A detox is a process that is best done at the change of seasons to allow the body and mind to release. What is released? You could think of toxins as undigested food and undigested emotions and unprocessed sensory stimulation. I think of toxins as anything that is in the body or mind that blocks a higher level of natural efficiency and communication. Detox is a process that accelerates digestion, cellularly and subtly, of toxins. The result is the feeling of being relieved of a burden and refreshed on your focus forward, with the habits to maintain your positive momentum.
When the seasons change, in the spring and fall, change is in the air. When your ride the winds of change, you have power at your back and under your wings. This is a big help when it comes to healing faster and developing new personal powers. You can get a lift. And, if you’re experienced, you can soar to greater heights.
What if you ignore the turn of the tide that happens around the major change of seasons, from hot to cold or cold to hot? When you ignore the impulse to make a change, maybe even a big change, with the change of seasons, you lock in any imbalances or issues that were building in the last seasons. Over time, this doesn’t allow the body and mind to function with efficiency – as the past ways down the future. Detox is a time to reckon the past issues – and start afresh in the next season. This is a natural seasonal process and a core competency of the time-tested rituals of longevity from Ayurveda.
Detox clears away the distraction, clarifies the vision for your life, and evolves your habits fast. The Simple Detox way guides you into the habits to build your momentum as you transition into your upgraded version of normal life. Smarter, and with the core competencies on how to detox.
That is the power of detox, momentum, and the change of seasons. Detox is a positive stressor. Positive stressors are longevity habits. Detox is best done twice a year at the most obvious seasonal junctures – like wet to dry or warm to cold and vice versa.
“This was a wonderful course! I made several changes to my daily routine – including substituting mushroom coffee for the usual cup of joe.”
“I enjoyed the detox course. Although life was super busy when I started, having the freedom to create my own detox made it doable. Practicing no snacking, not eating after 6, and drinking hot water was very beneficial.”
As a global community we do a great leap forward in April and October, every year. You’ll hydrate, rest, and rejuvenate. It’s easy. It’s effective. And you’ll learn the detox skill for life.
Join us, and you will guide your body into your natural rhythm. You’ll release what is holding you down and holding you back.
Drop the pounds. Feel light. Clear your head. Wake up feeling good and ready for the day.
We’ll get you focused, ambitious, and fulfilled on your next life goals.
Detox your cells so you aren’t carrying toxins. Look younger and healthier.
Playing more. Enjoying core relationships more
Detoxing, no matter how simple, is always better together.
Until you’re experienced, detoxing on your own is hard. Until you have built the detoxed lifestyle into your reality… it’s harder, and less effective, to go it alone.
I’ve built community momentum from 20 years of leading the April and October Yogidetox. It’s our big annual community event. Rather than wonder what it’s like, come join us. There is a reason our members and course mentors keep coming back.ox. Join… and ride the wave of The Simple Diet.
My goal is to guide you into an experience where your body can release and remove internal junk that is better outside of you.
You’ll get a lifetime of how-to detox wisdom through a simple straightforward, guided journey into your 21-day detox.
Our members return for the body wisdom, and because it gets them to do their damn spring cleanse already. Commitment builds momentum.
“Cate Stillman expertly distills the time-tested and often complex wisdom of Ayurveda to provide succinct tools and practical daily habits to help modern humans experience extraordinary health–this is the next frontier of Ayurveda.”
With each seasonal detox you should evolve. Your habits, your nutrition, your intuition, your vision, your body wisdom.
Feeling good is our natural state.
Coming home to feeling good is our goal, and our method.
You’ve probably heard the difference between positive stress and negative stress? Similar to positive and negative energy – you know what it is without thinking about it. Exercise, breathing exercises, fasting, setting goals, and pressuring yourself into smart sleeping patterns are positive stressors. They make you healthier and feel good.
Negative stressors – like overeating, sedentary living, worry … make you unhealthier and feel bad.
What is a positive stressor, then?
Positive stressors are the key to success.
Positive stressors – or eustress versus distress- motivate and focus energy, are short-term, feel exciting and improve performance.
