The Yoga of Cleansing & Four Tips for Increased Vitality
Here are four tips to get you started with a fall time cleanse:
We often hear a lot about “inflammation” but what does that really mean? Inflammation starts on a cellular level and involves a cascade of chemical reactions in the body that lead to aches and pains. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body; our digestive system, our cardiovascular system, our musculoskeletal system and even our brain. We see evidence of excessive inflammation in conditions like Crohn’s disease, Alzheimers and Arthritis.
Learn about our upcoming 21-day anti-inflammatory program here.
The foods we eat influence these chemical mediators that lead to inflammation in our bodies. It turns out that there are foods that can change the production of these mediators and decrease inflammation & disease in our bodies.
There are many things that we can incorporate into our diets that will lower inflammation in our bodies and help us stave off disease. Please consider joining me in my upcoming anti-inflammatory diet program and learn how to take control of your aches and pains through food and nutrition!
Just by changing your diet, and taking key supplements, this 3-week program will empower you with the necessary tools to reduce inflammation in your body, prevent chronic diseases and improve mood. Receive the dedicated support of your peers as discover the path to new found health and vitality.
When: Sat. July 29th, 11-12pm & Sat. Aug. 12th, 11-12pm
Cost: $275 Includes support and informational meetings, booklet, recipes, and all supplements.
Registration: Dr. Hatami | 303-320-1174 | Email
Location: 3250 E. 6th Ave, Denver – 80206
“Center everywhere, circumference nowhere.” -Kaivalya Upanishad
What does it mean to be at the center of your life? Do you find yourself chasing an endless “to do” list that only expands the more items you scratch off? Both Greek and Yogic myths tell the story of a wrathful creature, who when slain, only multiplies.
It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of outer and inner expectations and lose center in the process. When our inner expectations do not correspond to the immediate reality it creates stress.
Sometimes we need to take action and address our situation head on. Other times the situation requires that we change our perception of what is happening, to lessen our demands on life and return to that centered place within.
Yoga gives us physical and philosophical tools to be fully resourced when confronting outer and inner challenges. On the physical level, one of the simplest things we can do is to check in with our breath.
We have all been told to be mindful of our breath in asana class. Why? Yogic scriptures describe an immutable relationship between the breath and the mind. The quality of our thoughts are reflected in our breath.
Asana helps to expand our breathing capacity. Breathing practice expands our awareness. With repetition and practice, we can shift from panic to placid by simply modifying our breath.
Slowly, breathe in through your nose for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 6 out through the mouth, pausing briefly at the bottom of the exhale. When you find your rhythm with this pace, stay there awhile and then up the go up to a 1:2 ratio (in for 4 and out for 8) with a brief pause and the bottom of the exhale.***
Do this until the tension the dissipates.
Philosophically, yoga teaches that we are always whole. Our essence is forever at peace, no matter what is going on outside. This is the ultimate goal of yoga, to align ourselves with the infinite source of the creation, to return to that centered place within, beyond any “to do” list.
From this centered, peaceful place we are far more resourced to affect positive change in the outside world, to serve life more fully.
Yoga retreats, such as our upcoming Spring “Return to Center” Retreat in Grant, CO, are a great way to return to center because they take you out of your element, remove you for the busyness of day-to-day life and force you to pause.
When you find yourself on the stressful outer orbit of who you truly are, remember to breath deliberately and marvel that your finite problems occupy a very small part of a limitless universe; the nature of which is infinite peace, and whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
Yours in Spirit, Tradition and Service of Yoga,
This unique retreat is co-lead by Derik Eselius and Beth Sanchez. With 34 years of yoga teaching experience between them, they have made a significant impact on the Denver yoga community, leading Yoga Teacher Training programs, and offering classes, workshops retreats that are affordable and accessible to people of all backgrounds.
Step out of your familiar routine and open the gateway to inner renewal and freedom. This retreat will be a remarkable opportunity to cultivate fresh insights and revitalize your core with the timeless practice of yoga. Join us as as we go beyond the ‘pose’ and dive into a multidimensional yoga practice; while surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Learn more here.
Where: YMCA – Santa Maria Camp Center: 51321 US-285, Grant, CO 80448 | One hour from Denver!
When: May 12th, 10:30am to May 14th, 12pm (home in time for Mother’s Day!)
Cost: Only $199 to cover the costs of food and lodging, making this retreat accessible to everyone, plus a donation at the conclusion of the retreat.
Register: Click here to learn more and to register!
In addition to ridding yourself of toxins and finding new vitality, there are many researched health benefits of cleansing. And we are doing a cleanse in Denver this month if you’re so inclined!
Here are just a few:
There are even more valuable benefit to doing a cleanse… letting go of foods, and old ways of eating that don’t serve you. We all have the tendency to eat more from our emotions and habits than from the wisdom of our bellies. By taking away what we are use to, we are left to become more conscious of our unconscious habits. Peal back stagnant assumptions and immerse yourself in mental clarity and freedom!
As a Naturopathic Dr. of 20 years and a dedicated yogini, I would like to look further at the relationship between cleansing and yoga practice.
The ancient yogis found that they could accelerate their growth and strengthen their character through the practice of “tapas” or austerity. Tapas, is the creative friction that arises from the restraint of desire. Tapas empowers us to shine more brightly! By practicing restraint we can find new reserves of strength inside of ourselves and build the fire of spiritual growth.
Another yoga practice that relates directly to cleansing is “soucha” or purity. Soucha is a principle that not only extends to our personal hygiene, but it also relates to the purity of our speech, thoughts and diet.
When we do a cleanse we support the body in ‘cleaning house’, thereby increasing our sensitivity to what is best for our body, mind and spirit. We grow more wise through cleansing and are more empowered to choose foods that will not compromise our system in the first place.
So next time you do a cleanse, or if you decide to join my upcoming cleanse at the end of March, know that you are not just cleansing your physical body, you are also strengthening your character and purifying your awareness. Become more conscious of what you put into your body and experience more peace and freedom!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Brenna Hatami, ND
(Axis Yoga Teacher Trainer)
Join Axis’ very own Dr. Brenna Hatami, who draws on nearly 20 year of experience as a naturopathic Doctor, as she leads you step-by-step into three distinct phases of the cleanse that will nurture your body’s innate healing wisdom.
Date: Wednesdays, March 29, April 5 and April 12 | 6-7:30pm
Location: 3250 E. Sixth Ave. UCC ~ Upstairs
Cost: $199 -Includes Supplements!
Register: Call or email Dr. Hatami | 303-320-1174 | Email
The Denver Yoga Underground began in 2003 at the request of dedicated students who wanted to study yoga as a holistic system. Over the years, a diversity of people, seeking education outside of a studio, found a welcome refuge in DYU.
Today we specialize in grassroots Pay What You Can workshops, accessible retreats and our signature yoga teacher training, for the outlier yogi.