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Tapas: Winter Detox










This past weekend I was in NJ teaching a Winter Yoga Detox at Fair Haven Yoga. The first few weeks after New Years are when we are getting into our new habits of healthy living and in order to make that change we need a certain level of self-discipline. I know that when I try to make a change in my life it is the first few weeks that are the most challenging.

In the workshop we explored the Sanskrit term tapas, practices of self-discipline. Tapas in Sanskrit translates to ‘heat’ or ‘to burn’, and it is a term in yoga which describes the process of inner cleansing. Cleansing of not only the physical but mental impurities that no longer serve us. It is the purification is not only of what you put into your body, but what you see, what you read, the people you surround yourself with. You can control what you eat, read, and most of what you see. When you begin to eliminate things that deplete you, you create space for those that you love, things that ignite you, your inner strength, and strong self-confidence.

Tapas is about burning away impurities or attachments that cause us suffering. It is about having the ability to accept and adapt to any situation. For example being equally content with living in a shack or a mansion. Things change everyday and it is our ability to adjust to those changes that keep us from suffering. Tapas are the self discipline that make us physically and mentally stronger.

The nature of the mind and body is to run after pleasures and basically the tapas or self-discipline practices are teaching us to stop giving into every guilty pleasure. One practice that helps to purify the mind is the practice of silence. Taking a few hours a day without words can purify your mind, help to purge it of old impressions that no longer serve you. As my mentor Ashley Turner says “in stillness we amplify”. There is a great power that comes from being still and silent. We so often busy ourselves with menial tasks or television in order to distract from the emotions or experience we are having. Don’t run from the emotion because it will just keep popping up. Be with the discomfort and eventually you will come out with some clarity, understanding and purification.

Over the weekend as I was planning my classes and exploring what tapas means to me I took 3 hours of silence. I found that the first 20 minutes were the most challenging, when I wanted to pick up my phone to text, and my email was calling my name. Once I got past those first painful twenty minutes I began to appreciate the power of the silence. From my experience and other tapas practices I have made videos for the Online Studio. You will find videos on silence, receiving insults with serenity, movements, and breath of fire. Explore and bring yourself to an edge, notice what bubbles up for you as you challenge yourself.




Spring Detox – Day 5


Happy Friday all! Today is the last day of my 5 day detox and I feel the most energized that I have all week! The juice fasting was wonderful and I’m slowly introducing solid foods. I started the day with pear juice, a lemonade and then in the afternoon had an apple and a pear. The only foods I was craving were bread and pasta so I just had some nuts and decided to wait till dinner to introduce more foods.

When doing a juice fast the day after the juice fasting can be hard, be sure to come off the juice fast slowly and consciously. Start the day after with a juice or fruit smoothie, for lunch light soup and for dinner a heartier soup. If you are feeling okay you can try eating an apple, but beware of how your stomach is reacting.

Even on the day after the cleanse, be careful and mindful of the foods you are putting into your body. Keep the lightness going by slowly adding in solid foods to your diet. Juice fasting is giving your digestive system a rest, which will equate to new and higher levels of energy.

Dinner tonight was Hoisin-glazed tempeh with Green beans and cashews with brown rice. (pictured above) It was delicious and the rice helped with my carb craving. Tomorrow I will ease into a diet of 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, animal proteins, and over the next few days my favorite breads and pastas! I plan to continue with the smaller portion sizes and I’m not sure yet when I will reintroduce coffee.

Overall it has been a great experience. This week I was able to release unnecessary insecurities, purge clothing from my apartment, cross things off of my to do list, and I shed 3 lbs.

Curious about doing this 5 day detox? Email info@lizalaird.com to find out details on the 5 day detox package which includes private sessions and day-to-day guidance during the cleanse.




Spring Detox – Day 4

When I woke up to begin day four of the Spring Detox I found myself feeling nauseous and weak. Not the best way to start a day. However, rather than fight it I let myself rest in bed a little bit longer – that is the good thing about setting the alarm for much earlier than you need to wake-up, then you have time to go back to bed if you need to! (I only do this when I’m detoxing) Once I had a little bit more time in bed and drank a juice and lots of water I was feeling all better and ready to take on the day! Sometimes a little patience and rest is the cure.

The juices were as delicious as yesterday – pear, young love, lemonade, green lemonade, and lemon lime smoothie. The lemon lime smoothie was a nice treat, much heavier than the other juices and a great way to end the day. It is nice to drink something a little heartier to make up for the lack of solid food for 2 days.

Not surprisingly, I imagined I could do a lot more this week than I did (the picture above is of my messy files that I keep putting off and not organizing). So the spring cleaning of my apartment will continue through the weekend and into next week. There is no rush since it is still snowing outside! Of course it can be hard to not feel stressed when there is still a long list of things to do.

Rather than becoming stressed by not being able to get everything done an approach to stress free organizing is scheduling 30 minutes of your day and pick one section of your bedroom or office. Then tackle just that one area in those 30 minutes. Doing this a few times a week will feel like reorganizing and de-cluttering is a breeze rather than something hanging over your head.

Try it out and see how it goes!