Be fearless: Fall Cleanse Q+A

Q+A with Ayurvedic Practicioner Kameko Shibata

Why cleanse in the fall? 

The theme of this cleanse is nourishment! Summer is fun, hot, dry and full of play. All the can leave up feeling pretty depleted in the fall. The dry and windy nature of Fall is deeply taxing for the skin, joints, nerves and adrenals. In Ayurveda, Indian classical medicine, we practice gentle detoxifying practices and then nourish and rebuild our tissues. It’s also a great time re-set from summer. Fall can be irregular- weather is hot then cold, schedules shift, so it is the perfect time to create more regular and balanced routines.

Will I be eating only cabbage for a week?

No, that would be boring and likely to give you gas.

What will I be eating?

Red lentils, or moong beans, quinoa, non-soy miso soup, cooked greens, cilantro, medicinal pesto, AVOCADO, fruit on its own.

What won’t I be having?

Alcohol, refined sugars, caffeine, meat, excess social media.

Is it all about food?

No, thank you for asking. Food is part of it, but cleansing is an ancient Ayurvedic art, that includes the mental and emotions systems as well as the physical body. You will be asked to do a guided daily meditation and pranayama practice to sooth the nervous system. You will be asked to practice self care- oilinate your skin and use a neti pot. You will be asked to journal/reflect on your patterns and emotions related to food, stimulants and self-care. This cleanse is a holistic experience!

Is this a fad diet?

No, Ayurveda is a lifestyle. Most yogis/ayurvedic practitioners/ spiritual followers, abstain from sugars, caffeine, alcohol, gluten most if not all of the time. I hope you find the food to be delicious and cleansing, and the self-care practices to be something you will continue to use over time. It can just be nice to have some quick-start support, which is what the cleanse does.

Will I be fasting?

Nope, its healthier to keep the digestive system working at a slower reduced rate than to suddenly shut it off altogether. There is an option to only take liquids (miso, broth, soups, juice) for one day, but I only recommend that to more kapha/pitta clients, or if you have the day off. No major work deadlines on juice!

Will I lose weight?

Depends on how different this diet is to your normal diet. The goal is not to lose weight, this is an opportunity to cleanse and relax the system not lose weight. if you struggle with weight what this cleanse offers is an opportunity to cut back on unhealthy habits to notice where you have patterns and attachments to food. Going forward you might not choose to use so many foods/substances that trigger you.

Will it be hard?

The first 3 days are usually the hardest especially if you are cutting out caffeine and sugar for the first time in awhile. those affect our endorphin levels and we feel bummed without them. After about 3 days your body normalizes and you no longer feel so cravey and dependent of substances. This is why its nice to do it with the support of a group. We can email each other-like “damn I was crabby, but now I’m feeling better”

Will I levitate?

Not likely, although if you fast you might fall over . But it could happen. I do believe in possibilities!

What if I miss a meeting?

The final meeting is not a big deal, its just a post fun celebration. If you need to miss the main first meeting email me, I maybe able to phone/email chat with you to get you up to speed.

What if I need to cheat on Wednesday?

Do it with grace! Choose your poison.

What if I’m raw..gluten free…vegan etc?

Email me before it starts we can work around it. The cleanse is already gluten free and vegan (although you have the option of ghee) Raw is a little harder, as ayurveda is all about cooked , simple,warm and easy to digest foods, but it would be a fun challenge.

What will I tell my friends?

That you are taking a week to reset your digestive system, and balance your mental and emotional health to come out of summer feeling grounded and nourished. Ask them to join you. Tell them you are taking responsibility for your own health.

What will I feed my kids?

This maybe the hardest one. Try to have some things pre-made for them. Kids may not like lentils, but the veggie pesto, fresh fruits, miso soup you can often get them to go for. Explain what you are doing so they feel included and interested. Try not to yell at them in the first 3 days!

basil-829776_640 *Go to Hydration Pesto Recipe:  blend like regular pesto in a food processor adding oil as you go. You can add water to thin it out but you must eat it within 3 days if you use water. Use this pesto as a dip w/ veggies or a smear for wraps or thin it out w/ extra olive oil or water for a dressing.

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch basil (if in season)
  • ¼ bunch dandelion greens or arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • ½ RAW seeds or nuts (tahini also makes it super creamy)
  • 1-2 juiced lemons
  • olive oil , spices, salt and water to taste

 

 

After reading this you will probably feel ready to join up for Kameko’s Fall Cleanse that begins September 27th. Don’t be scared, join us in changing your habit and in turn positively influencing your life! Sign up for Kameko’s Fall Cleanse here. Learn more about Kameko here.

