SV 28-Day Cleanse: Arul’s Day 3

January 3, 2014

Yesterday was pretty tough. It was one of those days that would have been awesome, hanging with other parents and their kids, eating and drinking the day away. Sleep deprived and cooped up all day with seven kids running in and out of our place (we often host as we all love having company over), I started cooking a variety of foods in the morning so we would be well prepared throughout the day. Plus, I had done a major shop before the impending storm.

Luckily it was day 3 and I was still only on 1 shake per day so I could enjoy some of the meals I prepared. I made sautéed kale with garlic, coconut oil, black beans and avocado. Sooo nice and warming. Chicken and broccoli got me through the day and kept me far away from the pasta, pizza, cake and cookies that were being passed around the house throughout the day.

It was a long day, but overall a good one. I was happy to stay in all day and have lots of activity flying around. I remember what it felt like to be a kid and wake up to hear those magical words, “Schools closed today” just as consciousness embraces you and you sit up rubbing the sleep away from your eyes as the realization sinks in. “OMG, I don’t have to go to school today!!! I get to stay home and play ALL day long!!!” Such a special moment! Reliving it through my children was just as special as seeing it through the eyes of “the mama.” By the time my kids woke up I had already been on the phone working for more than 2 hours, but that was inconsequential to them. Before we lifted the shades, I put the 2nd half of last night’s Nets game on for us to watch. We had gone to bed before it was over and I had received several text messages congratulating us on our win. We are well known as the Nets Fan Family. So we put the game on. It truly was an extraordinary game and the three of us sat on my bed screaming and cheering as Joe Johnson swooshed the winning basket right at the buzzer. A great shared moment to kick off the day!

As the day went on, I grew more and more exhausted. I finally hit the sheets at 9ish. I woke up again at 11:30 and was up for 2 hours and fell back asleep till 7:30 in the morning. A MUCH better night’s sleep! Thank the lord.

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.

SV 28-Day Cleanse: Arul’s Day 2

January 2, 2014

Day 2 felt awesome actually! After crashing out at 9pm only taking some melatonin (those of you who know me know I have major sleeping disorders), I woke up at 2:30am and fell back asleep around 4 till close to 8am! I felt nicely refreshed and started my day, anxiously waiting till 5:00 when it would be time to go pick up my kids from school. We haven’t been together for the whole winter break (except one night when we went to the Nets game and WON!) and I’ve missed them a lot! It’s definitely difficult being a single mama and then, when the kids go away it gets lonely. Especially in the winter when there’s not as much motivation to go out and do stuff.

I took a very rigorous spin class by a teacher I’ve been trying out, Atkin, over at Soul Cycle. He’s tough. Militant. But he does kick my ass. Went to work, took a yoga class and had lunch with my business partner, Gabriel. In the morning I had my detox shake. I did the creamy chocolate. I’m typically not a chocolate lover, but really liked it a lot! It was super creamy and felt like it gave me an extra buzz. Lunch was salmon over kale and quinoa salad and for dinner ½ a chicken paillard with salad. I’m still new to the meat-eating part, but I’m following our modified elimination diet, which includes a few types of meat.

It was awesome to see my kids again and I was in a great mood. We all went to bed together at 10pm. Unfortunately though, I woke up at 11:30 and tried to stay quiet in bed with them. By 2:30am I realized that I was feeling really hungry even though I went to bed feeling totally satiated. I made myself a “Brain Food” shake and crawled back into bed with the kids. I finally fell back asleep at 5am and was awoken an hour later with calls from my staff trying to navigate who could make it into work, who couldn’t and whether or not schools were closed due to the storm.

It’s early morning now as I write this. The babes are still sleeping in bed. I can feel the extreme cold crawling through the windows. Schools are closed and on 2½ broken hours of sleep, I am aware this is going to be an interesting day ahead of me…

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.

SV 28-Day Cleanse: Arul’s Day 1

January 1, 2014

BABY!!!

Ok. So although I am not 100% back to myself, I am feeling LOADS better.

And yes, I DID make my bed this morning FIRST THING as you can see. My, what a difference it makes.

More exciting than bed making was the official launch of our SanaVita 28-Day Cleanse along with the New Moon in Capricorn workshop, led by Gabriel, the Director of our Pharmacy, Stefanie Weiss, our in-house Astrologer and me. Stefanie went through the Moon cycles and the influence they have on us. We set our intentions and Gabriel took us through the whole cleanse step by step: the products, the diet, what to expect…

It felt amazing to be there as a group, going through the process together and starting the new year in this manner. Today was Day 1 for me on the cleanse and it’s just the perfect way to let go of the past and look towards my future.

