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Lighten & Brighten this Spring with Ayurveda

Your body wants to cleanse in the spring. Even if you do nothing, it will try its very best to cleanse all on its own, just like the rest of the natural world is doing. You can help it along by actually doing a whole food cleanse, eating cleansing spring foods, and making adjustments to your sleep and exercise routines. On the other hand, many people unwittingly block their body’s cleansing efforts by failing to adjust their diet to spring cleansing foods and practices. Then they end up hanging on to winter weight, feeling sluggish, allergic, mucous-y, uninspired, and even depressed.

Ayurveda, the world’s oldest, continuously practiced health care system in the world, offers perhaps the best advice for aligning with spring cleansing. It’s focused on releasing toxins, lethargy, and excess weight that naturally accumulates in the winter, and cultivating a sense of lightness and energy through seasonal eating and self care practices.

In the spring, favor light, low sugar and low fat foods in the spring. That means reducing fatty/heavy foods like oils, diary, nuts & seeds, avocados, meats, and sweet fruits, while increasing leafy greens, sprouts, and low sugar fruits and vegetables. Following these recommendations will help you to shed excess weight, release toxins, and energize your mind and body!


  • Favor: Berries, apples, pears.
  • Reduce/Avoid: Heavy or sweet fruits like pineapple, banana, mango, melon, and avocado. A small amount of dried fruits like dates are okay.


  • All veggies are good! Emphasize leafy greens of all types, sprouts, root vegetables, radishes, green beans, onions, garlic, mushrooms.

Nuts & Seeds

  • Eat sparingly.
  • Favor: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds.
  • Reduce/Avoid: Nut butters, almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts flax seeds.


  • Most legumes are good in the spring, but lentils are especially wonderful! Check out our recipe for kitchari – a nourishing, balancing, cleansing meal.


  • Reduce oils in general. This would be the time to experiment with sautéing in water instead of oil! Roasted pumpkin seed oil is so flavorful, that you only need a tiny drizzle to make your salad or veggies totally delicious.


  • Avoid dairy, especially ice cream and cold milk. The more dairy you eat, the worse your spring allergies will be.


  • Favor: Quinoa, millet, dry oats, rye. Long grain brown rice is okay.
  • Reduce/Avoid: Wheat, rice.

Animal Protein

  • Reduce animal protein in general, especially red meat. Seafood, poultry, and eggs are okay in moderation.


  • All spices are great in the spring, but reduce salt as much as possible. Turmeric is wonderful all year, and especially in the spring.


  • Consume cleansing supplements like spirulina and chlorella.

Self care

  • Go to bed early and wake up with the sun.
  • Get moving in the morning with some gentle exercise like yoga or walking.
  • Avoid napping during the day if possible.
  • Exercise and sweat every day.
  • Avoid snacking between meals.

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For a thorough cleanse for mind & body with expert support – cleanse with us beginning May 7th!







Charlotte’s Charming Chai

This weekend at Serenity Yoga, we served Charlotte’s Chai, and everyone loved it! Here’s her unique and delicious take on chai tea, which includes nontraditional, healthifying ingredients like turmeric and clove infused oranges. Who does that? Charlotte, that’s who! And maybe now you too!

4 Tbsp loose rooibos tea (or 5 rooibos tea bags)
1 small whole orange or clementine
15 whole cloves
10 whole cardamon pods
1 inch sliver of fresh ginger
1/2 inch sliver of fresh turmeric
1 whole cinnamon stick

Push the whole cloves into the orange skin all around the orange. Crush the cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle. Fill your crock pot 3/4 full of water, and add all ingredients. Turn the crock pot on high. Enjoy a 75 minute yoga or mindfulness practice. The tea will be ready when you complete your practice. You can strain the tea into mugs or into a separate container.

Revving Metabolism

In our benefit yoga class this weekend, a yogi asked us if The Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse speeds up your metabolism. Our program will definitely benefit your metabolism, the healthy way.

The only thing on the cleanse that possibly increases metabolism is green tea, but it’s only a modest 4%, and isn’t significant. The real reason we recommend green tea is for its powerful antioxidant properties (especially matcha green tea).

Although there is nothing in the cleanse that forcefully revs your metabolism, we do avoid the foods that suppress your metabolism – things like sugar, artificial sweeteners, gluten, peanuts, and other allergens. These foods can directly suppress the thyroid, negatively affect insulin sensitivity, contribute to leaky gut, and/or result in systemic inflammation, which is not good for any part of your physiology or metabolism. At the same time, we focus on delicious, whole foods that protect the mitochondria (the cells’ energy centers) from oxidative damage, so that they can work at full capacity.

Unlike unsafe drugs that force your body to burn more calories, our clean eating plan simply removes the blockages to a robust metabolism. The result is that you start losing weight without starving yourself or running 20 miles a day.

Our New Year cleanse begins January 15, 2017! Register here. For more FAQs, click here.







2017: Be the Change

Whew! We made it through crazy, tumultuous 2016! We hope that 2017 will be a year of healing for our selves, relationships, communities, country, and world.

As we set our goals for the coming year, let’s remember Gandhi’s advice to “be the change you wish to see in the world”, to think globally, and act locally. If we are not kind to ourselves, with our thoughts, lifestyle, and nutrition, it is much harder to be kind to our loved ones and the larger community. If we are eating inflammatory foods, we will think inflammatory thoughts, speak inflammatory words, and engage in inflammatory actions.

The Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse is here to help you rediscover the energy and balance possible with wholesome, anti inflammatory foods and practices. Our plan focuses on the whole you – mind, diet, lifestyle, and more. We support you every step of the way with inspiration, motivation, excellence in nutrition and self care, and delicious cleansing recipes.

We hope that you will join us for our New Year Cleanse beginning January 15th. Let’s come together to heal ourselves, and the world.

Wishing you health, love, and prosperity in 2017!