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Namaste Teachers: Meet Sadie Chanlett-Avery

Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a new blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.

Meet Sadie Chanlett-Avery

How long have you been at Namaste?
I have been at Namaste for 7 years.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I’ve always has a knack for teaching and found a passion for yoga. I haven’t found anything else that suits me better.

Best advice you have ever received relating to your practice?
Don’t get too attached to the yoga “magic” My teacher told me that those moments come and go but can throw you off track. Stay focused on the daily details of the practice.

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Your favorite self-care practices?
Sleep and shared meals.

What is your morning routine?
I drink herbal tea while I make breakfast and coffee. Then I often write and have social media time before practicing.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
I serve as the In-House Yogi at Clif Bar Co. I lead kettlebell training, perinatal training, and the yoga program. I also try to write everyday.

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How often do you practice?
Daily.

Absolute favorite asana?
Dynamic movement: finding the space between the poses.

Do you have a favorite yoga story?
One time I did a private session with my friend’s mom. She was a timid, Midwestern lady and I remember demo’ Warrior I for her. She cowered, backed off a bit and wrung her hands, asking, “Did you say ‘Worrier’ pose?”

What is your favorite thing about yoga?
It really wants you to be you as you are. Messy. Amazing. Strong. Silly. Dedicated. Vulnerable. and Crazy Powerful.

What is something you wish all of our students understood better?
How completely perfect and whole they are already!


SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Join Sadie for her next workshop:
Intro to Yoga
Sunday, January 11 at Namaste Rockridge

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New Moon Spring Cleaning: Body, Mind, and Space

Today marks two big events in the astrological space. It is both a Supermoon (and a new moon) and the first day of Spring. New moons are powerful in their ability to remind us of how important taking time to reset can be for our emotional, mental, and physical health.

According to Mystic Mama, “A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time, the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life.

Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any ritual that creates the space for us to connect. So the New Moon provides us with an opportunity to take the time to create SACRED SPACE for ourselves. It’s essential.”

If the beginning of a Supermoon New Moon cycle was not a strong enough catalyst for change and renewal, it is also the beginning of Spring! The Equinox is celebrated throughout history as a turning point from the dark days of winter to the brightness of blooming flowers, new births, and longer days full of sunlight.

This is a time for re-evaluating what is not serving you and figuring out how to move forward with a lighter load. We have put together a few tips on how to do some “spring cleaning” in your body, mind, and space!

Body

1. Take a yoga class! Teachers tend to do a lot of work on detoxing and releasing during the beginning of Spring. Wring out any old tension and stagnation from Winter with a lively vinyasa class.

2. Go for a hike. Being outdoors in nature is a perfect way to enjoy and appreciate the natural world’s changes. Stroll through some trails nearby in the Oakland or Berkeley Hills to experience the meadows of blooming wildflowers and possibly some new baby animals!

3. Clean up your diet. Consider taking a week or two off of sugar, meat, alcohol, or anything else that may feel like it is weighing your digestion down. During the Winter, we tend to indulge in these things, and Spring is the perfect opportunity to reset our system with healthy, raw or Ayurvedic foods!

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Mind

1. Write down all your thoughts about things that have been holding you back. Create an action plan for how to actively bring awareness to these habits or thoughts and then pin up your reminders somewhere you will be able to see on a daily basis.

2. Create a time for early morning meditation when your mind is fresh and rested. Repeat your new affirmations in your mind or out loud for a more powerful effect.

3. Talk to a loved one about things you would like to let go of and parts of your life that you are ready to change. Letting someone in on your vulnerable moments can help hold you accountable for making the changes necessary for a healthy life!

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Space

1. De-clutter your space. Get rid of anything that has been laying around without the use for too long. Do the basic sorting: recycle, give away, or re-use in a new creative way!

2. Wash your linens, curtains, and do a deep clean. Having a freshly cleaned home does wonder for our bodies and minds. Consider using some soothing essential oils in your cleaning supplies to get an aromatherapy bonus!

3. Smudge your home with sage. Smudging is the ancient art of purifying a room with sacred herbs to help clear a space of any negative energy. The smell of sage and the physical act of smudging your home can be grounding and clarifying.