Stefanie asked us all to write down what we wanted those things to be. I would like to share mine with you now.

LET IT GO!!

1. The pain I carry over my failed marriage and the ways I feel I was let down…let it go.

2. My pain over my manly. It’s been nearly 2 years. LET IT GO!!!

3. My fear of being alone without an active partner who loves me whom I love back. LET THAT FEAR GO!!!!

BRING IT IN!!

1. My posture. I used to have the most impeccable posture. Since child bearing, I’ve noticed myself slouching more and more. I WILL regain the connection to my core that WILL, in stride, take me everywhere I need to go.

2. Sobriety. How different would my life look on December 31, 2014 than it does today? It’s not so much about the drinking as it is the lifestyle. Finding something different to do, new strategies to let loose, new places to hang out and people to link up with. And no more wasted moments feeling hung over. Never missing spin class because I was too hung over to go. ☺

3. And lastly, to learn to treat myself the way I treat my babies. With patience, compassion, protectiveness and OH…soooooooo much love.

Ready, Set, GO!

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.

SV 28-Day Cleanse: Arul’s Day Before

This is how I woke up this morning. Puffy eyed, bloated, swollen and lethargic as hell. For 2 days I comforted myself with food and now am really feeling it! Sure I made the wholesome stuff, chopped organic veggies stir-fried with coconut oil and garlic, etc. Smoothies. But then at night I craved the salty sinful stuff that I NEVER allow myself to eat. Bagged chips. I raided my kids’ snack drawer and this is the result. And what I had to do now seemed insurmountable. I had to get out of bed. Wash my face. Brush my teeth. And get dressed to leave the house. UNBELIEVABLE! How could I accomplish these tasks? How ridiculous a question after all I’ve stepped up to the plate for in the past. These simple mundane rituals are suddenly so difficult.

But I did it. For the third day in a row I did not make my bed. But at least I got out of it and out of the house. I missed spin class 3 days in a row. I signed up yesterday for this morning’s 9:30am resolution burn with one of my favorite instructors, Danny Kopal. I got a bike right up front next to him and was to ride my heart out for 90 straight minutes (classes are usually 45 minutes long). I’ve only done a 90-minute ride once before in my life and I was in prime condition to take it on. This was scary. After days of lying around and stuffing my face, feeling stiff and bloated I needed to face this challenge. And I did it.

Danny’s affirmations were inspiring and truthful as usual. All about surrendering, just letting it go. Whatever the IT was. And challenging ourselves to be the most outstanding we can be. Go the distance. Leave it all behind and ride toward our fullest potential in the New Year. Intermittently, I often find myself shouting out a guttural “YEAH!!” or “YES!!!” when I’m really struggling and what he says at that moment gives me the extra push I needed to march forward little soldier!

After a regular class I usually feel ALLLL better. Ready to take on the world. But today’s fix, although it helped me tremendously, was really just a first step to getting back to my own starting point. But it pushed me over the hump for sure. I was able to go to the center. Do some work and give myself a colonic to get some of the disgusting waste I could feel myself carrying around OUT! That helped too, but still there was the heaviness in my heart and I came home to work for a few more hours and get ready to snuggle into bed. But my friends wouldn’t have that and came to me so we could cheers the New Year in together. And so I got further out of my glum mood and half-assed made my bed. (I ALWAYS start each day with a freshly made bed. If you can’t even make your own bed, HOW are you expected to go out and do anything in the world?) I hadn’t made my bed in 3 now. It was another start upward.

So tomorrow I will go into the New Year in a much better space. I’ll sleep in as I stayed up till midnight (and a little after) after all. But I will NOT be a hung-over mess! And I will be gentle with myself as it’s my last day without my babies as they will come home on Thursday. I’ve missed them SO much, but for sure the show will be ON as soon as they walk through that door.

And each and everyday will get brighter and better as we passed the hump of the longest, darkest day of the year. Only longer, brighter days ahead.

And I WILL make my bed 1st thing when I wake up tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the new year of TRANSFORMATION and to seeing many of you tomorrow at SanaVita for our New Moon / New Year / 28-Day Cleanse workshop!

