Want Discipline? Cleanse.

 In Audience Participation, Why Are We Here?, Yoga Sutras

Discipline. Throughout my day I am disciplining my children, reminding them to make “good” choices and reprimanding the “bad”.  I discipline my dog, deciding the appropriate times for him to eat, to play and to go potty.  Yet, over the last couple of months I have started taking a deeper look at myself (a yogini’s continual path of self-study is referred to as “svadhyaya”) and have begun to wonder if I am practicing the same discipline I so easily hand to others.  To test this theory I am embarking on an eight day Ayurvedic (Ayurveda translates to mean the knowledge of long life; derived from the Sanskrit words “ayus” or life and “veda”or knowledge) Cleanse.  Eight days to test my will, drive and discipline to stick it out and see this challenge through to the end.

I’ll admit I have never done a cleanse before as I have always believed it would be too hard of an undertaking for me.  Yet, after a friend did this cleanse about a year ago my interest was piqued as I wondered if I could take this daunting task on myself.

My intention is to write about my cleanse adventure here in my blog.  Writing is a cathartic experience for me, allowing me to share the good, making me accountable for the bad, while also providing me an outlet to get through the ugly.  I can tell you in Day One, the good is easily the Abhyanga self-massage, the bad is walking by my children’s Halloween candy and not being able to indulge, while the ugly is eating the ghee.

Please feel free to share with me if you have any tips or hints that can benefit me as I take this excitingly intimidating challenge head on.

~The divine in me salutes the divine in you, Namaste~

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  • Cathy Lortie

    I’ve never done an Ayurvedic cleanse, but I have done Baron Baptiste’s 3 Day Fruit Fast. It was challenging, and I have to say I enjoyed it enough that I stretched it to 5 days. I felt lighter and clearer and will definitely do it again.

    Good luck to you!

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