your real self is awareness.
Detoxification & Healthy Eating for BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT
by Grace Van Berkum, R.H.N.
We don’t think twice about cleaning our house, car, clothes, washing our hair, or cutting our nails….. but what about cleaning the inside of our bodies? This is something that is often neglected or not even considered, but so imperative for a healthy AND happy life!
Detoxification is a process that rids the body of harmful pollutants improving our immune system and our entire functioning. Detoxing the body by going on a juice fast is a great way to flush out toxic germs, bacteria, and waste to slow down aging and help prevent disease.
Who Needs to Detox?
Everyone can benefit from juice fasting! Regardless of how healthy one’s lifestyle or diet might be, we live in a toxic world. We are regularly exposed to harmful chemicals in our environment. Many foods contain pesticides, preservatives, additives, and metals that are difficult for the body to eliminate. Pollution is in our air and water. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and other drugs clog the liver and contaminate the blood resulting in an unbalanced body affected on many levels. Moreover, negative or stressful thoughts have injurious effects on the body and mind. Our advancing world and fast-paced lifestyle that we are becoming accustomed to are disrupting our internal eco-system and taking a toll on our body, mind, and spirit. A juice fast can help remove these harmful substances and recalibrate the body and mind toward a healthier lifestyle and a more positive outlook on life
Our bodies naturally detoxify everyday as part of a normal body process. Detoxification is one of the body’s most basic automatic functions of eliminating and neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Most bodies cannot sustain the demands placed on them, which results in imbalances, diseases, and a decreased capacity to function optimally. When our bodies become overloaded, elimination processes are not efficient, organs become overworked and are unable to finish their duties, and toxins keep circulating in our systems. Body systems and organs that were once capable of cleaning out unwanted substances are now completely overloaded to the point where toxic material remain inside our tissues.
A juice fast can help the body’s natural cleaning process by:
In simplest terms, juice fasting allows the organs to rest and speeds up the detoxification process by focusing on the removal of toxins, acidity, and hardened deposits in the cells and body. Fresh juices are rich in live enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and alkalinizing nutrients for speedy absorption, helping to boost the immune system and improve digestion.
Fasting is also conducive to spiritual evolution. It helps bring clarity, peace, and a feeling of interconnectedness. Meditation, yoga, and spiritual discussions at satsangs offer the opportunity to enhance the journey of self-discovery and expand consciousness. Some of the indispensable benefits of doing a 10 Day Detoxification Juice Fast at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram is that participants are in a supportive group setting with qualified health professionals and spiritual teachers in the gorgeous, sunny Bahamas, making this life changing experience very enjoyable and empowering.
The 10 Day Detoxification and Juice Fasting Program starts with 2 days of raw food to prepare the body for detoxification, 6 days of juice fasting with additional cleansing powders, herbal supplements, and special teas, and then re-introducing 2 days of healthy, raw food to break the fast.
Revitalize yourself with the upcoming 10 day Juice fast in the Bahamas to cleanse the body and mind! click HERE for more info on how you can detox with me!
Maintaining Healthy Eating After The Fast
Immediately after the juice fast is done in May, I will be teaching a 3 Day Raw Food Retreat in the Bahamas. Learn how to create wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free alkalinizing, energizing meals in the kitchen while also learning about how vegan and raw foods help to heal on physical, spiritual, and ecological levels.
Wellness is not just about nutrition. What’s on our plates and what’s happening in our bodies is a direct correlation of what’s happening to our planet. Heal the body, heal the planet!
click here for info about my upcoming 3 DAY RAW FOOD COURSE in the Bahamas.
I am also assisting with a YOGA & SPORT course in May 2012
Grace Van Berkum is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Recipe Creator who currently lives in Nicaragua teaching people about health, yoga, nutrition, fitness, and the importance of staying connected to nature.
There are still spots left for my upcoming Gracious Living Empowerment Retreat with co-host Randi Smith in 3 weeks in Nicaragua!
Yoga~ Your Path to Infinite Power
Yoga practice is like an obstacle race. It is in overcoming obstacles that you find your strength and expand your capacity. When you encounter obstacles in life, you are faced with two choices. You can choose to stop or become unstoppable. Obstacles can be real or imagined. They can be large or small. Does a road closure send you back home or drive you to find a new path? Does losing a job send you into a state or depression or create the sensation of ecstasy that you may now discover your life’s purpose? Does the end of a relationship leave you feeling empty and insignificant, broken down or broken open to the uniting with your soul mate?
According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 1:30, it is the constant and continuous effort of overcoming obstacles that keep the mind sharp and engaged. Thereby protecting it from the real dangers: disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, false perception, failure to reach firm ground and slipping from the ground gained.
I love teaching and sharing yoga with the world. It is an amazing feeling to introduce people to the simple technology of breath and movement. It is like plugging in a lamp and turning it on after it has been sitting for years looking like a decoration. Suddenly there is Light. The potential was always there and the sky is the limit. The way you approach your yoga practice is reflective of the way you approach your life. You can see the weak areas as obstacles and stop or embrace the fact that you now know where to focus your efforts to become unstoppable. The problem is many people are intimidated by yoga or allow the ego to believe things like: I am not good at it, I am not flexible, I am overweight, I am too old, I don’t have the time, I went once and didn’t like it, I can’t do those kinds of moves, etc.
