I am now on Day 5 and settling into the flow of Pre-Detox or Purvakarma. I am loving the self-care routines. It feels great for this time of year and for this new season of my life. My youngest has now started Kindergarten full-time (I have 3 kids aged 11, 7 and 5). It's bittersweet, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be at home with them, but it is nice to have a little more "me" time.
Before I began the program, I had a initial consultation with Purnima at her treatment facility where she did a pulse diagnosis. (check out Purnima's website to see what therapies she offers) When I am finished the program, she will do another diagnosis to compare.
I'll fill you in on some of the recommended daily routines of this pre-detox program.
Oil pulling, tongue scraping, lots of warm water, Abhyanga, detox tea, Yoga, breathing, meditation, and FOOD !! A very specific diet full of vegetables, grains, lentils, beans, and the program includes shopping lists and wide range of recipes. The program came with a kit of spices, ghee, triphala herb, detox tea, bath herbs, organic sesame oil, transdermal creams, etc. Purnima makes the best ghee, it really is amazing, I am tempted to eat it by the spoonful. She also lovingly makes the Tri-dosha Masala that you sprinkle on everything. I get to be a student to Carole's truly inspired yoga, pranayama and meditation videos.
The support these ladies are providing is exceptional. I can ask any question, anytime, and it gets answered. There is also a facebook group for all the participants to share our questions and comments.
How am I feeling? Tired. The routine takes a couple of hours every morning so I am rising pretty early, not going to bed when I should. A few emotional releases (who doesn't love a good cry when it's needed!?) I also have a bit of a cold/sore throat which could be the cleanse, maybe this rainy weather, everyone seems to be coming down with a little something.
Just received the info about the actual 3 day detox...so off to the supermarkets tomorrow to look for a few things (like tamarind?) It's opening up a whole new world of flavours and ingredients for me. I totally recommend Gill's market on Pembina, WOW they were so helpful last week. A kind lady who worked there helped me find all the items on my list. (I am sure I looked pretty lost asking for things I have no idea about like lauki, diakon radish, bitter melon?)
More to come stay tuned. Will let you know what Abhyanga is tomorrow. Am I glowing yet?!