Happy Day 1 everybody!

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.

New Moon in Capricorn: You Better WORK

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”

— Marianne Williamson

If you’re the type that makes superficial New Year’s resolutions, or doesn’t bother with them at all, this year’s countdown to midnight might just change your mind. The changeover between 2013 and 2014 brings some of the most powerful, transformative astrology we’ve experienced in years: Don’t waste it.

This year, New Year’s Day is also the annual New Moon in Capricorn, the hardest working lunation in the star-charting business. This rather rare confluence between the astrological and modern calendar presents us with an amazing gift – telling us to get right down to the business of real, deep, lasting resolutions.

But before we start whipping out pens and making lists, let’s talk about why the last week of December has been so damn difficult. First, some necessary history about how we got here. Since 2012, the world has been rocked, rolled, and generally upended by an intense aspect called the Uranus-Pluto square. This world-changing, ongoing astrological event lasts through 2015, and we’re dead in the middle of it now.

Pluto is the planet of karmic transformation, the kind that can take years – you’ll never be the same again once it starts slowly rolling over you like a tank. Pluto has been in Capricorn, the sign of infrastructure and the will to power, since 2008 (the beginning of the global financial meltdown).

Uranus (the planet of shock and surprise) moved into Aries (the sign of fiery initiation) in 2011. If you want to understand the nature of this incendiary energy, recall the day of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. It was March 11th, the exact day that Uranus went into Aries, making it clear that we were in for a series of out-of-the-blue events that would force us to wake up and pay attention.

The Uranus-Pluto square pits the influence of these two mighty planets against each other, bringing us the revolution and upheaval of the last few years. Whether you’ve been paying attention to the news (the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Superstorm Sandy, etc.) or just noticing the escalating intensity in your personal life, you’re well acquainted with the evolutionary energy we’re working through.

This past week, it’s all come to a head as a series of planets have set off the square, bringing turmoil, chaos, and violence to the world stage – and much angst to the personal theaters of our lives. It’s as if everything you’ve ever done (in this and all your past lives) is coming up for an end-of-year review. It can be an exhausting endeavor, but the holidays often force us to contemplate the darkness of our history and examine our karma. It’s not just an exercise in existential despair – it’s an opportunity for healing and repair. This year the work of reviewing and rebuilding cannot be avoided.

Where do my resolutions come in, you’re wondering? Well, it is precisely because you’ve been in a major cosmic crucible that you’ll now be able to make the most of the powerful New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day. The changes you need to make are clear to you now – you want to shift the negativity, learn to grow, to stop those old, damaging patterns dead in their tracks.

This New Moon offers all the good stuff that Capricorn always bestows: The power to build foundations, healthy discipline, strength, authority, the clarity of your convictions – but it comes with even more this year. Because this lunation is close to Pluto and Mercury, touches off Mars, and opposes Jupiter, it’s bursting with transformational power.

If you’ve been following this series, you may have done the ritual we offered at the last Full Moon in Gemini. Begin the New Moon in Capricorn releasing ritual by opening and reading your letter within 24-hours of January 1st. If you’re joining us at our New Year’s Day workshop (4 pm @ SanaVita) please bring your letter, because you’ll have a chance to share it with the group.

If you’re just following along online or live in New York City, but can’t join us in person, try to find some focused time for REAL resolution-making on or close to January 1st. Even if you’re hung-over, make an effort to get grounded in the powerful New Moon in Capricorn energy, because you won’t get another chance until 2015.

Shared in service,
Stefanie

Photo credit: Astrolibrary.org

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YogaCity NYC_Arul and Gabe discuss 28-Day Cleanse

Considering A Post-Holiday Cleanse? Which One Is Right For You?

As the season of over-indulgence kicks into high gear, solid routines of wholesome living often get sabotaged by decadent diet choices that cause bloating, imbalances and just feeling out of sorts.

To combat post holiday digestive stress, a clease makes perfect sense. The problem is there are tons of them out there some great and some terrible, even dangerous. How do you make a good choice?

YogaCity NYC’s Elysha Lenkin sought out three different and highly respected detox programs to help determine which may be right for you. She spoke with Arul Goldman founder and director of SanaVita Holistic Center for Cleansing (http://www.sanavita.org/) and Gabriel Hoffman, the Center’s Pharmacy director about their new 28 day program. Joe Cross, of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/) about his Juice Reboot. www.rebootwithjoe.com And Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D (Ay), Medical Director, at Ayurveda. MD (http://ayurveda.md/) about the Ayurvedic detoxification known as Panchakarma.

