Fall Cleanse


I’m looking out my window watching the wind whip the trees around, encouraging them to let go of the yellowing leaves that are clinging to that last bit of summer. As much as I want to hang on too, I know that fall is well on its way. Taking my cue from nature, I too, need to transition myself into a new season, shedding the excesses of summer and preparing for the fall. Following the ancient science of Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, the change of seasons is when we cleanse our bodies and prepare ourselves for the changes in climate and routine.

Ayurveda teaches that all of nature is governed by a balance of three basic energies called dosha. We each have a unique balance of these three energies, as do the seasons. As we move out of summer, the pitta season, governed by fire, our cells and tissues hold an accumulation of heat. This accumulation of dosha creates imbalances that, left unchecked, could grow into illness. This is why we often get sick at the change of seasons. The body has an excess of dosha and is adjusting to a new climate at the same time. Ayurveda suggests that the change of seasons is a good time to consider a seasonal cleanse.

So how do you go about cleansing? There are so many cleanses out there, it’s hard to know which is right for you. Some cleanses aim at specific organs such as liver or kidneys. However, for a general seasonal cleanse, I focus on the digestive system. The digestive system is the one that takes the brunt of the summer grilling, weekend parties and vacations. Our digestion can’t possibly keep up. By leaving a buildup of digestive residue in our systems, we’re setting ourselves up for illness.

In order to give the digestive organs a break, try reducing the diet to simple, easily digestible foods and freshly juiced fruits and vegetables. Juicing is an excellent way to get a super concentrated dose of nutrients without taxing the digestive system. Kitcharee, a traditional Indian stew of basmati rice, cooked vegetables and spices, is commonly used in Ayurveda for cleansing. Avoid any raw or un-juiced fruits and vegetables as these are difficult to digest, especially as we move into the vata season when air is the governing force and our digestive fire cools . Use kitcharee as the main meal of the day with juice, broth and warm herbal teas throughout the rest of the day. Your cleanse can last for a day, a week or even ten days depending on the amount of toxins that need to be flushed out. Generally three days is a good start for first time cleansers.

Cleansing doesn’t only pertain to the body. It’s good to consider the heart and mind as well. A cleanse should be a time for decreased obligation and more self reflection. During your cleanse it’s good to reduce or avoid all media, especially news, negative, violent or disturbing shows, movies and books. Create a warm, comforting space for yourself with soothing music, sweet aromas, art and nature. This is a good time to try meditation or deepen your existing practice. During a cleanse we shift from feeding our bodies to feeding our spirit. So go ahead and enjoy that bubble bath, get a massage, fly a kite, read some poetry, take a nap.

We at MOYO Yoga enjoy the company of others during our cleansing so we invite you to join us beginning on Friday October 19 through Sunday October 21 for the MOYO Fall Cleanse. We will meet daily at the studio for two hours to support each other, learn more about Ayurveda, practice some detoxifying yoga and share some kitcharee. Our Spring Cleanse proved to be a wonderful time of sharing and support and I look forward to participating again in this community. If you would like more information on the MOYO Fall Cleanse, please contact the studio. You will be required to fill out a waiver and you will receive a packet with detailed suggestions to help you prepare.

So before you dive head first into the new season, with holidays, celebrations and hectic schedules, take some time to empty yourself and make room for all the season has to offer. Wishing you a peaceful transition and a beautiful season. Namaste.


Lisa Scarborough

Ayurvedic Consultant



4335 Skippack Pike
Schwenksville, PA 19473
ph 610.584.1108

mailing address:
PO Box 511 Skippack, PA 19474.







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