Why Go On a Detox & Yoga Retreat?
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It all started back in 1941, when naturopath Stanley Burrough –known as the “master cleanser”– created the detox lemon diet. Since then, countless of methods and programs have been developed to help people live a better life.
But, how do you know if you need a detox? Here are some signs you should pay attention to unexplained fatigue, anxiety, allergies, poor sleep quality, chronic diseases, bags under the eyes, menstrual problems and painful bowel movements, to mention some.
Have you experienced any of those? If so, fret not. The good news is that you don’t have to detox on your own, there are many yoga detox retreats where you’ll count on a specialist to guide you in the process, along with the support of daily yoga classes and a beautiful setting surrounded by nature.
Before we start, what exactly is a detox program?
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A detox program is all about helping the body activate its natural cleansing process; while the body can indeed eliminate toxins by itself through the lungs, kidneys, lymphatic system, intestines and skin, for these organs to effectively do their job they need to be in good shape.
So, unless you’re isolated living the farm life, cultivating your own food and away from all toxins, chances are that you need to help your body detoxify. What better place to do it than a detox yoga retreat?
During a detox yoga holiday, you’ll optimize your body’s natural detoxification system by resting your organs through fasting and providing your body with natural healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, juices, special teas and smoothies.
Benefits of a detox yoga retreat
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There are all kinds of detox programs out there, but why would you add yoga to them? First of all, practicing yoga on a regular basis can help your body naturally get rid of toxins. Plus, the practice on the mat is an effective way to relieve stress hormones you may have in your system.
Also, on a retreat, you’ll be provided with all the tools you need to detox, like a specific diet and a yoga routine to follow. All of it guided by professionals and a great atmosphere with like-minded people who will accompany you through this transformation process.
You can choose from raw juice and weight loss yoga retreats to weekend yoga and detox holidays or holistic detox retreats. Pick the one you find the most appealing and get ready to meet a healthier you!
Methods to detox
There are many methods to help the body eliminate toxins, here are some of the most popular:
- Tea Detox
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Perhaps one of the most trending methods to detox these days is the tea detox diet. Black and green teas are rich in antioxidants, and combined with the consumption of nutritious whole foods, you’ll have everything to boosts your body’s natural cleansing process.
And if you want to take it even further, you can combine it with a vegan detox retreat, where you’ll learn to keep a healthy diet without the need for meat or animal products.
There are many detox treatments that are based on Ayurvedic principles, two of the most common are Panchakarma and the Kitchari Cleanse.
Panchakarma means “five therapies”. So, as you can imagine, this detoxification treatment combines five therapeutic treatments which are Vamana (emesis), Virechana (purgation), Nasya (nose cleansing), Basti (enema) and Raktamoskshana (blood cleansing).
Kitchari means “mixture”. This blend usually consists of a combination of rice and beans, which is believed to help the digestive system to rest and reset.
- Cupping therapy
This is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist places special cups on the skin for a few minutes in order to create suction. Famous athletes like Michael Phelps have used it. It’s said to help with muscle relaxation, pain relief and blood flow. It’s also believed to help remove energy blockages and allow the natural energy flow.
Acupuncture is widely practiced in China and its neighboring countries. However, this form of alternative medicine has gained popularity in the western world too. It consists of needles that are inserted into several points in the body. People use it to promote the circulation of life force energy, relieve pain and improve digestion.
- Traditional Sauna
This detox method is believed to have its origins in Finland. In the past, it was considered a sterile place for childbirth, therefore, it was very common for Finnish babies to be born in a sauna. Nowadays, a traditional sauna is used to balance health problems such as hypertension, fatigue and discomfort. Since the intense heat in a sauna makes you sweat, it helps you remove toxic agents such as lactic acid, sodium and uric acid from the body.
- Gua Sha
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It comes from the Chinese word for scraping and is an ancient technique involving the repeated scraping of the skin in order to help break up any blocks and promote smooth blood circulation. It’s popular among Hollywood celebrities, just ask Elle Macpherson and Gwyneth Paltrow how much they’ve benefited from it.
>>READ MORE: Want to learn more about it? Check out this article of traditional methods to detox your body.
Tips before your retreat
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Going on a detox yoga holiday surely is a life-changing experience, so, it’s normal if you feel a bit nervous about it. But worry not! You’ll have the support of experts to help you have a pleasant transformative time.
However, if you still feel like you’re not going to be able to make it until the end of the program, you can start preparing your body and mind by gradually reducing the consumption of alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, salt, refined sugars, saturated fats and red meat (in case you use any of these).
You can also start preparing yourself for your next yoga and detox retreat by increasing the consumption of fiber, green tea, vitamin C and water. Take some time every day to practice yoga and breathing techniques, along with ensuring yourself a good night's sleep. Do this and you’ll be more than ready to join a detox yoga retreat!
Seeking for a life-changing experience? There are plenty of yoga wellness retreats waiting for you!
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