Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is translated from Sanskrit as the "science of life and longevity." It is the art of living in harmony with the laws of nature to preserve health and heal disease. According to Ayurveda, perfect health is achieved when each of our three fundamental biological energies are in balance, and through proper nutrition, rest, meditative practices, seasonal cleansing, and medicinal herbs we can revitalize our bodies physically, mentally and spiritually.
What does the Monte Vista Ayurvedic Detox entail?
This program is rooted in the wisdom of Ayurveda and draws from its recommended daily practices for wellness. We will eliminate meat, dairy, gluten, soy, refined sugar and processed food to eliminate common obstacles to healthy, easy digestion. The staples of the solid food diet will include organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains. By lightening the digestive load, you'll free up energy to be redirected to immune function and cell rejuvenation. After just one cleanse, you'll see the effects of this repair in the quality of your skin, eyes and hair, and after several cleanses, you'll notice that your immune system is significantly stronger. Each day, you'll practice a traditional morning ritual to reduce inflammation, cleanse the kidneys, liver and gut, soften the skin, boost circulation, rev the digestive fires, increase elimination, and reduce bacteria in the mouth.
Is juice included?
Juice is not included. You can visit a local (organic) juice bar throughout the cleanse.
Will I be able to work out?
You will move through energy highs and lows - some days you'll feel more energy than you've felt all year and you may want to run several miles, and on other days when you usually engage in vigorous exercise like weight lifting or power yoga, you may opt for a yoga class or a few twists and stretches on your bungalow floor. Each day, you are asked to practice yoga for at least 20 minutes, even if it is just a few poses you remember from class practiced alone. This daily sadhana not only continues to wring toxins out of the body, it fosters self awareness and self care, which really stands at the core of the program.
Is this program appropriate for beginners to cleansing and/or yoga?
Absolutely. The program is suitable for all levels, but most of the people that join the workshops have never cleansed before. This detox is thorough but gentle and guided every step of the way. You will ease in and out of the most deeply cleansing days slowly and will be instructed on the best foods to eat to ensure easy digestion before and after the fast.
What can I expect to happen as a result of the cleanse?
Our bodies are such powerful detox machines that in just a few days, you'll notice clearer and smoother skin, brighter eyes, a natural flush in the cheeks, a rosy tint to the lips, softer, fuller hair, a flatter belly, less gas, less body odor, more balanced emotions, a sharpened mental clarity and brighter outlook, and (in most cases) weight loss of about 3-15 pounds, depending on constitution and the amount of weight one has to lose. Because your body can process and metabolize food more efficiently after the detox, most keep the weight off and often lose more in the weeks and months following the program.
Is the detox appropriate for women that are pregnant or nursing?
No - it is best to avoid detoxification programs, especially those including fasts, while pregnant or nursing.
Is the detox appropriate for those with other health conditions?
It is best to seek the opinion of your doctor, explaining the details of the cleanse outlined above.
Will I have to stop taking my medications during the detox?
No, you should not stop taking your medications without first consulting your doctor.