Congratulations on reaching Day 4 of the cleanse. You’re more than half way there!
As you go into the last few days of the cleanse, the effects on your body’s tissues and on your mind or emotions will deepen. It is especially important now to stay committed to your cleansing routine while paying attention to your personal needs.
ENERGIZING: Spring Detox with Elena Brower
ALTERNATE: Cleansing with Asana and the Breath with Sarah Goddard
MEDITATION: Buddhist Breath Awareness Meditation with Chandra Easton
Looking for a different level of practice today? Gentler? More challenging? Visit our resources page for more options.
Staying Balanced. You may feel alternately tired and over-stimulated, unable to sleep or wanting to stay in bed all day. Here are a few suggestions that might help navigate the ups and downs.
Craving rest. Over the course of the last few days, you’ve switched to a lighter diet, changed your normal schedule, and consciously avoided artificial stimulants. As a result, you may feel like you have less energy for socializing and want to rest more. This is a completely natural response—so give in to it. Allowing your body to take advantage of the slower pace and reduced activity this week will help to reduce the stress load it’s carrying.
Too much energy. If you find yourself with too much nervous energy, we recommend that you include more exercise in your routine. Choose energizing yoga practices from the list we’ve provided (like Elena Brower’s Spring Detox).
Sluggish digestion. Your digestive system may need time to adjust to the cleanse diet. After all, you have eliminated many of the foods and beverages you normally consume. If your digestion has slowed down—or the kitchari feels heavy in your stomach—add more liquid to the kitchari and sip ginger or mint tea while you eat. Chewing a handful of fennel seeds is a traditional way of encouraging digestion after your meal.
Disturbed sleep. You may suddenly feel mentally or emotionally unsettled and are either having trouble sleeping or can barely stay awake. If that’s the case, then we recommend that you emphasize practices that will help calm and focus your mind: take a bath in the evening; try some of the breathing exercises or guided meditations on our resources page; or, if necessary, reach out to friends or trusted counselors to help you make sense of any strong emotions that may surface.
Hang in there!