Elysha Lenkin: What makes up your cleanse?

SanaVita: Our 28 day clinically nutritional cleanse consists of a detox protein shake, a super strength probiotic and liver caps. The goal is to comfortably detoxify the liver, reduce inflammation and rebuild the digestive system. In addition to the shakes, you eat a modified elimination diet. People don't realize you can eat and detoxify at the same time, and that's ultimately the healthiest way to do it -- it’s what will stick for the long term.

Joe Cross: During a Reboot, you’ll commit to consuming only fruit and vegetable juices for a period of time to ultimately help you break a cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and enhance the quality of your diet. You’ll have warm lemon water in the morning, about 4 – 5 juices throughout the day, a coconut water, and lots of water. Juices that are only vegetables might be a little too strong for a juicing novice, so any juices that are loaded with greens but also have an apple or a pear with lemon are great choices. Juices with carrots and oranges also seem to be a favorite because they are sweet and appealing to the eye! Just make sure throughout your Reboot you are following the Reboot Golden Rule which is: consume 80% veggies and 20% fruit.

Scott Gerson: One of the important features of Panchakarma is that it is individualized. Everybody must first have an initial evaluation to decide exactly which herbs, oils and procedures to use. The Panchakarma therapies are therapeutic vomiting to expel excessive accumulation of toxins from the stomach and the respiratory system. Laxative therapy to purify the liver, the gall bladder and the small intestine. Herbal enemas to purify and nourish the large intestines and the rectum, and the administration of medicated oils and powders through the nose to cleanse and strengthen the sinuses, draw toxins from the neck and also from the cranial region. We basically use all the different orifices of the body, and we up regulate their natural eliminative functions. Panchakarma clients also eat simple easily digested food 2 or 3 times daily.

EL: What kinds of activities will support the cleanse?

SV: The bottom line is the more you sweat, the more you're going to eliminate toxins. Personally, what I love about this cleanse is I don’t have to slow down. I can still be a full time single mom, run a 7 day a week business, go to yoga, spin and dance, and socialize. Whatever is your typical, you can keep doing! Here at SanaVita we provide cleansing services – colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic drainage therapy, ionic footbaths, biofeedback and Reikki to help support the detox. And for those 28 days, our cleansing clients can receive any of those services for a 27% discount.

JC: Moving your body with light activities can be beneficial during a 3 Day Reboot but you have to listen to your body. Yoga is an excellent choice during a Reboot! I reckon it’s one of the best workouts to do when you are Rebooting because it helps you relax but also moves your body to assist the elimination of toxins.

SG: The three most important activities which are emphasized in all the ancient text without exception when one is undergoing Panchakarma is 1. Rest, 2. Rest, 3. Rest. You also want to indulge in fairly light exercises, and stay hydrated. Panchakarma retreats are designed to make all these activities extremely convenient to follow.

EL: What kinds of results have you seen from the cleanse?

SV: Energy levels rise pretty quickly. Cravings subside. And weight loss. When you’re on a program with consistent protein for 28 days, the weight loss you'll experience is a result of healthier metabolism and blood sugar balance. If you commit to the 28 days, you can transform your health.

JC: When you consume only juice, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help your body stay strong and vibrant. A 3 Day Reboot can be a gateway to change your eating habits and lifestyle for good. Many people share that they lose weight, their mind is clearer, they feel more energized and their skin is brighter.

SG: The result is a release of emotional negativity as well as the physical toxins. Once these old patterns begin to release, space opens up for the seeding and growth of fresh new energies and perceptions. As a result Panchakarma can profoundly and positively effect one’s physical, psychological and spiritual growth.

EL: How can the benefits from the cleanse be sustained once it’s over?

SV: Since 28 days is long enough to change a habit, you’re actually building a post-cleansing lifestyle while cleansing. After eliminating certain things from your diet you may decide you don’t want them once the cleanse is over. You can also replace the detox shake with a protein shake and take a daily probiotic.

JC: By continuing to consume juices on a regular basis, you’ll help to sustain the amazing benefits. You’ll notice that your body will start to crave them so you won’t want to give them up. When you reintroduce food back into your body, do it slowly. Stick to only fruits and veggies the first few days and then gradually start to add in more whole foods like nuts, beans, and seeds, and eventually add in the foods your body enjoys eating. You’ll notice you may not want to eat the burger and fries and if you do you’ll feel like rubbish.

