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Community cleanse



By Callie Stolz Santosha Wellness Center
Spring is in the air! This is a time to rejuvenate, refresh and renew.
Santosha Wellness Center is hosting a seven- or 14-day whole foods cleanse in early May for the community. This is not about starvation and deprivation; it’s about a healthy detox, eating whole foods and being good to yourself. It’s an opportunity to reboot and reset your digestive system.
Around here we often call the spring “mud season,” whereas in an Ayurvedic perspective – which is a system of traditional Indian medicine and holistic healing – it’s called the Kapha season. Spring has qualities of earth and water, as does the Kapha dosha – one of three bodily humors that make up one’s constitution, according to Ayurveda.
This is a time in which the world around us begins to thaw from winter. Just as the Earth tends to hold onto a bit more water during this time, so do our bodies. We tend to have excess mucus in our respiratory and digestive tracks, and may end up getting wet colds or have allergies during this season.
Ayurveda’s answer to this is to detoxify our bodies. By shifting our diets with the season, eating drier and lighter foods, we naturally begin the detoxification process. Our bodies are built to detoxify us every day; however, as our world becomes more processed and toxic and our stress levels rise, it’s increasingly difficult for our bodies to do the necessary work. As toxins build up, we become susceptible to a depressed immune system and disease.
An effort in spring cleaning can be a great way to work towards a healthy, happier you. You can do this by consciously eating whole foods and Ayurvedic cleansing foods, as well as taking certain herbs to reboot your digestive system, release addictions and unhealthy patterns, and start fresh.
Callie Stolz, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, will be leading a two-week community cleanse beginning on May 1. There will be an opportunity to do just the first or second week, or both. Stolz will offer yoga detox classes daily in combination with the cleanse, which will aid the process.
Find out more about the basic principles of Ayurveda and cleansing during Santosha’s Awareness Wednesday seminars April 10 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit, email or call (406) 993-2510.

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