Spring Cleaning

It is that time of year again. Spring-time. It’s time for renewal. Spring cleaning. Blooming. I’m enjoying these longer days with the sun shining hot and the wind blowing cold. I’m participating in an Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat this weekend. Last night was the first class and we were given an intro to the retreat and instructions for the weekend. I had to giggle, I occasionally sign up for workshops and trainings that are a little more dedicated and serious than I perceive they will be. “Spring Cleanse and Yin Yoga, oh that sounds nice and relaxing.” Then I inevitably get a little wake-up call. “You will be eating kitchadi and taking shots of warm ghee for 4 days.” My first yoga teacher training was similar. I thought “I’m not sure if I want to be a teacher, but a yoga vacation sure sounds nice.” Then Baron proceeded to kick my ass and wring me out for 8 days. He said, “This is not a yoga vacation. This is a bootcamp.” Oops.

Anywho, I’m excited about this workshop even if I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. Isn’t it funny how we sometimes have to kid ourselves in that way? How we skirt over the details and total truth of a situation and wonder how we got there. Something about me wanted to sign up for this workshop, my first teacher training, and I’m sure many other challenging or different-than-expected situations I end up in. I always end up without regrets too. I suppose the jump-in attitude is a positive thing, most of the time.

My intention is to enjoy a little more nourishing time for myself this weekend. I’m looking forward to meditation and yin yoga rather than the active life I normally live. It will be interesting to explore how much of my eating is mental rather than physical. I’m also looking forward to learning more about Ayurveda, the 5000 year old ancient Indian nutritional system that is the sister practice to yoga. The cleanse focuses on eating kitchadi, which is basically lentils and rice with spices. It is considered a very nourishing, healing and cleansing meal. Holly, one of our retreat leaders, outlined four eating plans for us to choose from, eating kitchadi only for all meals, or adding in some variations with vegetables, whole grains, and protien if you feel you need it. Our largest meal of the day should be lunch.

The schedule looks like this:

Thursday, March 11 – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Introduction and cleanse review; pick up kitchadi
Friday, March 12 – 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Yin yoga, Ayurvedic workshop
Saturday, March 13 – 9 – 1 p.m. Walking meditation, Yin yoga, Ayurvedic cooking demo & lunch
Sunday, March 14 – 2 – 4:30 p.m. Yin Yoga, Ayurvedic workshop

Change is in the air. I hope you are finding a way to enjoy a little renewal as I am this season. Maybe cleaning your body, your home, your relationships, or just enjoy a little rest if your body is asking for it. It’s time to lighten up, enjoy the longer days, and start to shake off the winter blahs.

Later, I would like to update on a few projects I’ve mentioned on this blog that I haven’t discussed in a while including the splits challenge from last year and my weight loss challenge I started this year.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~Robin Williams

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