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Detox your mental clutter Carve out some alone-time during which you don’t do ANYTHING. Just lay on the couch, maybe listen to some calming music, light your favorite scent and put on a beautiful light or a candle, but most importantly put away all your electronic devices. This is one of the most effective breaks you can get. Learn and enjoy doing NOTHING at all.

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Detox your Body and Mind 5 Ayurvedic Steps by Nadja-Timea Scherrer

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yurveda is an ancient natural healing system from India that looks at the body, mind, heart and soul as a unit. It takes a holistic approach to every aspect of our life. So if you detox your body, you automatically detox your mind, heart and soul. Ayurveda not only encompass the digestion of food but the digestion of everything else entering the system such as thoughts, emotions, the energy of things, places, and people. Consequently, Ayurvedic detox goes far beyond fasting or changing your diet. Take a period of two weeks during which you commit to detoxifying your life. Prior to this period, start spending more time alone in nature, reconnecting with the elements and being present in the moment, consciously breathing in the essential oils of trees, the cold ocean breeze or enjoying the feeling of freedom in nature. Following are steps to take to support your detox.

Detox your diet For a period of 2 weeks stop drinking alcohol, smoking, and eating fast food. Only eat warm, natural and fresh home-cooked 38

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meals, reduce your refined sugar and caffeine intake and only drink either room temperature or hot beverages.

Detox your breath The breath is the gateway that connects the body, emotions and the mind, so you can use it to detox all of them. Alternate nostril breathing is an efficient way to detoxify the system.

Detox your body Choose four yoga twist poses (asanas) you like and hold each of them for 7 deep breaths, counting on 4 on the inhale and 6 on the exhale. This wrings out the toxins in your body and declutters your mind. Get yourself a tongue scraper and scrape your tongue every morning right after getting up before you drink water. This will help you get rid of the bacteria that accumulates on your tongue during the night and will also stimulate the digestive process that already started on your tongue. Take a detoxifying Epsom salt bath; add 6 drops of natural essential lavender oil for complete relaxation. If you add some powdered coconut milk it will not only smell yummy but also add a creamy lusciousness.

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Create space by decluttering and deep cleaning your entire home from refrigerator to wardrobe and make space for things you want in your life. Stay away from people that bring you pain as much as you can and don’t feel bad about it. Then consciously bring in things you want like colors, scents, music, lighting that you right now feel attracted to. Also, think about what fills you with joy; reading, spending time with someone special, creating art, whatever it is bring it into your surroundings by making space on your table for a sewing machine, putting up a picture of your dead grandfather, playing an instrument, etc. You don’t have to think about the end result if creating makes you happy. All you need to do is create because this is healing by itself. It doesn’t need to go anywhere. Nadja-Timea Scherrer is an Ayurvedic Life and Health Counsellor, Certified Yoga Teacher who offers Mindful Cooking Classes in the Miami Design District. For information email nadja@pinkelephant.life. Visit our Urban Health & Lifestyle platform for the natural urban woman of today: pinkelephant.life.

February 2018 Natural Awakenings Miami  

Healthy Living Magazine

February 2018 Natural Awakenings Miami  

Healthy Living Magazine

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