New Year's Ayurvedic Cleanse
Meet our Ayurveda whiz friend Celine Wallace, founder of Sattva Soul, an Ayurvedic wellness company focusing on Ayurvedic medicinal supplements backed by women's retreats in Bali & New Zealand.
We chatted with Celine about a step-by-step guide on how to do your own Ayurvedic cleanse at home.
Celine often works with clients looking for ways to feel their best, balance their Agni (digestive fire), to come into a space of more inner peace and alignment. Life moves in cycles, and coming into the New Year is a time for us to reflect on the previous cycle of our lives and how we have been showing up for ourselves.
Here are three great Ayurvedic Tri-Doshic rituals that Celine recommends her clients to incorporate into their Dinacharya (daily routine), no matter what their Doshic Vikruti is.
- Prana Vikshana/ Bhramari Pranayama Meditation
Prana Vikshana, or Breath awareness meditation is the practice of observing your breath, where Prana means vital energy or exhalation and Vikshana means following your breathing closely.
Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest to connect to your body and breathe slowly. Prana Vikshana gives the mind something to focus on; thus, the mind stops generating new thought patterns. It requires observing the rhythmic flow of life-giving air as it enters the body with each breath.
- Triphala + Turmeric
Triphala is an Ancient Ayurvedic gut capsule for digestion, detox, and inflammation, and it has been taken since 5000 BC. Tri stands for 'Three fruits' and is a powerful herbal remedy consisting of Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amla. This is a great herb to add to your daily routine to help cleanse your GI tract after the silly season. It helps detoxify by removing fatty deposits and toxins from the intestines, supporting regularity and cleansing. Sattva Soul, a specific blend, is also custom formulated with Organic Turmeric, as well as Organic Triphala, so at the same time you are cleansing, you're also receiving the added benefits of anti-inflammatory properties to ease bloating and inflammation. To know more about Sattva Soul's Organic + Triphala capsule, click here.
- Summer Kitchari
In Ayurveda, your biggest and most nourishing meal of the day should be lunch, as the sun is highest in the sky, and your Agni is the strongest. Here's a delicious summer Kitchari recipe for you to try when you feel like you need something cleansing and wholesome- a famous Ayurvedic cleansing staple.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
½ cup basmati rice
1 cup of split mung beans
1 tablespoon of Ghee
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
½ teaspoon of ground ginger
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of black pepper
4 cups of basic broth of your choice
2 cups of chopped vegetables, such as spring greens, broccoli, asparagus, and snow peas
Pink salt for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
Garnish with basil and red pepper flakes
- Rinse the rice and mung beans under cool. Set aside to drain.
- Melt the ghee in a medium to large pot over medium heat. Stir in mustard seeds.
- As the mustard seeds pop, stir in the spices and mix.
- Add the rice and mung beans and stir to coat.
- Add the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the spring vegetables. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- It's done when it tastes creamy. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with basil and red pepper flakes (optional).