SG: There are activities that are done for the month following Panchakarma which are very important called Pashakarma. It’s actually very simple. Correct diet. Correct exercise regimen. Correct sleep. Correct behavior. In general correct living is what Ayurveda prescribes for sustaining the benefits from Panchakarma.

EL: How can we get started on your program?

SV: On Jan 1st we will begin our group detoxs with the moons. For the launch on 1/1/14 – we’re offering one complimentary colonic or biofeedback session. 

JC: My new book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, will soon be available for purchase. It’s filled with tons of information around juicing, Reboot plans with detailed shopping lists, my favorite recipes, and everything to help you feel and look amazing. HYPERLINK "http://www.rebootwithjoe.com"

SG: The traditional way to do Panchakarma is for people to come to a facility and stay there. My next Panchakarma retreats will be February 6—9, 2014 and Mar 20 -23, 2014. I also see people on an outpatient basis. For more information, click here.

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Announcing: SanaVita’s 28-Day Cleanse

New Year, New Cleanse, New You

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of SanaVita’s 28-Day Cleanse on today’s powerful Full Moon in Gemini, the last lunation of 2013.

Yes, 28 days. Just like one cycle of the Moon. You can do it.

We’ll be here for you every step of the way.

The exclusive program ― including shakes and supplements ― is carefully designed to detox safely and efficiently. You will be able to eat food and maintain well-rounded nutrition so you can move towards your optimal body weight while maintaining strength and energy.

This balanced and longer approach allows for a deeper overall detox. You will create new lifestyle habits that are sustainable. We want you to feel great during the cleanse and long after the 28th day.

Sign up for the 28-day cleanse and / or our New Year’s Day workshop by December 25 and get a free Colonic or Biofeedback session.

Products

The Detox Shake: A dietary supplement that detoxes the liver in two phases, reduces inflammation and heals the gut

The Liver Caps: A formulation that supports detoxification and antioxidant activity

The Probiotic Super Strength: A well-rounded, high-potency probiotic that boosts immunity

Roadmap

Comprehensive Booklet: Everything you need to know about using shakes and supplements and following a modified elimination diet.

Expert Advice

Ongoing Support: For the duration of the cleanse, you can call or email us with questions you may have along the way.

Discount Services

Detox Treatments: To take your cleanse to an even deeper level, get as many detox treatments as you like, all for 27% off:

Colon Hydrotherapy
Lymphatic Drainage
Biofeedback
Ionic Footbaths

Astrology: For those who wish to sync their cleanse with the cycles of the moon and learn how lunar energy affects your own chart and inner rhythms, we invite you to consult with Stefanie Weiss, SanaVita’s in-house astrologer.

During your cleanse, get a personalized astrology reading with Stefanie for 27% off.

In preparation for the cleanse (and to help you manifest your intentions in 2014), perform a powerful Lunar Renewal Ritual for today’s Full Moon in Gemini, the last lunation of 2013.

New Year’s Day Workshop

It’s rare and auspicious when the New Moon falls on New Year’s Day.

Take advantage of this powerful moment and start your cleanse January 1.

SanaVita Directors, Arul Goldman and Gabe Hoffman along with in-house Astrologer, Stefanie Weiss, will lead a donation-based New Year’s Day workshop to get you ready to embark on your 28-day cleansing journey. Stefanie will also share tips to use the moon in your daily life.

Date: January 1, 2014
Time:
4:00 pm
Place:
SanaVita | 145 East 16th Street (between Irving Place & Third Avenue)

Sign up for the 28-day cleanse and / or workshop by December 25 and get a free Colonic or Biofeedback session.

Starting in January, SanaVita’s 28-Day Cleanse will also be available for purchase on SanaVita.org.

For more information, please call or email us.
212-777-4900 | info@sanavita.org

Full Moon in Gemini: Dancing with Duality

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-Day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Two weeks ago we talked about the gypsy spirit of the New Moon in Sagittarius. Now we find ourselves enmeshed in the energy of the Archer’s opposite: the Full Moon in Gemini, exact at 1:28 AM EST on December 17th, 2013. (This is how the lunar cycle works ― when the Sun is in any sign, the Full Moon is in its opposite constellation. Aries opposes Libra, Taurus opposes Scorpio, Gemini opposes Sagittarius, Cancer opposes Capricorn, Leo opposes Aquarius, and Virgo opposes Pisces.)

