If you feel like your body systems could use a recharge, then Lunar Rejuvenation could be the solution. Two Maui health gurus will be teaching and coaching at a Hawaii Island retreat running Oct. 14-19. Jessica Quinn leads nutritional cleanses here on Maui and will be taking her popular Ayervedic expertise to the Kalani Oceanside Retreat. Yoga expert Rachel Gonzales of Body Alive Studio in Wailuku will take up the physical aspect of the retreat, leading daily meditation and yoga classes. The retreat will have a focus on aligning the body and mind to the lunar cycle, while cleansing with superfoods.
“The idea of this method is to recognize that the lunar cycle has a direct effect on our bodies and minds and when we bring more awareness to this connection, we will feel more in tune with our natural surroundings therefore bringing more peace and ease to our body and mind,” says Quinn.
At the six-day retreat, participants will enjoy three daily alkaline and cleansing meals, juices and herbs. Quinn says that in Chinese medicine, each season correlates with the cleansing of a certain organ using appropriate foods, herbs and cooking methods–in this case, Fall matches up to the lungs.
Quinn says her regimen will cleanse and strengthen the lungs using proper nutrition and the breath in yoga. White and/or pungent food (garlic, onions, ginger) are good for the lungs, as are other superfoods like spiralina, chlorella, cacao, goji berries and coconut. The ingredients come from local farmers markets and health food stores. For example, the “Wow Cacao Morning Smoothie” contains the following: tropical banana, blueberries, cacao nibs, fresh almond milk and cinnamon.
“The meals I’ll be preparing for the retreat are simple recipes that can be prepared and consumed on a day to day basis,” says Quinn. “The idea is to educate our retreat participants on proper nutrition in order for them to learn how to incorporate the meals into their daily lifestyle.”
One of the goals of the retreat is to use yoga and proper nutrition to restore the body’s pH balance. Intentional breathing and most plant-based foods stimulate alkalinity. Examples of alkaline foods include leafy greens, broccoli, herbs, colorful veggies, fruits and sea vegetables.
“By encouraging us to draw our awareness, yoga helps us to become more aware of all that is going on both in and outside our bodies,” says Megan Nolan, who teaches yoga at Body Alive. “By tuning into thought patterns that tend to repeat themselves in our heads, we can begin to observe our patterns or tendencies as (and, eventually, before) they start to happen. When we become more attuned to ourselves, we naturally become more attuned to the world around us.”
Other benefits to yoga can include increased muscle tone, strength and flexibility, improved bodily awareness, enhanced circulation and blood flow, stimulation of immune and endocrine systems, boosts to self-esteem and self-knowledge and improved concentration and creativity. There will be morning and afternoon yoga sessions as well as sunrise meditation opportunities at the retreat.
The retreat ranges from $1,050 to $1,450 but there is a special “Get your yoga cleanse on” pricing for $675, and a three-day package costs $350. There will be time for participants to explore the surroundings, and a planned group hike is included. For more information visit: be-nutritious.com/lunar-rejuvenation-retreat-big-island-hawaii or call Jessica Quinn at 808-268-2225.