course welcome to try the 5-day version!

Why do this Ayurvedic cleanse over another cleanse?

  • Gentle & great for first time cleansers!  Eating 3 meals a day means you're not starving plus there are more options to make it even more accessible while still delivering you cleanse benefits

  • Options for experienced cleansers 

  • Low-calorie cleanses can actually shift the body into stress- / fat-storing mode instead of helping stabilize blood sugar & shifting the metabolism into fat-burning mode

  • Receive holistic benefits: This cleanse isn't about weight loss but about detoxifying, reseting, & restoring physically, mentally, & emotionally

  • Receive tools for physical, mental, & emotional detoxification to use for a lifetime

  • Focus on nourishment, self-care, & self-awareness versus harsh restrictions

  • Enjoy a supportive community for conscious connection & accountability

  • Align with seasonal cycles to better work with & realign your constution

  • Learn a bit about Ayurveda, your personal constitution, current imbalances & how to work with them

What are the dates?

Getting Started FAQ Call: Sunday, October 30th

Pre-cleanse: Tuesday, November 8th - Thursday, November 10th (or start earlier)

Active cleanse: Friday, November 11th - Sunday, November 13th (5-day version: extend through Tuesday, November 15th)

Post-cleanse: Monday, November 14th - Wednesday, November 16th (5-day version: Wednesday, November 16th - Friday, November 18th)

What is the call schedule?

Getting Started FAQ Call: Sunday, October 30th

Practice Calls* (active cleanse days): Friday, November 11th - Sunday, November 13th

Final Integration Call: Tuesday, November 15th

*Note: You will have a chance to vote on the call times when you register. Times will be made to adapt to the group as best as possible & recordings will be provided.

What do those things look like?

Pre-cleanse

Get your body-mind used to eating more simply to help ease your transition into the cleanse.  It is very helpful physically, mentally, and emotionally, and highly recommended.  It looks like starting to cut out/cut back on meat, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars etc. leading up to the cleanse & perhaps even extending that another day or more if you normally consume a lot of those things. Note: if you feel you can't go without meat for the 3 days, there are options for you.

Active cleanse

The bulk of your diet is "Kitchari" (vegetarian), a traditional Indian Ayuervedic superfood porridge.  It is like Indian rice and beans & prepared with ghee (recommended but also vegan options) to aid in the detoxification process.  There are options to ease this process if it's your first cleanse, including a different option to eat for breakfast, optional snacks, & beverages.  I will also suggest a "re-hydration" procedure which means sipping warm water throughout the day to help deeply hydrate your body & help with the detoxification process. 

 

You will receive a "craving-tracker" & journal prompts to help you be intentional & get the most out of your in your mini-self retreat!

Live nightly group check-ins/practices help you stay accountable & provide further space to release mentally, physically, & emotionally.

Post-cleanse

Slowly transition into life as normal (or perhaps some upgraded version depending on what you learn in the cleanse).  I recommend taking at least 3 days to transition, with one option to swap out one meal a day with lighter/simpler versions of what you normally eat so that by the end of three days you are back to more of your regular diet.  This helps you to further learn about how what you normally ingest is affecting your body-mind so you more powerfully integrate the benefits of the cleanse.

What about coffee!?

It is generally suggested to abstain from caffeine during the cleanse.  (If you notice a brief panic, this could be exactly what you need haha.)  It gives our nervous system a chance to restore AND when you continue your coffee routine you will get more of a boost again from the caffeine.  However, if it is shifting you more into stress mode to be without your coffee, you might simply decrease it or switch to green tea.  During past cleanses, most found eliminating coffee was way less scary & intense than they imagined it to be in their minds.  This is an opportunity to reassess the things we have in our lives, what we consume, why, & how they are serving us.  The accountability of the group space gives everyone a chance to make options that challenge them in a manageable way that helps the body while strengthening the mind.

Can I lead my normal life?

In general, cleansing invites us more into YIN mode—letting go, releasing, resting—this is the point!  You will be shifting into a different body-mind mode & so it makes sense to shift your daily routine at least somewhat too.  If you're someone who lives a lot in YANG mode (outward, active, doing), this could be just the right moment to rest your nervous system for the 3 active cleanse days & use this time to clean, clear, & release.

While you can still do much of what you normally do, you may have less energy than normal & heavy activity or intense exercise is not recommended.

 

I encourage making this a special (even sacred) time for yourself & a way to honor & nourish your body.  You might consider clearing what's not necessary from your calendar so you can tune into what you learn during the inner detoxification & cleaning process.  Up to you of course, you can lead life totally normally, you can make this a full on sacred retreat for yourself, & all the options in between. 

What should I expect?

You will likely have less energy than usual during the active cleanse days (for some maybe during the-pre cleanse days), but most people can still do much of their normal life duties just fine.  Some might also have periods of more energy, or what feels like a different type of energy.  Cravings are normal & the E-book is designed to support you through those, but you shouldn't ever feel like you're starving.  If stronger adverse symptoms arise (feeling overly nauseous, moody, tired, dizzy, etc.), I will suggest some actions to better stabilize your blood sugar.  To clarify, those are symptoms that some associate with cleansing but they are not considered normal outcomes of this type of cleanse (which is why I like it!) & they will be mitigated if they arise.

What do I need to buy?

You will get the full recipes, but the basics of what you'll need is: veggies, Basmati rice, mung dal/split yellow peas, ghee, & spices.  Additionally, you might like some extra herbs & spices for special teas & tonics (&/or a protein source & oatmeal if you're new to cleansing and going the poly-diet instead of mono-diet route).  Those who tend to get constipated or who want to improve cleanse effects might want to buy the Ayurvedic herb Triphala.  There may also be a couple more items for your grocery list depending on your Ayurvedic constitution & whether you have an imbalance currently (e.g. fruit, almonds, yogurt, quinoa, coconut oil, fresh coriander).  Everything needed you should be able to find at your local stores!  

 

 

Is it safe?

I'm not a doctor.  Please check with yours.  But one of the reasons I love this cleanse is you're still eating something warming & hearty all day!  So it's generally safe & accessible for most people.  You aren't severely restricting your calories & you're still consuming fat (clarified butter known as "ghee") to keep your gallbladder flushing & contracting which helps with risks associated with suddenly changing to a no fat diet that can lead to gallbladder sludge or stones.  It is generally not recommended to do any cleanse during menstruation, pregnancy, while breast-feeding, or if in a weakened state. 

What happens once I register?

Here's what happens:

  • Get a confirmation email with a link to a quiz to determine your Ayurvedic Constitution & current imbalances

  • Receive your e-book with cleanse info, recipes, tracking sheets, & journaling prompts

  • Attend the Getting Started FAQ call to ensure your questions are answered

  • Choose your cleanse option & create space in your schedule & life for this cleansing time

  • Prepare for the cleanse by doing your shopping (perhaps adding things to help your specific imbalances as found in the e-book) and starting your pre-cleanse transition on or before September 14

  • On active cleanse days, try the short morning practice video, do your best on active cleanse days to nourish yourself through Ayurveda, & attend nightly practice calls as you're able to connect with the group & try practices that support your personal release

  • Slowly transition to normal life post-cleanse using the suggestions provided & utilize journaling prompts to integrate your experiences & make intentional choices going forward

 

 

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