Positive stressors are good for your long game, and in your short game, keep you on target. Doing hard things first. When you do the hard thing first – hydration, exercise, intermittent fasting, going to bed early enough so you wake early… when you build your habits on positive stressors – the rest of life gets easier. Timing is everything. Choosing to live in alignment with time, through choosing positive stressors, creates longevity and exquisite ease with aging. Aging isn’t designed to be painful. That is where detox fits in.
When you choose positive stressors regularly you refine your body and mind. Refined, you are more aware that there is an underlying rhythm that organizes time. When you choose to do the hard things that organize yourself in time, you become both stronger and more relaxed, and focused.
Detoxing is a positive stressor. The time it’s easiest to detox? The change of seasons. It’s the easiest time to dump off what your body and mind don’t want to keep from last season. Detox becomes a seasonal habit. You enter the next season refreshed, with smarter habits and a renewed, refine sense of purpose. . That is why we detox together, as a global learning community, live every April and October.
We know you are busy. We know for you to feel better fast this better be easy, doable and enjoyable.
Here is what we know works for our members.
When seasons change in spring and fall a window opens. Appetite and digestion shift. The body naturally prepares to release any imbalances from the prior season before the next stable weather pattern begins.
Spring and fall are always a bit unpredictable. The changing in the air affects us, cellularly. When we pay attention and heed the call to dump any accumulations from our cells… we are stoked we listened.
The body wisdom you will gain with each seasonal detox matures you as a human being and awakens you to the power of your sophisticated and subtle human technology.
The seasonal shifts – in the spring and fall – are opportunities for rapid lasting change. Once this window closes, whatever pattern is occurring becomes embedded into the next season. You don’t want to live in your pajamas. Seasonal detox lets you choose your next outfit.. from the inside out. From your mindset to your vision to your nutrition to your fitness to your sleep habits.
Once you get the hang of it… you’re stoked you built the habit. You’ll age much smarter, from the inside out.
If you are not in the habit, yet, of detoxing twice a year – in the spring and fall, you figure out pretty fast why you’ll want that habit.
You have to do it to get it. Like most things worth “getting” in life.
We are designed for elegance in aging. Detox is a core positive stressor that reclaims your power.
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A: The Yogidetox focuses on adding in nutrients, enzymes and prana through green vegetables, fruits, sprouts, spices, nuts and seeds primarily. Some people will also use grains and legumes. Your intuition will become awakened through the course focus steering you towards these foods in the right quantity and diversity for your constitution.
The Yogidetox is unique to each member, depending on your experience and your goals. The course awakens the part of yourself that knows better (smart self or higher self). You naturally end up eliminating that which is no longer serving you or keeping you stuck in old patterns. Frequently, connections are made between mental patterns, emotional patterns and cravings.
The Yogidetox attunes you to seasonal eating so as you emerge, you crave that which is seasonal, local, and good for your constitution. You peel the layers (physical, mental, emotional) away and awaken to more vitality on all levels. The desire to keep your body clear and open is natural.
A: Yes. There are three recipe packets: pre-cleanse recipes, deep cleanse recipes, and recipes for emerging from the cleanse. These packets offer plenty of options, ideas, and choices. I recommend that you use only a few of the recipes and simplify your food choices during the cleanse. Please experiment and create new recipes using your own combinations of the cleanse foods.
A: It depends. There are 5 different cleanses to choose from that vary from liquids to heavier whole foods.
You will receive an online recipe book when you sign up.
There are plenty of options, ideas, and choices. It’s not a one-size fit’s all experience.
I recommend that you use only a few of the recipes and simplify your food choices during the cleanse. Please experiment and create new recipes using your own combinations of the cleanse foods.
The Yogidetox is not only about food, it’s much more about awakening your intuition to evolve your food body. For someone who is currently eating processed foods, the Yogidetox will be a transition from processed foods (foods in boxes, cartons, frozen, or canned) to meals including whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, sprouts and whole cooked grains.
For those who regularly eat a whole foods diet, the cleanse might incorporate more living foods. Living foods are not heated above 115 degrees, the temperature at which enzymes die. An example of a living foods daily menu might include a green smoothie for breakfast, a salad at lunch, and a raw soup for dinner. A living foods diet incorporates leafy greens or straight chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is what makes leafy greens green and provides healthy oxygenation and detoxification.
