Detox + Transformtion with Om in Bloom, Ava Johanna, and Sun Potion Elixirs

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DETOX + TRANSFORMATION
WITH OM IN BLOOM & AVA JOHANNA

featuring SunPotion Healing Elixirs

About the Event:
Join Colleen Grace of Om in Bloom, Ava Johanna, and Sun Potion for a mind, body, spirit detoxification at Sojourn Healing Collective on Sunday, January 13th from 12:30-2pm. In this 90 minute workshop, attendees will experience physical, emotional and mental transformation through pranayama led by Ava Johanna, an invigorating asana flow co-taught by Colleen Grace and Ava Johanna, energy clearing sound healing by Colleen Grace, and ceremonial detoxification elixirs provided by Sun Potion. All attendees will leave with a fresh mindset to take on the new year with excitement and ease.


At the Detox & Transformation event, we were so thrilled to hold space for all of our beautiful guests looking to reset, shed blockages, and set the foundation for transformation as we navigate through the first month of the new year, 2019. If you didn’t make it, here are a few notes you can try at home for your own detoxification & transformation practice.

Set Your Intention

In this practice, we encourage you to consider one word, one theme you’d like to release - to let go. Throughout your practice, come back to this word when you exert energy. Consider a second word - one that you’d like to invite in to your transformation journey. Recall this word every time you find stillness or a moment to receive the benefits of an asana or pose.

As you consider these two words, hold these as a token throughout your practice today. Invite in compassion, being patient with the self and calming any invasive or harmful self narratives that may occur. As humans, we often place ourselves in a state of “needing to be fixed.” Instead, may we consider that instead of placing ourselves in the need of help, may we communicate with the inner mind and body in a loving, tender way - as if speaking to a loved one. By simply creating a shift in the stories, the monologues we create to be more positive and thoughtful - can we begin to set a new foundation for which we may grow upon, like the sprouting of a seed.

Breathwork / Pranayama

Beginning a practice with breathwork like kapalabhati (led by Ava Johanna) allowed us to ground the mind, but invigorate the body to help us prepare for a more productive, transformative meditative state. Pranayama cleanses over 72,000 nadis or channels within the body, allowing us to jump head first into our initial detoxification process. We allow breath - oxygen - to travel throughout the body, improving circulation and rejuvenating stagnant energy which in turn, helps to activate the body systems.

Try a breathwork or pranayama form you feel comfortable with. If at all you ever feel dizzy, nauseous, or uncomfortable, take a moment to rest in a calm seat or even in childs pose to return balance and relaxation to the body. Hydrate before and after.

For Kapalabhati, find yourself in a comfortable, upright seat and place the hands on the lower belly, framing the navel. If this isn’t accessible to you, try sitting in a chair with feet firmly, but comfortably, on the ground.

  1. Let’s begin by taking a deep, cleansing breath to clear the body and notify the mind that we begin our practice. Inhale through the nose, open mouth exhale.

  2. On your next inhale, inhale deeply through your nose, filling your belly about 75% full.

  3. In a quick, fluid motion, exhale forcefully through the nose, emptying the lungs while drawing the navel in towards the spine.

  4. Allow your lungs to fill up as you would normally, allowing this inhale to become passive, with little to no effort.

  5. Repeat this process about 10 times, stopping if you feel dizzy or sick. Return to your normal, regular breathing and take a moment to consider the differences in energy of the body and mind.

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Yoga

Led by Colleen Grace of Om in Bloom & Ava Johanna, we designed a yoga flow specifically to help warm up the physical body through the asanas - the poses - in our yoga practice. We find sensation through movement. We essentially amplify our detoxification by moving energy and breath through the different body parts, pushing beyond our comfort zones (but not so much to cause injury), and challenging the body and mind to explore.

As we concentrate on our movements, we may enter a state of meditative movement - allowing us to flow energy in a contemplative, blissful state. We recall our intentions, our words, our manifestations, and begin to live and breath these intentions through our yoga practice. This is the launch pad for which we begin to transform. We shed negativity, and invite in abundant fruition. We invite in joy, creativity, and expression to help leverage us into new actions, projects, and ideas. We invite in permission to allow ourselves to grow.

Twisting actions allow us to metaphorically wring out the body, activating the internal organs into a state of motion. Challenging and breathing into the sticky spots of our limbs and joints allows us to attend to the mind and messages that the body sends.

Poses to try: Garudasana, Malasana, Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskar A, Half Moon, Lunge Twists, Warrior 1, 2, and 3, Bakasana, Savasana.

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SunPotion Elixirs

We chose two very special ingredients to include in our elixir for our guests: Chlorella and Reishi by SunPotion Transformational Foods. Try this elixir with hot water or a nut mylk of your choice.

Chlorella
We invited this beautiful algae into our blend to help detoxify by moving to rid the body of heavy metals. In turn, we welcome our guests into a state of neutral - of equilibrium - by nourishing their bodies with the abundant vitamins and nutrients that Chlorella has to provide, including iron, Vitamin B12, and more.

From SunPotion:
Chlorella, belonging to the division Chlorophyta, is a single-cell green algae containing the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll-a and -b in its chloroplast. The name Chlorella is taken from the Greek words, chloros: meaning green and the Latin suffix ella, meaning small. Chlorella contains high levels of proteins and other essential nutrients, including complete amino acid chains and also healthy fats. Chlorella, most recently has been seen as a new and highly promising food source. Chlorella is an all-natural supplement that may support fat loss and boost your energy while helping the body detox from heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.

Reishi
This queen healer, Reishi, was called in to promote transformation and support through new journeys. The energetics of this beautiful mushroom allow us to relax the mind, energize the intentions of the heart, and support our immune systems and internal body to help us persevere through the journey ahead. Additionally, this mushroom allows to age with grace - which as many of us may agree - aging, transforming, moving with grace and finesse is an excellent treat in any new venture.

From SunPotion: Reishi Mushroom is perhaps the most beloved of all precious foods. Called Ling Zhi - "The Mushroom of Spiritual Potency" in Traditional Chinese Medicine, It holds its place as an essential ingredient in a healthy life.

The Chinese have traditionally claimed that Reishi promotes calmness, centeredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. They have used it to improve meditative practices and to protect the body, mind, and spirit so that the adept could attain both a long and healthy life. Reishi is one of the most potent adaptogens available to modern society. Adaptogens are those herbs and substances that increase the body’s resistance to stress and help it overcome all health challenges more quickly. Adaptogens are defined as substances which positively support the body to reduce or increase the body's actions as appropriate. Reishi is believed by Japanese and Chinese researchers to have a regulatory effect on the immune system, raising immune function in cases of immunodeficiency and reducing the excesses associated with auto-immune conditions.

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Colleen Ordonio