9 DAY DETOX BASED ON AYURVEDA

THE PROGRAMME

The Detox consists of the following:(Please click on any of the bold headings for more details)

WHY DETOX?

Ayurveda is the Science or knowledge of Life. The word comes from Ayus meaning life and Veda meaning Knowledge, Science or Wisdom. It is defined by the World Health Organisation as
‘the world’s most ancient, scientific, holistic and complete system of healthcare.’ [WHO]
The wonderful thing about Ayurveda is that it excels in its preventative capacity. It provides us with many ways to maintain our health and strengthen our immunity. If we run into difficulties and get ill, Ayurveda addresses the root of the illness rather than treating only the symptoms.

One of the cornerstones of Ayurveda is detoxing. It is vital to service our cars regularly to keep them running efficiently. Similarly, it makes sense to regularly clear out accumulated toxins from our bodies and minds so that we can experience optimum health and vitality. Ayurveda recommends detoxing at least twice a year, specifically as the season changes, ideally coming into Spring and Autumn. Our bodies have a natural ability to detoxify. Today, however, we are surrounded by more environmental toxins than ever before. In addition, our nervous systems are constantly taxed. This in turn impacts our digestive capacity and when digestion is weakened, our ability to naturally detox is weakened. Toxins can then accumulate – usually in the fat cells but can also lodge in the brain tissue.

Toxins may originate from a variety of sources – for example, chemicals in our skincare and household products, pollutants and heavy metals in the environment, additives and pesticides in our food, medications, etc. Toxins may also originate internally, e.g., stress, negative thoughts and beliefs, emotions such as grief, etc. In Ayurveda, the term Ama is used to describe toxins. If the digestion is in any way compromised, Ama can build within the system, creating blockages that can result in a variety of illnesses and diseases.

Is it time for a detox? If you experience any of the following symptoms, consider detoxing:

  • Fatigue
  • Digestive issues
  • Food Cravings
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal issues
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Joint pain/Stiffness

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DETOX STRUCTURE

This detox consists of 9 consecutive days in total:

  • 3 days preparation where you cut out certain foods and take 2 infrared saunas
  • 3 main days of detoxing (when you will have Ayurvedic treatments and ideally 3 infrared saunas)
  • 3 days when you slowly re-introduce foods

Every day during these 9 days, we recommend you:

  • Tongue Scrape (Stainless steel scrapers are available at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin)
  • Oil Pull (Using Sesame oil included in your detox food kit)
  • Do gentle restorative yoga postures, breathwork, meditation and relaxation

3 DAYS PREPARATION

  • No meat, fish, eggs, dairy, caffeine, sugar, refined/processed foods
  • 2 Infra-red saunas during these 3 days to initiate the detox process

3 MAIN DAYS OF DETOXING

Day 1: (Internal Oleation – take Ghee internally on an empty stomach in morning and then leave 30 mins before taking any other food/drink)

  • Self-massage with sesame oil (leave on for 20 mins min) followed by a bath/shower
  • Treatment: a.m.: Nasya (Medicated oil administered to nostrils-30 mins)
  • p.m.: Infrared sauna

Day 2: (Internal Oleation as above)

  • Self-massage + bath/shower
  • Treatment: a.m. Shirodhara (Continuous stream of oil on the forehead (approx. 30 mins – 60 mins)
  • p.m.: Infrared sauna (If this doesn’t suit your schedule, you can take this sauna in the preparation phase)

Day 3: (Internal Oleation as above)

  • Treatment: Full Body Ayurvedic Massage (approx. 90 mins) + Infrared sauna directly afterwards
  • p.m.: Take castor oil at home to flush out toxins

3 DAYS SLOWLY REINTRODUCING REGULAR FOODS

  • No meat, fish, eggs, dairy, caffeine, sugar, refined/processed foods, heavy foods

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DETOX FOOD KIT

Your detox food kit includes all the ingredients you need for your three main days of detoxing.

The goal is to boost your Agni or Digestive strength during this time, as well as reduce Ama (toxins). When we stick to a mono-diet of kitchari for even three days, we give our digestive system a break, which then kindles our Agni and enables our system to burn toxins. A simple recipe is provided to make your kitchari (this is a very nourishing, well balanced meal that is easy on the digestive system. During the three main days of the detox, you will ideally have this meal three times a day. It needs to be made fresh each morning and can then be used for that day. Take the largest portion at lunchtime when your digestion is strongest. If you find this too much, you can substitute organic stewed apple for breakfast instead.)

Ghee is a key component of this detox. In general, it increases Agni but daily internal oleation with increasing doses of ghee (taken first thing on an empty stomach) has the capacity to dissolve fat-soluble toxins and bring them to the alimentary tract for elimination through purgation treatment.

Warm water, herbal teas & detox tea (recipe included in kit) can be sipped during the day.

Detox Food Kit ingredients:

  • Sesame oil (For oil pulling and self-massage)
  • Ghee
  • Mung Beans
  • White Basmati rice
  • Turmeric
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Ajwain seeds
  • Asafoetida
  • Coriander, Cumin and Fennel seed mix (to make detox tea)
  • Triphala (Take each night of main detox)
  • Castor oil (Take only on last night of detox)

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DETOX OPTIONS AND PRICING

Option A: €575

  • Ayurvedic consultation
  • Detox food kit & Simple kitchari/detox tea recipes
  • 5 x Infrared saunas
  • 3 x ayurvedic treatments (ideally on three consecutive days)
  • 5 x Detox Yoga & Breathing sessions (individual tuition within a group class – these 5 classes must be taken during the 9 days)

Option B (For those who have already had a consultation with Paula): €495

  • Detox food & Simple kitchari and detox tea recipes
  • 5 x Infrared saunas
  • 3 x ayurvedic treatments (ideally on three consecutive days)
  • 5 x Detox Yoga & Breathing sessions (individual tuition within the group class)

PLEASE NOTE

  • If you choose not to include yoga in your detox package, deduct €50 from the total price.
  • If you choose not to include Infrared saunas in your detox package, deduct €75 from the total.

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