The Yogidetox for those already eating a living foods diet would include a juice fast for 7-14 days. Juice fasts help bodies to refine and adjust to the next season. For example, transitioning from fall into winter.
Many of us incorporate a mix of foods in our diets and so the cleanse will reflect that. For all of us, the cleanse is a time to refine or refresh our kitchens, our kitchen practices or sadhana, and our routines around our food body.
A: In addition to mindful and intuitive eating, the cleanse involves taking retreat in your home and in your daily life. Many people wish they could stop working or have fewer of their normal responsibilities during the cleanse.
The Yogidetox views our daily lives and work lives as gifts. Learning to retreat within the busy-ness of life and the change of seasons will instill a life-changing upgrade for the season to come and your entire lifetime! This is achieved through incorporating daily self-care techniques that detoxify the body and nourish and nurture the soul. These skills will last and enhance for a lifetime.
A: The cleanse is different for each person. Some will do a mix of juicing and fasting. Others will eat a simple whole foods diet of green, root, and shoot salads, nori wraps, smoothies, and teas.
A: You don’t need a juicer, but juicing is a great option. Try borrowing a juicer from a friend, and see if you like it. Juicers I recommend for purchase are the Breville Juice fountain ($100-200) or the Omega juicers ($300+).
I use a blender more than a juicer when I detox. I like the Vitamix.
A: Many people have lost weight during the Yogidetox and not struggled with cravings due to the huge emphasis on better self-care rituals and daily habits that we learn in the Yogidetox. The emphasis isn’t on weightloss – it’s on self-care and reconnecting with intuition with our cells to make choices in sync with our higher nature.
A: What I hear the most is, “Everything gets better!” This is due to the systemic nature of toxins (ama) that creates dis-ease, low energy, and inner body confusion/stress. The anti-inflammatory nature of the Yogidetox coupled with the lymphatic cleansing clears out joint pain and mucus. For those who cleanse 10-15 days, your skin and eyes will tend to clear and glow.
A: Many! Increased energy, better sleep, stress reduction, lifelong self-care practices, and more! The most common feedback I receive from past Yogidetox clients is a higher level of understanding of how to take care of and heal their own bodies in ways they can share with their families and loved ones. These are skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. These fundamental practices are part of the traditional Ayurvedic routine or dinacharya. We take time during the cleanse to learn these practices and they simply become a part of daily life.
A: Maybe! (laughter) And don’t let that deter you. For a period of time during the cleanse, you will experience natural energy in addition to resting and rejuvenating your adrenal glands and our kidneys. Cleansing often reduces or completely removes the craving for caffeine. Cleansing almost always creates new respect for the body’s ability to create its own natural energy without any side effects or reliance on a stimulant. It is rare for a person to return to normal consumption of caffeine after cleansing.
A: All pregnant and postpartum women are guided to do a rejuvenation instead of a detox. It’s built into the Yogidetox program, as I know many prenatal and postpartum women who have greatly benefit by taking 3 weeks to focus on diet, self-care, and better household routines.
A: Some people have more energy and exercise more than normal during the cleanse. This is typical of Kapha body types. Vata types generally find they are drawn to more nourishing activities like walking and yoga. Pittas may go either way, though in general, their drive keeps them quite active. I generally find that cleansing initiates a more reflective quality of the mind and the desire to train hard is replaced by a desire to simply be. Most people who have a race after a cleanse find themselves strong and ready despite having trained less during the cleanse. This would be due to having less ama in their body and mind, and being more in the zone and more deeply nourished for the task at hand.
A: Most people save money during the cleanse because the cost of whole foods is generally less than that of pre-packaged foods.
Those choosing the juice fast may spend considerably more, due to the large quantities of fresh vegetables required. You can get everything locally, with an option to mail order some herbs for me. I also encourage harvesting wild foods including unsprayed dandelion greens. I generally consume free local greens when I cleanse.
A: It can be if that is what you are looking for. If it’s not what you’re looking for – then you’ll fit into the category of most of the people in the Yogidetox. If your intuition is leading your body into a raw food cleanse, then your cleanse foods will be a mix of vegetable juices, green smoothies, green juices, raw salads, fruits, and sprouts.
