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Detoxing is generally a short term diet, but can be extended for longer periods of time. Usually it involves minimising the amount of ingested toxins, along with emphasising the intake of foods with high vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients known to jump start the detoxification process. Many believe that you only have to detox your body physically. However, detoxing your soul is also essential, especially to kick off the New Year. Detoxing your soul will clear away bad behaviours, outdated beliefs and assumptions that may have become part of your daily life. Many of us carry baggage within our souls, this holds us back and leads us in a mindless circle. This baggage can turn into fears or phobias which are often unexplained and we rarely address, heal or release.
Detoxing the soul is an emotional and spiritual battle, firstly acknowledge the issue even if you’re not ready to deal with it. Then you can move on the healing the issue, this is where you will encounter a lot of emotional pain.  You will have to dig deep to discover the cause of what might be troubling you and to understand your fear or phobia. Mediation and soul searching exercises usually assist with overcoming these problems. The process takes time and patience to free yourself of the issues which you might be bottling up.


There are several cleansing breathing techniques used in order to invigorate the body and the mind. One in particular is kapalabhati which comes from the Sanskrit "kapala," meaning skull, and "bhati," which means to shine, or that which brings lightness. In a cleansing breath, the lungs are used like a pump to extract waste from your air passages. Cleansing breaths differ from other types of breathing exercises in that the emphasis is placed on the exhalation rather than the inhalation.
Step 1
Sit in a stable position so your head, neck and spine are vertically aligned. It is important to maintain a firm posture to limit any unnecessary movement.
Step 2
Take two normal breaths, then pull in your abdomen as you exhale. Perform a round of cleansing breaths by repeating this forceful exhalation 10 to 15 times.
Step 3
Keep the rhythm of your breathing steady, always placing the emphasis on your exhalation. The inhalation should remain passive and take about twice as long as the strong exhalation.
Step 4
Finish the round of cleansing breaths by slowly inhaling, then exhaling completely. Take one more full breath; hold the breath for as long as is comfortable, then exhale slowly and completely.
Step 5
Perform a total of three rounds of cleansing breaths in one sitting each day.

Step 6
Make each exhalation forceful, but without strain. As you become more familiar with the exercise, seek to increase the force and speed of your exhalations until you can perform about two exhalations per second.
Step 7
Increase the number of repetitions of breaths in each round gradually, adding about five repetitions each week. According to the Himalayan Institute, 120 repetitions in each round is an ideal goal for a cleansing breath practice.


Meditation has proven effective in reducing stress. Research has scientifically proven that meditation is a safe and simple way to balance your physical, emotional, and mental state and its countless values have been known and practiced for thousands of years. More and more doctors promote the benefits of meditation to cure many stress related illnesses. Everyday most of us experience stress in many different ways and I believe many people are simply not aware of the benefits of meditation or of how much stress we actually hold on to. But the real question is: How to meditate?
Make time  to meditate. Set aside enough time  in your daily routine for meditating; early morning and in the evening are often most preferable. Start with around 5-15 minutes a day.

Find or create a quiet, relaxing environment. Being surrounded by nature often works well for most people.
Let your attention rest on the flow of your breath. Listen to it, follow it, but make no judgments on it (such as "It sounds a little raspy... maybe I'm getting a cold?"). The goal is to allow the "chattering" in your mind to gradually fade away. Find an "anchor" to settle your mind.

Silence your mind . Once you've trained your mind to focus on just one thing at a time, the next step is focus on nothing at all, essentially "clearing" your mind. After focusing on a single point as described in the previous step, you can either cast it away, or observe it impartially and let it come and then go, without labeling it as "good" or "bad". Take the same approach to any thoughts which return to your mind until silence perseveres.


If food nourishes the body, reading nourishes the soul. When your spirit is in need of a lift, cozying down with a good book can work wonders in recharging your mood. Here are some of our favourites.
The Artist’s Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living  by Julia Cameron:
This international bestseller outlines very practical ways (morning pages, artist’s dates with yourself, etc.) to nourish your creativity and live a creative  life. This volume culls passages from several of her books, all based on the same theme.


Way of the Peaceful Warrior  by Dan Millman: This story may be fictional, but it offers powerful lessons in being strong in mind and spirit rather than in the body.

To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee: Voted as one of the most inspiring books, this title touches on issues of race, justice, class and growing up.

Siddhartha  by Herman Hesse: Those hoping to learn more about Eastern philosophy will find insights and inspiration in this beautiful journey of enlightenment.


Making sure you drink plenty of water seems like a simple rule of life; however, many of us continue to suffer emotionally and physically simply because we’re not consuming the amount that our bodies need. The benefits of keeping the body well hydrated are innumerable. Here are just a few good ones.
Healthy Heart Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

EnergyBeing dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired -- even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated -- and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.

Healthy skinDrinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won't happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.

Cleansing Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
Cancer risk Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.


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