Practice last week was a little tough. I've just been feeling sort of achy and not myself. Granted, I'm still not completely over this summer cold, although I'd say it's about 90% gone. I've also put on a couple of pounds and I'm sure that's not helping, either. It amazes me how just two or three pounds can take away my ability to bind in Marichyasana C and half of B. (Let's not even discuss D.) Blech!
So I know what I have to do: recharge and refocus. One way I plan to get there is by doing a 5-day cleanse with my hubby. The cleanse is one I adapted from Kino's new book, "The Power of Ashtanga Yoga". In her book, Kino outlines an 8-day cleanse. However, since I've never done even a 1-day version, I figured 5 days was ambitious enough. Here's my plan:
- Day 1 - fruits, vegetables, grains
- Day 2 - fruits, vegetables
- Day 3 - fruits
- Day 4 - (fast) fruit juice only
- Day 5 - fruits, vegetables
Another motivator for doing this cleanse is because I suffered through a fair deal of stress last week. (Can you say emotional eating?) My routine mammogram showed an abnormality that required further testing. That was scary enough but when I got to the ultrasound exam, the screen clearly showed a black mass in the otherwise whitish-grey tissue. When the tech started measuring it, I got really terrified. It turns out it was just a cyst (thank God!), but for a solid half-hour there while I waited for the radiologist, I was convinced I had breast cancer. I feel such immense gratitude that I wanted to do something really special to celebrate. This cleanse seems like the perfect way to do that, don't you agree?