The cold air and darker days of winter invite us to go inwards, reflect and slow down. It is the season of Yin and with it brings the need for rest and nourishment. We've put together a one day cleanse based on our Winter Comfort Cleanse to help restore and replenish your body, mind and spirit this winter season.
Pick a day this week to dedicate to yourself and make some time for nourishing selfcare. Take some quiet time to listen to your body and what it needs, honouring and making space for yourself.
Start your day by removing inflammatory foods from the diet such as sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, alcohol and coffee. Focus on eating lots of veggies and warming foods such as bone broth, root vegetables, congee, soups and stews. Try our immune building congee recipe below:
1 cup brown rice
8 cups water, bone broth or vegetable broth
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1 onion, diced
2 Tbs freshly grated ginger root
4 carrots, diced
optional vegetables: fennel, leek, celery (diced)
toppings: black sesame seeds, green onions, large handful of herbs or leafy greens (parsley, cilantro, kale, chard, spinach), grated ginger
In a large pot bring the water, salt, desired vegetables and rice to a boil. When the rice is boiling, turn the heat down to a low simmer, stirring occasionally until the rice has a thick creamy texture of porridge, 1 - 4 hours. The longer it cooks, the more healing the congee becomes. Turn off heat and fold in any leafy greens if using and allow to wilt. Serve by sprinkling sesame seeds, grated ginger, green onion and parsley on top. Salt and pepper to taste.
Take some time to fortify the body with a restorative yin practice. Move in and out of the postures slowly, practicing with mindfulness and holding the postures for 3-5 minutes at a time. We've put together a yin sequence that works on the kidney and bladder meridians, the two organs associated with the winter season. Take some time to slow down, light a candle and some incense, set the mood and go inwards.
Click here for the Winter Yin Sequence
Take some quiet time in the evening to meditate for 15-20 minutes. Harness the darkness to think about the seeds (intentions) you want to plant for future growth. Darkness is the space a seed inhabits before bursting from its shell - use this to fuel your dreams and desires and write them down. Nurture these ideas and intentions and allow them to grow naturally and quietly throughout the season, preparing you for expansion come Spring when the light comes back.
'One path leads outward and the other inward. You can walk the way outward that leads to pleasure or the way inward that leads to grace.'
WINTER COMFORT CLEANSE
For some deeper self-care, join us for our 7-day Winter Comfort Cleanse. This cleanse is a complete winter wellness program designed to balance and gently detoxify the body through warming foods, detox teas, elixirs, herbs, detox baths and restorative yoga asanas. The focus of the cleanse is on cultivating restorative warming practices during the winter season to keep our inner fire burning bright. Find out more here.