These are simply manufactured obstacles. It is just like learning to walk, talk, read and write. You must begin somewhere and accept the infancy stage is always the beginning. To begin as an expert of anything defies natural laws. You have the strength, you just don’t know it. You need to be challenged and tested to overcome your own limitations and strengthen your desire and will. Doing what is simple and easy is like a river that just flows without expressing its power. Put an obstacle in the flow, like a dam, and you can see its strength in the form of tremendous electrical power.
You are the water. Yoga is your path to infinite power! Feel it! Own it! Be it! Whether you want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, start a business, buy a home or plant a garden, the regular practice of yoga will give you the strength and tenacity to overcome the obstacles and be unstoppable.
Commit to discovering your Infinite Power and book by March to enjoy Early Bird savings!
Much love to Randi Smith, for her powerful contribution this week.
What a month it is has been here in the Bahamas! Went from a very busy X-mas season and New Years Eve at Aqua Wellness Resort where I teach in Nicaragua, right to the Bahamas for the 10 Day Detoxification/Juice Fast/Yoga Retreat, right into my 3 Day Vegan Nutrition Retreat! Phew! Busy, busy, busy, but also very gratifying. I love watching people transform on a detox, I love teaching people about food and how it affects the body, I love helping people become empowered in the kitchen, and I love watching people re-connect to their bodies and feel lighter and more calm from doing yoga.
Here are some of the highlights from my Vegan Nutrition Course. 15 students, 15 happy bellies, 15 minds looking at food in a different way! Om appetite! Next Raw Food & Yoga Wellness Retreat with me in the Bahamas is May 6-8, 2012)
What you eat affects your body, your mind, your relationships, and the planet.
change what you eat…..change how you feel.
the lovely Rachel, founder of Om Grown Greens….best sprouts I have ever tasted in my life!
you are what you eat. you are what you think. GRACIOUS LIVING.
for upcoming 2012 Detoxification Juice Fasts, Raw Retreats, and Yoga & Sport courses with Gracious Living in the Bahamas, please click HERE!
for upcoming 2012 Gracious Living retreats in Nicaragua, please click HERE!
Gracious Living presents three 7 day amazing, inspiring, rejuvenating retreats exploring the Gracious Living motto while connecting to mind, body, spirit.Retreats will include daily morning hatha and yin yoga classes on the beautiful ocean deck to energize, re-balance, and detoxify the body.Additional daily lectures or workshops designed to inspire you to be healthier in the body and mind.
Gracious Living menu includes organic, fresh, local meals that are dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and soy-free.
Free time in the afternoons to chill out on the private beach, take surf lessons, do jungle hikes, paddle surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, horseback riding, boat trips, or enjoy relaxing, detoxifying massages.
I can also arrange for trips to other colonial cities, volcanic islands, volcanic hiking, and canopy zip-line tours through the cloud rain forest.
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS WILL INCLUDE:
1) What is prana and how to increase it though yoga and nutrition for more energy.
2) Energy centres in the body, and how yoga exercises and meditations can help unblock negative energy in the body and mind.
2) Exploring the breath and how it affects the mind, and how the mind affects the breath. Learning how your breath is an indication of your emotional state and how you can change it. Learning how proper breath work can de-stress and reduce anxiety.
2) Connecting to your intuition and becoming aware of what resonates with you, while letting go of things that don’t serve you.
4) Basic anatomy and how a better understanding of your body will help improve your posture, your yoga practice, and reduce pain or imbalances. Also learn about your internal organs and how certain foods affect how well they work, detoxification and energy levels.
5) How raw food increases your energy, prevents disease, and makes you feel (and look) like a million bucks! Hands-on workshops that include raw, vegan smoothies, dairy-free milks, soups, entrees, decadent desserts, salads, and healthy Nicaraguan chocolate. Gracious Living recipe books included.
These retreats will help you re-connect to the real you. You will be provided with tools and information that will guide you in the direction of creating your Best Life Ever! AQUA is the perfect beautiful, transformational, nurturing environment for this life-changing
Beginners are welcome, dudes are welcome, all ages are welcome, past retreat participants are welcome….EVERYONE & ANYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND! All materials and recipes are new, fresh, and evolving.
$2300 single occupancy.
ANYONE WHO PAYS THERE 50% DEPOSIT BEFORE DEC 31ST, 2011 GETS $200 OFF THE RETREAT PRICE!!!
RETREAT #1: FEB 7-14, 2012
RETREAT #2: MARCH 17-24, 2012
RETREAT #3: APRIL 15-22, 2012 (co-hosted with empowerment coach & Tai Chi master Randi Smith)
I choose to live by choice, not chance.
I choose to make changes, not excuses.
I choose to be motivated, not manipulated.
I choose to be useful, not used.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.
I choose to excel, not compete.
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of the crowds.