I asked the team at AYL, “How do you detox off your mat?” The list is short and sweet – a few great tips, but one big takeaway: The little things we do for ourselves add up to something big. You don’t have to fly out for a week-long spa treatment or escape to a yoga retreat. A little time away from the daily grind leads to a brighter, healthier you.
Dry brush your skin
Dry brushing is a natural exfoliation that helps the body detox by loosening dead skin cells, stimulating circulation, and causing lymphatic drainage. You can find dry brushes – made of natural, gentle bristles that will not harm your skin – online or at natural product stores.
Brush before showering to scrub off loosened dead skin and, afterward, moisturize with a natural lotion or body oil. Dry brushing has a soothing quality, so use this time to treat your body with love and gratitude.
Take a weekly detox bath
Bathing is unanimously a great way to treat yourself, but did you know it can also be a detox? Try this recipe from one of our yogis and see if you ever go back to a standard bath!
To hot bath water, add one cup of baking soda, two cups of Epsom salt, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Both baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and Epsom salt (magnesium and sulfate) are natural substances that help flush toxins from the body, among many other great health benefits.
You can soak in a detox bath for up to 45 minutes; but, if you’re new to this, you might want to begin with shorter periods of time and work your way up. After your bath, it’s recommended that you rinse off with fresh water. And, as with any other detox, remember to drink water before, during, and after your bath.
Withdraw from technology or, even better, meditate
Creating calmness for your mind can be just as important as detoxing your body. As Author Anne Lamott puts it, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
Obviously, we rely on technology, but here are a couple of ideas to help you find some needed balance:
Put your phone/computer/tablet away – perhaps even turn it off – for a certain period of time each day. To create an environment for healthy sleep, a few of our yogis stop using their devices a couple of hours before bed and don’t resume using them until after their morning rituals. Just try removing technology from your bedroom for one night and see the difference it makes!
If you find that your whole family needs to carve out some time away from their devices, create a designated “unplugged” schedule for your household. You can even program a power strip with a timer to shut off your Wi-Fi during these times.
Meditation. It doesn’t have to be an intimidating ritual. Just take a few minutes – preferably before you start your day and then again before bed – to sit in silence, come into your body, and observe what happens.
Retune your diet
If your body is telling you that it needs to cleanse, listen! We all feel the need to change up what we eat from time to time; but, rather than just thinking less food, try giving yourself more good food. The best detox diet cuts out processed food products and adds on nutrient-rich whole foods. You might even try going on a fruit or juice cleanse for up to three days, which is always a favorite among our yogis.
Follow the 40 Days to Personal Revolution
If you’re looking to hit the ‘reset button’ – for your body, mind, and soul – look for Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution. This book will lead you through a life-changing 40 days of yoga, diet principles, and a meditation practice. We typically have copies of the book for purchase in the studio; and, once you have it, you can start the program on your own time, at any time.