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Master Cleanse Retreat: 11-18 April 2020
Do you struggle with brain-fog, fatigue, constipation, joint pain or head-aches? Are you frustrated trying to achieve a healthy weight despite having a healthy diet? Are you feeling betrayed by your body?
Over time, as we attempt to make changes to remedy our ailments that either don’t work or don’t last, we come to think of them as ‘chronic’ and a permanent part of our lives. We start to believe that there is nothing we can do to change this.
The good news is we know so much more these days about the role a healthy gut plays in maintaining good health and in ameliorating disease and research is showing us how we can achieve optimum health by looking after our gut. The literature now speaks of the gut-brain axis; the relationship between our gut bacteria and our brain which effects our mental health.
Dr Michael Mosely has us fasting for our health which allows the gut time to rest and the body time to heal instead of being constantly taxed by working long hours digesting food.
The connection is clear – good digestion and a healthy gut are core to our health.
Yoga has known this for some time too. Yogis believe that the source of disease resides in the gut and, in fact, the very first hatha yoga practices were the shatkarmas - cleansing practices where the entire digestive system is cleaned and rested regularly.
Happily, these practices have been kept alive over the centuries, the details passed from teacher to disciple so that today, with the guidance of an experienced Master it is still possible to access these amazingly restorative practices.
When you clean and rest your gut, you give your whole body-mind a rest too. You are lighter, move more freely, think more clearly, wake refreshed, and have more energy.
It’s equivalent to giving your digestion some annual leave and you know how good you feel after a couple of weeks of holiday.
The great news is that 2wisewomen is again hosting Rishi Hridayananda one of the foremost masters of the shatkarmas in our Master Cleanse retreats in Bali and now, much closer to home, in Stroud in NSW.
This retreat is based on the Hatha Yoga Shatkarmas, the ultimate salt water party guided by guest teacher, Rishi Hridayananda. It's a rare chance to restore your gut health, wash away, both physically and emotionally, what doesn’t serve you, and then be nurtured and nourished back to full vitality.
The yoga cleansing practices that form the basis of this retreat are called the Shatkarmas (6 Actions). Taken from the branch of Hatha Yoga these practices are recognised as having a deep cleansing action on all levels of our being: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The process is an exact science and cannot be learned at home or from a book. This makes the guidance of an accomplished teacher essential to provide over-sight and care both during the practice and for the following week.
To enhance the experience, the retreat dates have been carefully chosen to coincide with the New Moon: a time of letting go and releasing; and the transition seasons of Autumn and Spring. It’s an ideal way and time to cleanse your body, clear your mind and recharge your energy.
Participants have a choice of 2 cleansing options depending upon their level of experience and any relevant health issues. Both options involve repeating a specific sequence of asanas (postures). Each repetition is interspersed with ingesting a warm saline solution, i.e. drinking 2 cups of warm salty water between each round of asana.
Option 1 – Lagoo is the short form intestinal wash, followed by Kunjal (stomach wash) and Neti (nasal wash). There are no specific prerequisites for this option.
Option 2 – Poorna (full) Shanka (conch) Prakshalana (to wash completely) is the long form intestinal wash, followed by Kunjal and Neti. This is known as the full master cleanse and is more suited to the practitioner who is already comfortable and familiar with the short form intestinal wash and other cleansing practices.
Pre-requisites for Option 2:
Following the cleansing practice (morning of the 3rd day), participants will be supported for the remainder of the retreat with a general daily program that will include a gentle morning asana class (yoga postures), sessions on yoga philosophy, Ayurvedic cooking and lifestyle workshops, Yoga Nidra (relaxation meditation), massages and plenty of space to rest and enjoy the tranquil ambience of the Monestary.
While anyone can practice these techniques, you are recommended to consult your physician if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, gastric ulcers or are pregnant. Please check the relevant box on the application form if you are planning to undertake the full cleanse.
Throughout the retreat you will be supported by a team of 5 experienced yoga teachers: Rishi Hridayananda; Sangita; Janaki; Agni and Girishaa plus Lisa, our wonderful massage therapist.
Stroud Monastery is a charming mud-brick complex built in the early 1980’s by volunteers and members of the Franciscan community. It is located on the edge of the historic village of Stroud in the Hunter Valley about 90 minutes north-west of Newcastle (not far from the village of Dungog) and is situated in a tranquil bush setting providing the perfect space to pause, reflect and reconnect.
The Franciscan values of simplicity, peace, hope and healing are ever-present in this beautiful place. In keeping with this the accommodation is simple and rustic. Most rooms are single occupancy and shared bathroom facilities.
Some of the features of the complex include a purpose-built (yoga) practice space, a beautiful mud-brick chapel, an amazing kitchen and lots of places to sit and contemplate. The cozy community lounge area has a combustion fire-place which is perfect for those cooler evenings.
Guest Teacher: We are very excited to have Rishi Hridayananda as the guiding light for this retreat and we could not be in better hands. Rishi has lived and taught the Hatha Yoga cleansing practices in India and Australia for over 40 years. She is without a doubt Australia’s most accomplished teacher of the Shatkarmas.
This residential retreat includes:
If you would like to find out more about the cleansing practices, the following references are provided. You can also contact us for more information or advice.