by Wendy Kagan
Led by yoga teacher Sarah Willis and Glow on the Go juice-delivery-biz owner Kimberly Santoro, "Sparkle & Glow" will begin on Sunday afternoon with a 90-minute yoga session. Next comes a cooking demo designed to teach participants the art of making kitchari - the warming, wholesome mung bean and rice dish that is a culinary mainstay of Ayurveda (the traditional healing art from India). Participants will leave with a recipe tailor-made to their own health needs - and for each day of the cleanse, Glow on the Go will deliver three delicious, nutrient-packed fresh vegetable and fruit juices to drink.
"It's a perfect cleanse for winter, because this is the season for eating warm, nourishing food," says Willis. "It's also a great cleanse for people who don't want to be hungry." Kitchari is the only solid food consumed during the four-and-a-half-day experience, but the dish can be creatively adorned with carrots, turnips, zucchinis, and other appropriate veggies. "Eating this way gives us an opportunity to allow food to be medicinal," says Willis. The fibrous ingredients help to clean the digestive tract and allow organs like the liver and kidney to detox. As a result, participants might look forward to increased energy, less brain fog, weight loss, clearer skin, better digestion, a reduction in chronic pain in areas like the joints and low back, and, for women, an alleviation of PMS symptoms.
On day five (Thursday), WIllis will lead students through a gentle yoga practice, after which participants will "break the cleanse" with a rich coconut and cashew smoothie whipped up by Santoro. Mmm. See you at Satya on Sunday?
Details: "Sparkle & Glow"
Sunday, January 5: 2-4:30pm
Thursday, January 9: 7-9pm
Satya Yoga Center * 6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck