Today, I completed Day 1 of the Fountain of Youth-inspired 3-day juice cleanse. This was my first attempt at a detox of any type, and I couldn’t do it without the participation and support of my BFF (thanks, C!). It was a bit of a last minute decision a couple nights ago, on my own initiative, since I’ve been having some weird stomach cramps, bloating and just general fatigue. Last night, we ventured to the nearest organic farmer’s market and got all the ingredients to last us the three days. We then prepared the ingredients and juiced 64 ounces, which I consumed hourly throughout the entire day, with plenty of water in between. I won’t lie, it was one the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, both mentally and physically! The only side effect I had was a bit of a headache around mid afternoon. I treated myself with a small protein dinner of hard boiled eggs and steamed portobello mushrooms over a bed of cabbage. As bland as that may sound, I enjoyed every single bite — much like someone who hadn’t eaten in weeks. I also honored my body by avoiding any vigorous physical activity today; so instead, I’m heading to music meditation class tonight to clear my head. Then back home to prep for tomorrow’s “meals.”
One down, two to go…
I know I’m a bit late on this one, but better late than never..! We’ve been on a 2-weekend hiatus that I mostly spent celebrating my birthday week with my incredible boyfriend who flew all the way from MD to spend time with me on our gorgeous oceanfront hotel room in Pacific Beach. We did everything from attending a Padres game, to hiking at Torrey Pines, to visiting the San Diego Zoo…not to mention ate at some delicious, exotic restaurants! Bonus: he attending yoga classes with me every morning. I’m a lucky lady 🙂
The second workshop weekend, while less physically intensive, was no less challenging than Weekend 1. We spent Saturday learning the first set of standing postures, and Sunday was restorative and Pranayama (breathing). The restorative class further affirmed my love for that style, and I am thrilled that my mentor, Jackie, specializes in restorative. Because we only had time to learn 3 restorative postures, I am inclined to get further training in this specific area after I’m done at Pilgrimage. Something for the future, perhaps? Restorative poses are a place of rest and inner calm, grounding, cooling and rejuvenation. These poses promote deep relaxation and letting go. They calm the mind/body/spirit, helping to relieve stress and fatigue. They also help relieve anxiety, depression, insomnia and headaches.
On another note, who knew breathing technique would be so (for lack of a better word) complicated? Ujjayi Pranayama is the foundation of proper yogic breathing. Ujjayi helps improve life force energy. It is said that life is measured by the number of breaths we take; thus, lengthening the breath will lengthen our life span. Ujjayi improves concentration and instills a meditative quality that maintains the rhythm of our personal practice. During our teacher-led Ujjayi exercises, I felt a bit of anxiety as a result of timing my inhales and exhales, but found this anxiety to quickly dissolve when I learned that half the class was experiencing the same thing! We were advised to stay in Stage 1 and practice that for up to 3 months until we were fully comfortable to progress to Stages 2 through 4.
Outside of workshops, I found myself embarking on a 14-day challenge (which I think I completed..? more on this later) and I FINALLY attended “yoga church” this past Sunday with Jen P. What an experience yoga church was! I was surrounded by some seasoned professionals, and while I found this to be inspiring, it was one of the most challenging classes I’ve ever taken. Even moreso than Bikram. I could try and explain what was involved–from drumming to chanting to writing our intentions down to add to an ‘altar’–but I could not do justice for what the actual experience was like. You just have to try it at least once 🙂
Headed to a meditation class in an hour, need it more than ever! Namaste ❤