join our gentle seasonal cleanse...

October 16, 2018

 

 

Just like Nature around us, this time of seasonal change, is when the body starts to come out of it's Winter go-slow and prepare of a time of new growth.
 

Much like the ice on the great peaks of the Himalaya, our stores of unwanted fats with residues of toxins, are going to melt in Spring and be stored in Autumn -
Some of you may even be experiencing this liquid in the form of sinusitis or hay fever, or your body may be pushing these out through your biggest organ,
your skin in the form of a rash or diarrhoea - if you're lucky!

For many, we have abused our bodies for so long they no longer have these options available, so our "stores" and their toxic sludge are staying there put - pesticides, additives, medications, even  anaesthetic, not to mention the chemicals produced by your own negative emotions & thought patterns - All sapping our energy, forming the basis of a tumour, polluting glands or lymph and over-loading our digestions, livers, kidneys and lives. Who would live in their home for a year without cleaning it or throwing away the trash - But we do this to our first home - our body!

None of us would dream of driving our cars at high speed, revving to the max & flooding the engine, clogging it with cheap fuels every day, but never stopping to replace the oil, water or anti-freeze  -

at brave, we follow the ancient yogic tradition of a GENTLE and light fast at these times, and only when the weather is consistently warm enough to sweat,  so we can get rid of what we let go of - in all respects.


So what is a fast or cleanse really?


In the West, we have many misconceptions & errors in view when it comes to purification and fasting. We think of both requiring extreme approaches & fanatical methods - for short periods of time.
and when it suits us - rather than Mother Nature...
But in actuality, to fast means to 'lighten', to give your body a little holiday from constant churn...

allow it time to reset it's instruments, metabolism and work on your cellular health
rather than having an over-loaded dustbin, full of physical, mental and emotional rubbish to deal with.

you'll probably eat more than you usually do!
and therefore how you experience your life. It’s just not physiologically possible for stress loving, a toxin filled brain to fire evenly and calmly!
and hopefully it'll stay that way....this regime is great for correcting eating issues, developing a new relationship with your food, with how you nourish yourself,
just what, when and how you eat will be very different,


because again, contrary to many regimes today, what the body needs to rejuvenate and cleanse is -

 

 

  •  high value nutrients, in volume, and in "easy to digest & absorb' form

  • intake of food and water at the best times of day for the body to use them

  • oil to lubricate the channels that move the residues of toxic fats out

  • bulk and fiber to push waste through the sewers :)

  • gentle practices that promote cleansing, metabolism & ease - physically mentally and emotionally. 

 

  should everyone fast and cleanse ?

why do some people find it easier to fast or cleanse than others?
why do some experience ill effects?
because we ARE all in different bodies! Just take a look around you...
The oldest medicinal system known as Ayurveda, groups everything into 3 main constitutional types you may have heard of:  Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

each of these groupings has specific attributes and characteristics...

It also says that when these accumulate, they create UNease that leads to DISease. These accumulations are called Dosha. Much like with the plant kingdom, you can't feed and water a cactus, an orchid and a wind flower the same way, and expect good results.

Yogic Science teaches that we should all undergo a cleanse in our life time, ideally annually, and then once we are established in that - we can even practice fasting once a month or even once a week, depending on our constitution and situation. So our brave seasonal cleanse is specifically designed to be safe for all 3 constitutional types.

 

 How can you be sure you're cleansing safely?

There are some exceptions...
ONE SHOULD NEVER FAST WHEN UNDER GOING INTENSIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT for example chemo, radiation, surgery, even some 'alternative' treatments like  etc it may result in you absorbing more toxins rather than the desired cleanse, you may also cause your organs to suffer immense strain and cause serious problems or damage.


at brave, we do advocate our regime  for those in the later stages of Recovery at our center, including those with issues like immobility, disability, allergies, those who have had chronic illnesses in the past -
but under guidance.

It's also not advisable to practice these regimes if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Children and the frail and elderly should not fast. If you are unsure, check with your doctor and with us at brave!


