Now that you have some knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda, let’s talk about the reset (cleanse). This four-day Ayurvedic reset is based on a reset (cleanse) designed by Larissa Hall Carlson, E-RYT, a yoga teacher and dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
An Ayurvedic reset (cleanse) emphasizes gentleness, sustainable routines, and equal attention to both body and mind. This contrasts with other, harsher detox plans, which, although often effective for deep cleansing via laxatives or enemas, can actually shock, exhaust, and deplete your digestive and nervous systems. Ayurveda cleanse focuses on resetting the digestive fire (known as agni) which allows it to reset and strengthen the digestive fire. The detoxifying nature further supports the body’s own natural mechanism to remove built up toxin from the body.
During the cleanse you will eat easily digestible foods, so your body can put more energy toward eliminating toxins, but you’ll also maintain enough variety and flavor in your diet to keep you from losing interest or feeling hungry. As a four-day program, the cleanse is just long enough to strengthen the digestive fire and purify the mind without going so deep that it’s necessary to have a personal Ayurvedic practitioner oversee the process. And though Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle recommendations can be specific to your dominant dosha—your unique physical and mental constitution that influences your well-being—this cleanse is tri-doshic, meaning it works for everyone, according to Carlson.
This is not a full cleans (known as panchakarma), a panchakarma should be done under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner. This is simpler version of panchakarma which can be done at home, but can offer the resetting and rejuvenating benefits that a full panchakarma provides.
Things to keep in mind: 1. Kitchari diet for four days – for the four day of the reset you will only be eating a kitchari diet. Kitchari is an easy to make and easy to digest meals, made with rice, yellow mung dal, clarified butter and vegetable. You will have kitchari for all your meal (lunch and dinner). Ideally for breakfast too, however if the idea of having something that heavy in the morning is repulsive to you (it does to me) you can replace it with simple oatmeal.
2. Avoid Snacks – Avoid snacking – instead, sip warm water throughout the day. However, if you’re hungry between meals, don’t deprive yourself.
3. Sip hot water and detox tea in the morning and throughout the day – This will help with resetting the digestion and cleansing toxins. Stay hydrate by drinking water room temperature to ensure you get plenty of fluids. Make sure to avoid ice, cold drinks and caffeine.
4. Do a daily self-massage with warm oil – Self-massage can help with facilitating the removal of built-up toxins so they can be eliminated as waste. While the warm oil can also calm and rejuvenates the nervous system.
Daily Routine while on the Cleanse:
Morning 6 am – 11am
Drink warm lemon water
Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper
Prepare a cup of warm water and lemon and drink it while you begin to prepare your kitchari and tea for the day.
Meditate (5-10 Minutes) or practice gentle yoga (10-20 Minutes)
Breakfast: Breakfast should ideally be kitchari, but if the idea of having kitchari for breakfast is repulsive, you can eat a simply prepared grain such as oatmeal or quinoa. Warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom would be good additions, just don’t put fruit in your oatmeal, as you will want to be diligent about food combining on your cleanse. Fruit is best digested alone!
Breakfast ideally between: 7–8 a.m
Complete the 5-senses purification
Do channel-cleaning breath work
After Noon: 12 – 6pm
Lunch: Eat a large, satisfying lunch
Lunch should be kitchari (Ideally between 12–1 p.m)
Sip 1 cup of tea as desired
Practice yoga for 60 minutes
Evening to night time: 6 pm – 10 pm
Dinner: Dinner should be eaten before 7 pm to give you plenty of time for digestion before sleep (2-3 hours before bed time) - (Ideally between 5–6 p.m., but no later than 7 p.m.).
Wind down by reading inspirational books, writing in a journal, or meditating.
Go to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep.
Things to Keep in mind while on the cleanse:
Practice eating mindfully.
Walk in nature.
Drink 1 cup of tea as desired.
Avoid snacking. Instead, sip warm water throughout the day. However, if you’re hungry between meals, don’t deprive yourself. Snack on peeled almonds that have been soaked overnight—these are easily digestible.