Ignite your life, enhance your lifestyle

I came back from my Europe teaching tour on July 17.

It was an eventful summer, teaching incredible students, enjoying the Finnish summer with my girlfriend and her family, retreating in Chania, Crete, visiting my family in Israel, and teaching Thai Massage in Germany.
With travel comes the exciting features of enjoying meals with friends, family and new faces. Between pastries, morning coffee, home cooked salad, fish and potatoes, to my favorite addiction, swiss chess on toasted Finnish rye bread, I felt I came home round like a balloon.

Sometimes it is just a good idea to dive into the indulgence of eating.

To balance this indulgence, I entered a master cleanse on July 18 for 10 days.

If you are not familiar with the master cleanse, it is a simple experience where for 10 days you drink water, mint tea (from real mint leaves), Senna tea (from senna leaves) and primarily a concoction of:
Pure lemon juice, water, pure maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
You drink as much of this concoction a day, while drinking the other liquids as you see fit.
This is not my first master cleanse, in fact I have been doing a master cleanse once a year for the last 12 years, though this experience was profoundly unique in that I realized long held patterns, behaviors and attitude which I was able to face head on and use NLP practice to shed away.

Things like arrogance, insecurity in love relationship, self protection behavior that reflected in holding back information, as well as coming to terms with certain addictive behaviors.

We all have some of these issues, but most of us are willing to not look at them, and our friends and lovers accept them, so long as they do not cross over too much into their lives.
Cleanse, where you restrict your eating behavior, and slow down through meditation, is one of the most profound ways to be honest to yourself, and to take charge of your life.

On day 11 I entered a three day Watermelon cleanse, drinking only watermelon juice and water with lemon. This cleanse flushes out the colon, and it proved to be an interesting challenge.
Where the master cleanse I felt energetic and alert, the three day Watermelon felt like I was hit with lethargy.
I still continued doing my daily ashtanga, swim and walk, but it required every ounce of my will power to do them.

To follow the protocol of coming off the master cleanse, I then completed a 3 day orange juice experience, which felt like it brought back my energy.

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Today, I woke up feeling super alert and excited, and not just because I could have juice, which I will continue for the next 21 days, but simply because my body felt recharged and alive.

When I arrived home, my friend George Kennedy of Xango International sent me some samples of Xango’s new health and lifestyle products.
Before a Hot BikYAsa Class, I mixed my first Xango Ignite packet.

The sweet berry (from the mangosteen fruit) flavor was reviving, and the experience throughout the class was remarkable. I felt energized, awake and alive.
It was so thrilling, that I came home and mixed a packet of Xango Relaod. The coconuat flavor was so refreshing after the hot class, and my body was jumping in excitement at the absorption of those nutrients.
I followed this experience with a green juice, composed of 2 pears, 3 celery stalks, 2 carrots, a bunch of kale and a large cucumber. It made a total of 24 oz juice, which I consumed within 10 minutes.

I ran 3 miles, swan 600meters, and biked around the neighborhood enjoying the beautiful hot summer day.

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If you would like to follow a cleanse, or need support completing one, be sure to contact me.
As a holistic health coach I help individuals achieve their personal health and lifestyle goals.

I look forward to supporting you – email me at gabe@h3yoga.com

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WHY! Yoga Road Trip Day 13

Ashtanga is based on 3 primary things, where the most important thing is the breath.

Yesterday I talked about Lao Tzu, who said one of the most incredible things, granted a few centuries after the ancient Yogis discovered the same Truth. Remember, Truth is the same, it is what is, and it might have various means of expression, but in the end, what is, is, and what is not, is not, and no wishing will make it so.

Lao Tzu pointed out that from One born Two and form Two born Three, and from Three all were created.

Ashtanga in the end is an energetic practice and thus it is only about breath. Breath is the direct key to energy, and energy is the One that allows all to appear.

Breath gives birth to energetic locks within the body, the second principles of Ashtanga, being, “Bandhas.”

Where focusing internally allows the eyes to focus externally, and the third principle of Ashtanga is “drishti.”

Everything else, well, that is discovering how to move energy in moments that are challenging. In fact the practice of Ashtanga from a pysical point of view is condensed within Surya Namskar A. Everything else, that is just a show. A way of keeping the interest alive within the practitioner.

After all, Lord Rama pointed out that in order to truly rise above the chaos of the mind, one has to challenge themselves.

And believe me, it is intensely challenging keeping breath, bandhas and drishti through Sun Salutation A.