Can anyone join and be guided through the seasonal cleanse?

Because we often have to help those who have fasted incorrectly, or have become ill or even addicted to extreme fasts and diets and those who have been given confusing and often incorrect advice, this year, we are opening up our full brave seasonal cleanse regime to all of you! We hope this will also help those who may get tempted by the evil fast food tokoloshi :)

We’ve planned a spring cleanse journey, you can join and get the individual constitutional guidance we all need, when going through a cleanse.
You'll also get the group support you need to stay on course in this tumultuous sea of change! You can join the regime even if you are not in Cape Town near our center, and even from another country, as long as you're online so we can support you through email, our website www.beingbrave.org or our facebook group - brave recovery warriors.
 

 

should everyone fast and cleanse ?


why do some people find it easier to fast or cleanse than others?
why do some experience ill effects?
because we ARE all in different bodies! Just take a look around you...
The oldest medicinal system known as Ayurveda, groups everything into 3 main constitutional types you may have heard of:  Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

each of these groupings has specific attributes and characteristics...

It also says that when these accumulate, they create UNease that leads to DISease. These accumulations are called Dosha. Much like with the plant kingdom, you can't feed and water a cactus, an orchid and a wind flower the same way, and expect good results. Yogic Science teaches that we should all undergo a cleanse in our life time, ideally annually, and then once we are established in that - we can even practice fasting once a month or even once a week, depending on our constitution and situation.

 

So our brave seasonal cleanse is specifically designed to be safe for all 3 constitutional types.

 

Our brave seasonal cleanse kit has all the tools you'll need, including a CD of brave yogic practices, and you can keep to the flow of the fast wherever you are by following the regime schedule.

 Each kit contains:

 

  • an organic, chemical free brave Dosha oil kit with 3 oils

  • brave CD of 6 practices- breathing/pranayama, gentle flexibilities, deep relaxations & Yoga Nidra

  • An Ayurvedic  stainless-steal traditional tongue cleaner

  • A hand-made bio-degradable Ayurvedic Vetiver body scrubber

  • 150grms of Pysillium husk

  • comprehensive, easy to follow, brave seasonal cleanse booklet with instructions, meditations and affirmations for the fast & regime schedule

  • an unbleached cotton Body scrub bag with unrefined natural seas Salt & organic herbs & spices

  • 80grms of organic green and jasmine flower detox tea 

all for just R540 excl. postage, a saving of R180.



Remember brave is a registered NPO and so we try to keep all costs as low as possible for as many to participate. Please check our prices against well-known stores selling similar products for far more. If you'd like to donate a seasonal cleanse kit to someone in need please let us know! All brave products are made by the brave for the brave, are chemical and additive free, 100% natural and hand-made, Ayurvedically blended and when possible - organically sourced.

How can you be sure you're cleansing safely?

There are some exceptions...
ONE SHOULD NEVER FAST WHEN UNDER GOING INTENSIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT for example chemo, radiation, surgery, even some 'alternative' treatments like  etc it may result in you absorbing more toxins rather than the desired cleanse, you may also cause your organs to suffer immense strain and cause serious problems or damage. At brave, we do advocate our regime  for those in the later stages of Recovery at our center, including those with issues like immobility, disability, allergies, those who have had chronic illnesses in the past -
but under guidance.

It's also not advisable to practice these regimes if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Children and the frail and elderly should not fast. If you are unsure, check with your doctor and with us at brave!


Can anyone join and be guided through the seasonal cleanse?

Because we often have to help those who have fasted incorrectly, or have become ill or even addicted to extreme fasts and diets and those who have been given confusing and often incorrect advice, this year, we are opening up our full brave seasonal cleanse regime to all of you! We hope this will also help those who may get tempted by the evil fast food tokoloshi :)

We’ve planned a spring cleanse journey, you can join and get the individual constitutional guidance we all need, when going through a cleanse.
You'll also get the group support you need to stay on course in this tumultuous sea of change!
You can join the regime even if you are not in Cape Town near our center, and even from another country, as long as you're online so we can support you through email, our website www.beingbrave.org or our facebook group - brave recovery warriors.