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Have other ideas on how to reset for the spring? Share the with us on Facebook or Instagram at @ilovenamaste – #namastespring

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Sadie’s Sequence for the Tired and Restless

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SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com.

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Sadie’s Sequence for the Tired and Restless

Sadie-ForInsomnia


SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com.

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Namaste Teachers: Meet Hannah Franco

Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a new blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.

Meet Hannah Franco

How long have you been at Namaste? Hannah
Good question…

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Yoga touches every part of my life. it always always reminds me who I am and I want to help other people cultivate that center.

Your favorite literature on yoga or meditation?
HERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES!!! But this is my fav… Desire: by Daniel Odier and The Path of Awakening by Adyashanti.

Best advice you have ever received relating to your practice?
Just be yourself.

Hannah

Your favorite self-care practices?
Abhyanga!!!! I go crazy for oils…

What is your morning routine?
I literally bolt out of bed and in to my yoga pants.  I adore community so I’m always taking classes of one kind or another and the morning time is my favorite!.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
I’m so obsessed with yoga that I decided to design yoga pants for a living!!! I’m also a huge fan of dancing. I like all kinds, I’m not promising I’m any good though:) Outdoor time is key. I love hot springs, they just take you to a whole new place…and of course a good glass of rose! I’m often at Ordinaire or Boot and Shoe Service. I love supporting my community!!!

Absolute favorite asana?
UTKATASANA! It hurts so good…

Hannah

What is your favorite thing about yoga?
It really wants you to be you as you are. Messy . Amazing . Strong . Silly . Dedicated. Vulnerable . and Crazy Powerful.

What is something you wish all of our students understood better?
How completely perfect and whole they are already!

What is your favorite part of the Namaste community?
The fact that it is actually a community!


HannahProfileBHannah is yogi, an artist, and lover of dance. Her classes are a blend of Hatha yoga and energizing Vinyasa, and are suitable for all levels with an emphasis on creativity, steadiness and presence and a joyful celebration of life!

She took a transformational trip to India to deepen her studies in tantra and hatha yoga in 2009, where she was certified. Her focus as a teacher is to bring community together and harmonize the way we all interact with compassion and love for all our unique spirits.

As a yoga teacher and designer for Athleta she truly understands the dance to find balance in this busy world.

hannahfrancoyoga.com

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Namaste Teachers: Meet Naushon Kabat-Zinn

Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a this blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.

Meet Naushon Kabat-Zinn

How long have you been at Namaste
I have been at Namaste since the beginning… 11 years!

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I first fell in love with yoga when I was a teenager and then did a teacher training when I was 20 just to deepen my practice. After I finished my training, I taught my first class the very next day! I never thought I would be a full-time yoga teacher, but it felt like my true calling in life, and I couldn’t argue with what felt right.

Best advice you have ever received relating to your practice?
“Seek teachings everywhere”

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What are you involved with outside the studio?
I love to cook, share meals with friends, and spend time near, in, and on the ocean.

How often do you practice?
Everyday, in some form or another. Sometimes my practice is meditation and yoga, sometimes just meditation. Sometimes its a few poses, sometimes its a 2hour practice. And all of life is practice.

Absolute favorite asana?
Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

What is your favorite thing about yoga?
Coming home to my truest self.

What is your favorite part of the Namaste community?
My students! They inspire me every day!


Check out Naushon’s sweet sequence on our blog for integrating a short morning practice into your routine and join us Sunday at Namaste Grand Lake for Fall in Love with Yoga: Bringing Your Practice Home Workshop!

Naushon_Kabat-ZinnNaushon has been a student of yoga since she was a little girl. Her challenging, yet compassionate Power Vinyasa classes are a wonderful way to cultivate strength, serenity, flexibility and balance.  Inspired by her studies with Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Baba Hari Dass, and the teachings of Vispassana (Insight) Meditation, Naushon’s all levels classes emphasize the linking of movement with breath, cultivating our ability to be more fully present and awake in our lives, and navigate the challenges that arise with more grace and kindness.

“I have been teaching for the past 13 years. For me, yoga is life-saving. It grounds me when I feel disconnected, overwhelmed, and stressed out, and gets me back in my body when I feel stuck in my head. But mainly, yoga gives me perspective, reminding me to wake up and enjoy this beautiful life that I have been gifted…to realize that this moment, right now, is enough.”

Please visit naushonyoga.com for more information about Naushon’s workshops, retreats and booking private sessions.

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