5-Day Ayurveda Spring Cleanse & Reset
When the gentle spring breezes begin to blow is the perfect time to start spring cleaning — not only for your house and your clothes, but for your body as well!
Detoxifying in spring is an important part of the Ayurvedic seasonal routine, called ritucharya. This is the time of the year when nature biologically supports cleansing of the body. Toxins accumulate year round in the body for a variety of reasons; improper digestion due to unhealthy food choices or improper food combining, chemicals in the air and in the products we use daily, and high levels of stress.
During the winter we all tend to eat heavier foods and store more fat to fortify against the cold. Unfortunately, we are often unable to properly digest those heavy foods which leads to a build-up of digestive impurities (ama) in the form of a sticky, toxic sludge (yuck!) that starts accumulating in the digestive organs. When everything in nature starts to melt away so do these toxins in our body. Eventually, they get dislodged from the digestive organs and move into other parts of the body where they manifest as illness or more serious health disorders. And as we age, the body's natural mechanisms for eliminating these toxins begins to decline, making it even more important to cleanse during seasonal transitions, specifically from winter to spring and summer to fall.
An Ayurvedic cleanse gives us the tools to support these transitions and detoxify the body so we can maintain optimal wellness for the following season. In Ayurvedic tradition, cleansing is just as much about food choices as it is about shifting mindset and daily routines. These cleanses are unique because the combination of nourishing foods consumed and the daily cleansing rituals provide constant support as physical and emotional toxins are being released from the body.
Are you ready to cleanse, reset, and renew?
Join me on April 17th for this rejuvenating and immune-boosting gentle Ayurvedic cleanse
Unlike other restrictive cleanses that leave you feeling lethargic and depleted of energy, the Respira Wellness 5-Day Spring Cleanse + Reset is specifically designed to help conserve and maintain your energy throughout the duration of the program, so that you can carry on with your normal routines with ease. You will learn the foundations of Ayurvedic nutrition and seasonal daily rituals that will truly make a difference in your health.
Participants in the cleanse often come away with:
- Increased energy levels by the end of the week
- Better digestive functioning and faster metabolism
- Awakened taste buds and a better appreciation for healthy foods
- Heightened mental clarity, self compassion, and self-awareness
- Reduced cravings for caffeine, sugar, and processed foods
- Motivation to make better food choices and eat more mindfully
- Improved sense of self and more desire to stay committed to self-care
- Better understanding of food choices based on the seasons
- A more supportive and nourishing daily routine
- A release of stagnant energy and feeling rejuvenated
- Guidance to make food and lifestyle choices that are seasonally supportive
- Feeling more grounded, and lighter physically, mentally, and spiritually
What you'll receive in your cleanse manual:
- Foundations of Ayurvedic and Spring cleansing:
- Dinacharya : daily Ayurvedic rituals + daily planner template
- Ama : how toxic build-up affects digestive health
- Agni : how to determine the state of your digestion
- Kitchari : benefits, prep, and recipes
- Dipana and Pachana: Ayurvedic digestive aids
- 3 Self-assessments:
- Discover your mind-body constitution (Dosha)
- How much toxic build-up (ama) do you have?
- What is the state of your digestion fire (Agni)?
- Recipe guide with simple and accessible Ayurvedic recipes
- 2 sample meal plans: strict (mono-diet) and flexible
- Daily meal plan templates
- Printable grocery shopping list
- Seasonal foods chart
- Journaling pages for reflections and accountability
- 5 Dinacharya video tutorials:
- Jihwa Prakshalana: tongue scraping
- Abhyanga: self-massage with oil
- Garshana: dry brushing
- Jala Neti: nasal passage cleansing
- Nasya: nasal passage purification
- Pre-recorded yoga flows:
- Vinyasa for releasing stagnant energy
- Yin for eliminating toxins and improving digestion
As a bonus you will also receive:
- 2-month access to Mindfulness audio meditations
- 2-month access to Mindful eating audio meditations
- 2-month access to my Yoga on Demand library
- Daily email check-ins for support and accountability
- 15 minute private coaching call with Lisa to follow up after your cleanse
Registration & Cleanse Information:
Upon registration for the cleanse you will receive a personal welcome email from me. You will receive the class PDF manual as well as video content and tutorials and other useful links to support you during the cleanse. Please ensure that you register in time to complete any shopping or preparation for the cleanse start date on April 17th.
