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Why Cleanse this Spring?

I have participated in cleanses before where the requirements were to eat a bland mono diet, drink only juices for a week, or take a powder that tasted chalky and made me go to the bathroom so much that I felt like I could not leave home.  If this is your experience with cleansing, you are in luck, because this is not what I will be offering during my spring cleanse this April 11-18!

Yoga is a practice of being in touch with, observing, and shifting patterns in our lives, so that we can find and live the practices that will bring us to the vibrancy of health and well-being that we all are searching for and deserve.  There are foods and behaviors or practices that bring us into better alignment with our health and those that do not.  There are also seasonal practices that help us through the qualities of each season.  It is common to hunker down, eat heavier, warming comfort foods and add a few extra pounds in the winter.  A spring cleanse is a great way to break this pattern. Spring is the time that life is regenerated all around us, nature comes to life, so why would you not want to take time and make this same shift in yourself?  In America, we tend to keep the natural tendencies from winter all year long, not adjusting our diets, mindsets, and activity level with each season.  When we do this, we add extra weight that does not come off: leaving us feeling and being heavier, more lethargic and even a bit depressed.

Spring is the time of year to birth the ideas we contemplate all winter long.  A cleanse will offer a fresh approach to how you eat, think, move, and behave; all that adds up to making small, incremental adjustments to bring you into better alignment with a healthier lifestyle that will help you live life in a more vibrant way.  I suggest looking at the foods that cause inflammation, nervous reactivity, and depressive tendencies in the body and either eliminate or cut back on these foods for a week to give your body a break, utilizing its natural ability to detox, and giving you time to see how these foods effect your energy level and mood.  I also suggest taking a look at how well you care for yourself.  Practicing cleansing Ayurvedic techniques that you can utilize all year long, and practicing self-care for a week can be quite effective at bringing you back to your natural state of happy and healthy.  Ayurvedic practices include tongue scraping, using a netti pot, dry brushing, and body oiling for your specific constitution.  Self-care practices include participating in physical activity that brings you joy, finding good quality rest and relaxation, sleeping well in a soothing environment, and cultivating a healthy relationship with yourself, your body, and friends who honor and support you.  Taking a week to reboot can be a highly effective way to help you make the changes you already desire into your life so that you make find better balance, vitality, and happiness.  I hope you join us this season and align to a happier, healthier you!

DD Swan: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I was greatly influenced in 1969,  while still living in Memphis, Tennessee,  by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Transcendental Meditation as a path to world peace and attaining full human potential. A year later, I attended my first Hatha Yoga class at a Knights of Columbus HallContinue Reading

Margo Rosignana: Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga? After I graduated from college I moved to Taos, NM. Everyone in Taos was into an alternative lifestyle. It seemed only natural that I should discover yoga in Taos—a pretty heavy place energetically and spiritually. After my first class, I immediately bought Donna Farhi’s book Yoga Mind,Continue Reading

Identification of Self: Sans Ego

  Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If only it were that easy. The ego is something we encounter often in our yoga practice. My crow pose needs work. His chaturanga is stronger than mine. Inversions are not for me. The ego invites difference, comparison, and competition—in short, the opposite of yoga, which represents wholeness, unity, and integration. I will never forgetContinue Reading

Carolyn Pereria: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? Yoga was always a part of my life from a young age thanks to my mom who practiced. She would walk me through savasana as a child at bedtime to help relax me or taught me to breathe when upset. It wasn’t until college, however, thatContinue Reading

Mark Fruehauf: Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I found my way to yoga by a combination of looking for a low stress type of exercise and discovering in the process a powerful support for meditation practice.   It was fortunate that my first teacher offered a daily class that included a 15 minuteContinue Reading

Santosha in the New Year

Well, it’s 8° outside right now, so I guess winter has officially descended. Now is the time when many of us wonder why we live in Maine, as we wrap ourselves in layered clothing and prepare to do battle with the cold. But what if it’s this fight against winter that makes it so difficultContinue Reading

Tisha Bremner: Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I discovered yoga when I was 17 through a friend in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga.  I learned the philosophical teachings through an Indian guru, practiced Bhajans, meditation, self-study, and asana (or the poses) were a small part of the practice for me.  In many ways,Continue Reading

Todd Glacy: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I began practicing yoga 20 years ago as a form of exercise. I started out with a couple of videotapes, and then began attending various yoga classes throughout the Boston area. I found I really enjoyed and connected with the non-competitive, meditative, and ultimately spiritual aspectsContinue Reading

The Season of Giving and the Importance of Self-Care

My yoga teacher in Austin was one of the most generous, loving women I’ve ever known, so when she sat in front of class one day and confessed to us how selfish she is, we all laughed. She told us if she cut up an avocado for her family’s dinner, she always gave herself theContinue Reading