Routine is something that I always shunned until Ruby Jane came along. Routine, how boring, how predictable. Yet I've learned that there is also something very primal about routine. Circadian rhythms are real, not just poetry in an R.E.M. song. There is a very real connection between the moon and tides and a woman's cycle. As there is about the changing seasons.
So it is in this cleanse that the morning routine is both comforting and very powerful in a supporting the body kind of way. The first thing I do before I get out of bed is an exercise called the 5 pranas meditation and then alternate nostril breathing. Then I get out of bed and do the Five Tibetan Rights. The exercises is one area where a weekend retreat to kick off the cleanse comes in handy because these exercises are very detailed but when practiced just a few times are very easy to pick up.
A cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice right of the bat in the morning is one of the best things for me, setting the tone for my day. It gets the whole body moving - quick. It's better than coffee to get things going. Seriously. It sounds very simple and sometimes its the simplest things that make the biggest difference. After that there is 2-4 cups of distilled water, distilled water flushes out the toxins that have gathered in the night. There is also tounge scraping, neti pot, dry brushing, and abayanga or annointing the body with oil.
With the distilled water I take 4 probiotics and 2 triphala (an ayurvedic herb for digestion). Then I make a smoothing of kefir, udo's oil, blueberries or strawberries that I bought fresh recently and froze them, some acai juice, unfiltered apple juice, hemp protein, and greens powder. That's breakfast. Yum. I'm set for the day.