Stage 1: Shopping & Meal Prep: April 11th - April 16th
Preparation is key when cleansing and the more you are familiar with the material, the more likely you will be able to stick to, and reap the benefits of the cleanse. Take this time to peruse the cleanse manual, complete self-assessments, do grocery shopping, meal preparation, and familiarize yourself with daily Ayurvedic rituals. You may choose to incorporate one or two rituals to your daily routine and begin to naturally shift your meals to help prepare your body for the deeper cleanse work in stage 2.
Stage 2: Cleanse & Reset: April 17th - April 21st
These are the specific cleanse days. You may choose to follow the strict Ayurvedic kitchari mono-diet for the full 5 days, or opt for one of the gentler, less restrictive variations provided in the manual. During this time you will naturally tune in to your body and cultivate a mind-body connection that allows you to make the best choices for your body or state of mind.
Stage 3: Renew & Integrate | April 22nd - April 24th
Once you have completed this three-day cleanse, your body may continue to process and eliminate toxins for another few days. It is normal for your digestion to be somewhat sensitive during this time, since your digestive system will have become accustomed to eating clean foods. For this reason, if possible, continue to eat primarily plant-based foods for 2-3 days after the cleanse, then gradually introduce other foods into your diet. If you enjoyed the cleanse and would like to continue, you may do for another 4-5 days. You might want to pay special attention to how your body reacts to certain aggravating and inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and nightshade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers) after your cleanse. Keep a journal and jot down which foods make you feel nourished and which foods your body doesn't respond well to.
Stage 4: Connect Post-Cleanse
Set up a 15-minute follow up coaching call with Lisa to discuss your challenges, successes and receive personalized wellness tips post-cleanse. Lisa will help you integrate the tools that you learned during the cleanse so you can continue your wellness journey with a deeper sense of clarity and balance.
Ayurvedic cleanses are unique because they are just as much about nourishing the body as they are cleansing and detoxifying. An Ayurvedic cleanse focuses on building and increasing the metabolism (agni – digestive fire) while it helps the body to move and release deeply stored metabolic waste and toxins. Essentially, digestion and elimination are improved while the body’s major cleansing organs (liver, kidneys, colon, and skin) are constantly supported. Ayurvedic cleansing can also be beneficial on an emotional and spiritual level as well. Often when we release toxins from the tissues of the physical body it can actually cause past trauma and undigested emotions to surface in the mind. By cleansing the physical body we also give ourselves space to observe, accept and release emotions that no longer serve us.
Each body is different and responds differently to the cleansing process. There are different phases during the cleanse, each with different experiences, discomforts, and feelings of relief. It is common to feel nauseous, lethargic, and suffer from headaches and mood swings. This will be dependent on the amount of toxins built up in the body and/or how strictly you follow the cleanse. Since you may experience some of these side effects, it is recommended that you do your best to conserve as much of your energy as possible during the cleanse.
A kitchari diet, mono diet involves a kitchari (mix of mung daal and basmati rice) diet. We provide guidance of modifications for specific diets. The mono diet is a very simple and easy-to-digest diet, which allows the digestive fire to rest and reset. This is crucial to the cleansing process.
It is always recommended that you consult your health care provider before making any changes to your health care plan. This is even more highly suggested for those who have specific, chronic conditions.
Any cleansing process requires a significant amount of energy and processing for both the body and mind. It is usually recommended that you rest your body as much as possible during a cleanse. Try to clear your schedule so you can give your body and mind the necessary time to detox, strengthen, and rejuvenate. If you choose to move, do light movements only such as gentle or Mindful yoga, short walks, etc.
There are cleanses, then there are CLEANSES! For this one, you are provided with tips, suggestions, and recipes but ultimately you choose how strictly you will follow it. Throughout the cleanse, remind yourself to be grateful for the fact that you made the decision to take better care of your body and mind. We all fall off the bandwagon. What is key in continued success is getting back on track and always observing kindness towards yourself. Cleansing is a wonderful wellness tool, but it can also be very challenging. No one can benefit from a cleanse if they do not listen to their bodies. An optimistic mindset + self-compassion and non-judgement goes a long way.
The information provided in this cleanse is based on research, personal study and experience with nutrition and Ayurveda. As with any cleanse or detox programme you should always consult your healthcare provider. It is strongly suggested that individuals who are sick, pregnant, breast-feeding, menstruating, or recovering from an acute condition do not participate in a cleanse.