Ok so now that you're onboard, when and where to begin?

There are a number of Yogic & Ayurvedic PANCHA KARMA we'll use the items in our brave Seasonal Cleanse Kit  for during the cleanse over the 12 days to make sure, our inner temple,  gets a truly thorough purification.

 

All you do need to let us know you want to join,
and order your brave seasonal cleanse kit before Friday 19th.
Just simply click on the order my kit button on our website, reply via our contacts page or our email bravetouch@gmail.com

You can collect your seasonal cleanse kit from our center in BoKaap from 8am - 8.30pm or we will courier to you at an additional cost. For those in CAPE TOWN during the brave seasonal cleanse you can join in our Practical, simple, useful Yogic Pancha Karma and Kriya at our center in BoKaap. We'll  practice:

 

  • Two 1hr 45 min gentle, Purifying Hatha Yoga practices with  Pranayamas & relaxation.

  • A 40 minute Yoga Nidra, "the practice of watching oneself sleep"

  • We'll enjoy an early morning mountain walk together in nature, take in the fresh new Life-force moving around us, and sit together for purifying Tibetan Practices

  • dive into Mother Ocean at maiden’s cove - and wash clear our pranic layers, try our Jala Neti in the sea, followed by a sunset beach meditation.

  • We’ll sit together for Karma Yoga – the best way to purify the heart  – together by serving those suffering and in need, putting in a little of our energy and time towards the brave TB/HIV community in the informal settlement of Nyanga

  • questions and answers, discuss group experiences of the cleanse, and how to continue the seasonal cleanse into everyday living – easy integration tips and tools to make this a way of life, complete with recipes & remedies for you and your family.

  • and we'll SHARE an ancient Vedic PURIFICATION ritual on the FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, Deepavali , to complete the journey of this yogic seasonal purification together! For those who are serious about their Yogic practices we have chosen this period because it includes 3 sacred fasting days and Deepawali, a beautiful way to start the Yogic New Year.


Each individual practice is the brave standard donation R80 or you can commit to all 8 for R540, a saving of R100.

 

For those in far away places, or can't get to brave, do not fear :) everything is in your brave seasonal cleanse booklet, and we'll guide you through online. We're going to experience and learn about :

 

  • The Ayurvedic principle of eating what you lives around you

  • Dry brushing, and the traditional techniques of tongue scraping

  • Jala Neti, Keffir and Oil Pulling

  • Oils and Abhyanga - how to do a detoxing self-massage

  • Using Salts and Boluses

  • how to use detoxing teas, with constitutional recipes

  • Is apple cider, honey and lemon right for my body?

  • The dangers of dry-fasts.

  • Boosting metabolism: The Tibetan love for cold water immersion

  • hot water and liquids during cleanses.

  • Inhalation therapies - The traditional use of steams

  • Ghee therapies – for those with agitated sinuses and eyes

  • using Ayurvedic supplements – Triphala, Ashwaganda, Guggul

  • Rasayana – restorative Ayurvedic tonics


Of course, the real rewards of well being, EASE rather than DIS EASE & living longer are reason enough to devote 12 days this year to cleansing this incredible instrument - YOUR BODY.

 

As always we thank our teachers for sharing these ancient practices and especially to Turiyana Achariya who has been advocating & practicing Seasonal Cleanses for over 40 years - for the inspiration and knowledge -


"Health is not everything, But nothing is worth anything without it.
There is a difference between those two temporal blessings,

health and money.
MONEY is the most envied but least enjoyed.
HEALTH is the most enjoyed but least envied;
& this superiority of the latter is still more obvious when we reflect
that the poorest man would not part with health for money,
but the richest would gladly part with every cent for health.
WEALTH IS HEALTH " 

Turiyana Achariya - Glenn Ross Hudson

 

 

 

 

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