30 Days of Transcendence;
A Program to Cleanse the Mind, Body, and Spirit
with JENN BEMIS
Oct. 21 through Nov. 19
Monday October 15th
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday October 19
7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
If participants are unable to make
one of these intro meetings, contact:
Cleanse your mind, body, and spirit through a guided, community-supported 30 day program designed to detoxify and replenish all parts of your Being. Embark on 30 days transformational yoga, meditation, and nutrition. This 30-day cleanse includes:
As we transition into fall/winter, the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter. As creatures of this amazing earth, we are greatly affected by the change of seasons, whether those effects are vastly noticeable or minutely subtle. And to honor this shift within nature and within ourselves, it is imperative to prepare ourselves from the inside and out, as a way to welcome, invite, and even manifest certain intentions so that we can transcend and transform in sweetly nourishing, devoutly fulfilling ways. 30 Days of Transcendence is about cleansing and detoxifying the mind, body, and spirit in a very special celebration of YOU.
There will be a Preparatory Meeting on Monday, October 15th at 4:15 p.m. or on Friday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. You do not need to attend both; but it will be helpful if you can attend at least one. If for some reason you cannot attend either of the Prepratory Meetings, please contact Jenn (30DaysofTranscendence@gmail.com); though they are not mandatory, they will be helpful especially if you have any questions, and/or if you are signing up for the cleanse because the handouts/materials that you will need for Week 1 of the cleanse (grocery list, expectations, charts, preparation for the 30 days, etc.) will be given out at the meeting, and participants will partake in the first round of goal setting (diet, yoga, exercise, meditation, etc.).
Weekly Meetings occur every Monday 4:15-5 p.m. and Friday 7:30-8:15 p.m., starting October 22nd—you can attend either Monday OR Friday for that week. You can expect discussions/Q&A, information, next week's handouts, journaling/reflection, etc. at these Weekly Meetings. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend, as these meetings are an integral part of the 30 Days, but exceptions can be made, and it is okay to miss a week, so please inquire.
The nutritional part of the cleanse consists of the following:
In addition, you will set a yoga and meditation schedule that suits your lifestyle and schedule. The intention is to practice yoga and sit for meditation every day, even if it's a short ten-minute practice of a few sun salutations, and a simple breathing exercise. The unlimited pass to YO is an added bonus that will help you achieve your yoga and meditation goals.
There will be a private Facebook page for members of 30 Days of Transcendence, not only so that everyone can stay connected as the week goes by, but also as a platform for suggestions, yoga/meditation videos, motivational guidelines, recipes, etc. that you all can reference throughout the week. If you do not have Facebook, I can email you the contents and materials that I'll be posting.
30 Days of Transcendence is designed to inspire you to realize the potential for you to be the most optimal version of yourself—to transcend all judgements, expectations, and limitations—through cultivating an awareness of your body, mind, and spirit.
Below is a list of common questions/concerns that have come up from people who were considering joining the cleanse in the past. You will be able to learn more about the cleanse through the questions and answers, so please read on. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email Jenn at: 30DaysofTranscendence@gmail.com.
Is this a diet? Will I lose weight after the 30 days?
Some people have experienced a change in their bodies due to changes in their eating habits/diets, and lifestyle shifts; but this is by no means the mission or goal of the cleanse. It is more about paying careful attention to what you choose to put into your body, how you treat and care for yourself, and a chance to pay closer attention to how you FEEL than how you look. At the Preparatory Meeting, you will have a chance to identify what your intentions, desires, and goals are for the 30 days.
I'm REALLY busy and I'm afraid I won't have time to commit to this program and that I'll fail. What if I don't have time to do yoga and meditate everyday?
To this, I ask, how many minutes/hours a day do you spend scrolling through social media, watching TV, or doing something else that monopolizes your time and energy with little or nothing to show for it? What if you spent that time caring for yourself—making yourself a healthy meal, doing a 15 to 60 minute yoga practice, journaling, taking 10 minutes to sit and meditate, etc.? This cleanse is all about time management, prioritizing your health and well-being first and foremost, and being honest with yourself without judgement or expectations. We will set realistic goals that are tailored to YOUR lifestyle and schedule. I've had women who were mother to three children, with a full time job, join an complete the cleanse with "success"—in my opinion, both success and busy-ness are relative terms that you can work with.
I've never done yoga/I've only been to a few yoga classes in my life, and I'm reluctant to jump into a program that requires me to do yoga everyday...
Everyone's practice is different—in length, intensity, and form. Your yoga practice may be doing a child's pose, a few sun salutations, or a simple 3-5 pose flow for 10 minutes out of the day. Or it may be going to a yoga class everyday, or a few times a week. The point of doing yoga everyday during the cleanse is to allow time and space for you to connect movement to breath, to connect to yourself, to make time to simply breathe.
I've never meditated before... The thought of sitting still for an extended period of time seems impossible... I can't shut my mind off...
The meditation practice (which is the most challenging for many) starts off in the first week with a simple 5-8min breathing exercise. Like everything else, we will gradually build up from simple, accessible places, and if this is where you choose to stay for the entirety of the 30 days, then that's great, too.
What do you mean by a "detox cleanse"? Am I going to be expected to drink all my meals and eat only kale for 30 days?
You are expected to eliminate certain things like caffeine, alcohol, sugar GRADUALLY. If you drink coffee everyday, I'm not going to ask you to give it up completely starting from day one. That's unrealistic and a big shock not only to your system, but also to your lifestyle. You will set goals to "wean" yourself off gradually, sometimes even replacing those foods/drinks with others (for example, black or green tea in place of coffee). The cleanse is designed so that you can ease into the entire practice as we get into the month.
I have something in April (a vacation, a guest from out of town, a party) that I know that will deter me from the cleanse... What if I "fall off the wagon"?
Life happens, that's a fact. This cleanse is not meant to deprive you of the things that you enjoy, make you feel guilty, or stress you out; it's meant only to nourish, fulfill, and optimize your over all well being. In fact, there are "cheat days" that you will schedule into your weeks for this exact reason. It's fine if you fall off your yoga/meditation practice and your diet for a few days or even a whole week due to life's complications/happenings. We will set goals and priorities each week regarding each aspect—yoga, meditation, nutrition/diet—to aid in keeping us on track, but these goals are NOT mandated laws that you must follow. You will see that a lot of the cleanse is about cultivating awareness, not rigidity.
About Jenn Choi
Jenn Choi has over 900 hours of training in several different schools of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Anusara, and yoga therapeutics (500RYT), and has been teaching since 2009. Jenn’s classes are infused with precise and detailed alignment cues, while keeping the fluid Vinyasa form of breath and movement within creative, mindful, and intentional sequences. Find more at: jennchoiyoga.com