Combining yoga and detox on a retreat can give us just the fresh mind set we are looking for.
More often than not these days our bodies are temples of toxins.
Processed foods, carbonated drinks, stress, western medicine drugs..the list goes on.
And dependent on our lifestyle ... coffee, alcohol and maybe even smoking.
All these can compound and cause other problems.
Lack of sleep, poor sleep, digestion problems, fatigue, getting sick easily.
Very few of us live balanced lives in body and mind. That's not an easy task in this day and age.
So even without issues like the above we all benefit from the opportunity to hit that reset button once in a while.
Detoxification involves resting and cleansing the body. The body eliminates toxins naturally given the opportunity.
This cleansing takes place by removing impurities from the blood in the liver.
The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.
When our system is out of balance or over the natural course of time toxins build up in the body.
A detox cleanse retreat rids our bodies of these toxins.
A detox program is a time of a reduction and change in our food consumption, or stopping consuming solid food (fasting) altogether for a few days.
There are different approaches open to you for a Detox Holiday.
The way to describe them would be that some are lighter and easier on the system.
Others can be more demanding in the detox program and what is required.
Here's the breakdown
1. Eating well and small ... vegan and raw food cleanse retreats, with vegetable and fruit.
2. Juice fast cleansing where the only consumption is fresh vegetable & fruit juices and water(plus the odd coconut)
3. Water detox cleansing where the only consumption is water, the odd wheatgrass shot and a vegetable juice or two a day.
All approaches rest the organs through fasting and stimulate the liver to eliminate toxins.
Many detox cleanse retreats include colonic hydrotherapy treatments.
These can be DIY in the form of a colema or a nurse administered colon hydrotherapy.
Both can be a little intimidating at first but have enormous benefits to the body and the detoxification process.
The opportunity to clean your colon and start with a fresh system inside is incredible.
There are many reasons people find themselves on a detox.
The detoxification process is a way of cleaning the body and mind.
It can aid clearing the body of western medicines as part of long term recovery from illness.
It has also been shown to be very effective in resolving skin ailments, allergies and infections.
Elimination of sugar and candida from the body is a very common reason too.
Because it's a time when we stop our normal behaviour the break in our normal routine can be useful for lots of reasons.
It can bring a stop to a stressful period of our lives and instigate change and a new path.
It even gives the space with the mind body change to start abstaining from sugar, coffee and anything else.
The most effective use is preventative, there is so much sense in periodically giving the body a rest and clean.
It keeps us in good health and balance and can avoid health issues compounding and complicating.
Of course weight loss comes with not eating much or anything at all.
A rule of thumb is that you will lose half a kilo a day.
But be careful afterwards, a careful reintroduction of food groups allows the body to keep the weight loss.
In the case of juice cleansing you need to alter the number and type of juices you have to match your weight goals.
Fruit juices have a lot of sugar in them compared to vegetable juices, as do coconuts compared to water.
The retreat center will advise you on further details.
One of the biggest mistakes is to book a week detox program and the day before and after be in your normal routine at home.
It is just as important what you consume in the days before and after a detox. It may even be more important.
A great tip is to book a two week stay for a one week detox.
Spend a few days before on a pre-cleanse, preparing the body for detox by eating raw food and not consuming
coffee, carbonated drinks and the like.
Imagine that our bodies from everyday life are like a tight ball. That goes for our emotions too.
Pre-cleansing relaxes the organs and prepares them for detoxification. There is an enormous benefit here to the process.
Afterwards you need to take care to reintroduce food groups slowly and carefully for your body's good health.
That's why some days spent afterwards taking care of yourself makes sense.
The detox center will have detailed information for you about how to reintroduce foods.
We don't all have the time but a perfect approach would be
- one week pre-cleanse
- one week detox
- one week post-cleanse
Your mind and body will thank you.
These luxury centers are just the place to take some time out and relax.
Offering the full array of supervised detox programs ranging from light eating to juice fasting.
And with modern gym, studio, fitness and spa facilities to take part in all your other activities.
And being luxury, you have the comfort of beautiful surroundings, gorgeous pools, comfortable accommodation and lovely spa treatments.
1. Bagus Jati, Ubud, Bali
Traditional approach with a focus on purification, Ayurveda & healing. This luxury center offers programs which will rejuvenate and refresh in the middle of the most serene rainforest surroundings.
2. Adiwana Resort Jembawan, Ubud in Bali
Relieve the stress and rejuvenate the mind and body at this incredible venue. Make the most of the incredible spa treatments too.
Feel energised by the journey of renewal supported by professional health consultants.
This authentic center takes a holistic approach for healing and change.
Professionally run weight loss & detox programs with yoga and meditation are the core elements.
The Ayusha Wellness Spa provides spring water colonic hydrotherapy, mineral infusions and a fabulous spa menu.
4. Blue Karma Resort & Villa, Ubud and Seminyak, Bali
Immerse yourself in mindfulness and your yoga practice in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy cold pressed juices and a lovely health food menu. Feel energized by the journey of renewal supported by professional health consultants.
7. Zen Resort, Overlooking quiet beach area in Northern Bali
A spa resort for Ayurvedic purification, weight loss, stress release, spa treatments and scuba diving.