At 40 years of age, I've never detoxed.
To be honest with you, I've never felt to desire to detox. Most of my 'serial' detox friends seem to either just not drink alcohol for a period of time and call it detoxing, or they don't do the research properly or have a plan and just eat Kale (and whatever else happens to be the trendy superfood of the month).
There's tea in the supermarket isle called 'Detox' tea. Surely, if I drink that, and that only, I'll be cleansed in about 2 weeks. WRONG. Firstly, I wouldn't last, and secondly, that wouldn't be good for my body at all.
I've noticed changes in my body over the last 12 months. It's like my vehicle needs a service of a different kind. I'm keeping it oiled and cool, and drive it regularly so it doesn't rust or my battery doesn't die, but that's not enough.
So tonight, I'm going to a detox discussion led by the wonderful and knowledgable Dr Natasja Fox (TM) who will be teaching us all how to detox properly and safely. A 90 minute discussion where I'll be sitting in the front row (the nerd that I am) jotting everything down everything she says in my notebook. If I could record the entire thing I would.
I'll start my detox next Monday, and I'll record my journey here on this blog. All the pain and heartache (I do love my daily coffee and chocolate SO much) and all the pleasant and interesting discoveries. Don't worry I'll leave the really personal bits out.
Very exciting. See you next week.
Check out a bit more abut Natasja Fox here
I've not had a regular GP for the past 10 years and I reckon there's a strong possibility it could be due to my regular Yoga practice.
Why do we see Yoga as an 'indulgence'?
'Today I'm gonna treat myself to a Yoga class then get a massage'. Treat myself? I've never heard 'Today I'm gonna treat myself to the treadmill'. Fitness is a necessity and Yoga is an indulgence. Sure some of us enjoy the gym, but most of us exercise because we know we must.
Many of today's illnesses are due to stress. Fact. When we practice Yoga, there's an internal focus on the breath and stillness that helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Yoga does improve our mental and physical health.
Do I think Yoga should replace our weekly fitness regime? Nope. But I certainly think some kind of meditative practice should be just as important.
So, I reckon, instead of having a weekly fitness plan, we could maybe have a 'wellbeing plan' and we could mix it up a bit.
Below is a list of classes in Melbourne (just to name a few ideas) we can incorporate into our 'wellbeing plan'.
Mix it up a bit, relax and enjoy something different. You may be pleasantly surprised at how your body responds, and how different you feel :)
The Yoga Social Team