Another beautiful day! Ahhh, is it starting to dawn yet? Today or tomorrow you will be able to breathe easier as the ama is leaving and digestion (agni) is beginning to regulate now. Remember, hydration is key at this point. Folks have asked about “how much water, master cleanse and tea to consume?” Here are some basic guidelines for when you are not on the cleanse. While cleansing, one should increase consumption at least 6 to 8 ounces more than the guidelines below. Basic rule of thumb… sip when thirsty!
Guidelines regarding daily water consumption:
Vata should consume about 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
Pitta 5 to 6 glasses of water a day
Kapha 4 to 5 glasses of water a day
(“Water” includes tea and Master cleanse beverages)
Drinking lots of liquids just before a meal might dampen the agni. Drinking lots of beverages right after a meal creates more kapha-causing weight gain. It is best to sip beverages during the meal. It helps digestion, absorption and dhatu (tissue) building. Sipping throughout the day is recommended too. Once the cleanse is over if you want to regulate your hydration and you prefer drinking a glass at a time, follow this schedule:
1 glass right after waiting up—on an empty stomach
(then lemon water sipping for digestion)
1 glass one hour after breakfast,
1 glass one hour after lunch,
1 glass 1 hour after dinner
1 glass before bedtime
(Remember, when your feel thirsty you are already dehydrating. Dehydration can cause rashes and redness on the skin and headaches or muscle tension. So, keep sipping and help yourself stay hydrated.)
Remember that you can add veggies into to your kitchari, just use the ghee to heat your spices and than sauté veggies in the spiced ghee. Add ghee even more liberally now as we want to encourage the ama out of your system. Consider adding another teaspoon of ghee to your kitchari at each meal along with the amount your using to sauté your veggies. You are increasing moisture, yet not water. The ghee is important to lubricate the internal pathways (srotas) where the ama adheres. Once the ama is loosened up it is easier to move out of our bodies. You may notice a ‘sour’ smell to your perspiration, bad breath, more ama on the tongue… these are good signs at this point in the cleanse, as the toxins are leaving through the bodies natural openings. This may have already happened, especially for those “A students” who started the diet during the pre-cleanse. (I won’t mention any names!)
It is time for us to begin to turn our gaze to the subtle practices of pranayama and energy management. Understanding how to encourage prana (life force) to move into areas of the body and mind where healing is needed, where there have been blocks, so we can begin to cultivate prana and kindle the subtle agni of each tissue (dathu).
Notice the layers we are moving through. In our pre-cleanse we brought awareness to our habitual patterns to “turn on the lights” to see ourselves, without judgment, but with clarity. We brought awareness to our intentions/actions and how they might differ from our ‘just do from habit’ unconscious behaviors. Starting our cleanse week we made thoughtful changes to our diet and habits of feeding ourselves while adding in self-nurturing behaviors. Now we are beginning to look into the casual body, the chakras (energy centers), the nadis (subtle energy pathways), and the vayus (the vital winds). You might begin to work with your awareness of the energy body by using yoga postures, pranayama, and mantra to restore and renew yourself.
keep the faith…almost done.