Pre-cleanse and post-cleanse weeks may also include some nuts and seeds, particularly chia and flax seeds. Other options include a traditional Ayurvedic kitchari (rice and mung bean stew) cleanse with additional recipes for cooked foods during the pre- and post-cleanse weeks.
A: No, especially if you invest your attention in what we’re doing in the course.
You’ll create time to align your body, your habits, and your rhythms.
I’ll encourage you to follow your intuition and point your awareness into self-care and nourishing practices that will enhance and support the food aspect of the cleanse.
Your natural desire to choose the right foods and recipes will get stronger as you enter the cleanse. Also, rely on the support of weekly calls, the online forum, and assistance from myself and the Yogidetox mentors.
The main purpose of the Yogidetox is to simply awaken your intuition regarding self-care, food, and daily routines so that you can raise the consciousness of the cells of your body to the next level of your potential.
A: These calls are recorded. You can access them in the members’ course hub, listen online or download and listen in your own time.
A: Once you are registered, you can let us know when you want to begin. You will then receive your lessons based on your schedule.
A: I’m very skillful in building a field of energy around my courses than transcends the space between us. If you are active in the course, you will feel the connection and transmission and it will bolster your connection in your body to a new level. You’ll also feel like you know me because you will. 🙂
A: Yes! You’ll learn about your constitution (doshas), your digestion (agni), your immune system (ojas) and more.
Many yoga students and teachers get fired up about all they learn from Cate’s lectures, videos and guest speakers in the Yogidetox. The yoga classes in the Yogidetox are packed with practical Ayurvedic wisdom.
A: Yes. You will receive guided meditations to play at your convenience.
Members are also strongly encouraged to meditate first thing in the morning or just before bed for at least 5-10 minutes, depending on your routine. Meditation assists in drawing energy inward as well as creating a time of assimilation.
Cleansing takes great energy, it uses Shakti. Inward focus is critical during cleansing in order to give the body time to understand and adjust to changes. When our energy is constantly extroverted, we feel irritable, frustrated, grumpy, bitchy, etc. Creating even just a few minutes a day for self-care and meditation acts as a reset button, allowing the cleansing effects of the day to sink deeper into the cells.
It introverts our awareness and awakens a new depth of detoxification, integration, and healing. Meditation can also calm the fears, anxieties, and worries around food cravings, changes in daily routines, and expectations for the future. It also alleviates depression.
A: Yes, Detox will help. In the guest speakers in the Yogidetox is an interview with Kevin Reese, of eatthesunshine.com. Kevin tells his story from being an obese, sugar-addicted smoker to giving up his outdated habits. This is a common story with detoxing. When your cells are detoxed, they are happy, and they emit cravings for that which is healthy. Unhealthy cells crave unhealthy substances. The detox is an opportunity to let go of outdated patterns.
For smokers looking to detox, instead of just trying to quit, and putting a lot of strain on your system, I’ll invite you to simply start adding in better self-care habits. This way the outdated habits will dissipate on their own, without provoking a war.
You are on the right track. The key is in learning the self-care of detox, which I teach in the Yogidetox.
A: Yes. Although you need to stay on your medication unless your doctor gives you permission otherwise. You might find there is much power in taking a very proactive approach and perhaps even life-changing approach to your health while maintaining your medication and cleansing.
A: In a perfect world, we would all go away on a retreat to deeply cleanse and release all responsibility. In tailoring the cleanse I assume most of us will keep working, and some of us have children or parents that come first. I give you timesaving tips to maximize your alone time. While it is common to experience dips and high points during the cleanse, the end result is an increase in energy.
A: Yes. I do not recommend having a competition during the cleanse because one of the purposes of cleansing is to move energy internally rather than externally. However, normal physical activity can be a part of the cleanse and a lightened training schedule is also appropriate. Many people who have cleansed with living foods, green foods, and high pranic foods experience the efficiency of performance. The body is able to eliminate toxins and increase nutrient absorption and energy production during the cleanse. This creates overall increased efficiency in all activities. These same benefits will apply to post-cleanse competitions.
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