Sagittarius revealed the big picture and asked us to think about our worldview ― our reigning philosophy. Its mantra is “I Perceive” while Gemini, the sign of duality, versatility, and curiosity, carries the tagline “I think”. When Gemini energy grows up, it gets to act like Sagittarius ― strong in its convictions, and not given to distractions. No matter what, Geminis (or people with concentrations of planets in Gemini) tend to be smart as a whip, and the smoothest talkers you’ve ever met. They ooze charm, and keep you busy with their synaptic gymnastics. They can get you mentally whipped in an instant.

Gemini rules the lungs, reminding us how important it is to breathe full and deep, not shallow and weak. And paying close attention to our breath tells us even more ― that Gemini energy requires us to ground in meaningfulness, to truly listen. Not just to others, but to our own inner voice. Gemini, at its worst, is superficial and banal. At this Full Moon, it’s important to avoid the tendency to gossip and chitchat. Give up the distractions and the minor data for deeper truths and revelations.

Think back to about six months ago, during the days and weeks around the last New Moon in Gemini, which took place on June 9th this year. What were you thinking, talking, worrying and writing about? Take a look back at your journal if you keep one, or even review your emails and texts during that time. Now, six months later, all of that is coming up for review. You’re in the cosmic dark room now, finally developing the film of the pictures you shot a half a year ago.

Now that we’re on the cusp of the Winter Solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in a different frame of mind ― one that’s equal parts somber and serious (because we’re approaching Capricorn) and full of holiday cheer. As a collective, we embody the duality of the Gemini energy, in part, because some of us are lonelier at the holidays, even if we’re surrounded by parties and mistletoe. But it’s also a wonderful opportunity for healing and clearing, using communication, Gemini’s area of expertise.

Your Full Moon in Gemini Releasing Ritual

Taking into account your review of last June (as mentioned above), find a quiet moment (absolutely distraction-free ― shut off your phone) and prepare to write in longhand. Whether you usually write in a journal or want to use stationery or a fresh notebook, this ritual requires you to feel a paper and pen in your hands, to get the energy moving from your brain, through your arm, to your fingers, and finally to the page.

You’re about to write yourself a letter, one that only you can open. Have an envelope nearby, because you’re going to want to sign and seal this ― but delivery will come in exactly two weeks. Begin to free-write, making sure not to stop your hand from moving ― even if you feel like you’re not writing anything important, keep going. Eventually you’ll deposit a few nuggets of precious gold on that page. Tell yourself what you want to manifest in 2014, or even what you’d like to accomplish during the next few weeks between the Full Moon in Gemini and the New Moon in Capricorn, arriving exactly on New Year’s Day, in a bit of perfect astrological symmetry.

Open your letter on January 1st. You can read it to yourself, a friend or lover, or perhaps share it with the group, if you join us at our workshop, taking place at 4 pm on January 1st, at SanaVita. (Don’t forget to save the letter, because in another six months, the cycle begins all over again.)

More information on the workshop and SanaVita’s 28-Day Cleanse can be found here.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a consultation.

Shared in Service,
Stefanie

Lunar Renewal for the New Moon in Sagittarius: We All Need a Miracle Everyday

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-Day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

— Albert Einstein

The New Moon in Sagittarius arrives on Monday, December 2nd, restoring our hope and optimism at long last. After the past few months of massive turmoil in the stars, this lunation is one we’ll all welcome with open arms.

Sagittarius is the sign of freedom, wanderlust, and unbridled enthusiasm. It’s where you find both your inner gypsy spirit and your tendency to overindulge. It’s about going big, bigger, and bigger still – you want to take things all the way or nowhere at all. Sagittarius is about seeing the world, honing your worldview, and opening your mind as wide as you dare. It’s also about enormous peals of laughter – the kind that rises up from your belly and can’t be restrained. But most of all and for our current moment, Sagittarius is about believing in miracles.

This year, miracles loom even larger in our collective imagination. You probably heard ad nauseum about “Thanksgivingukkah” this week – that rare confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, an event that won’t take place for another 78,000 years. All hokiness aside, this fake holiday is actually instructive for the moment we’re sharing right now. Hanukkah is all about miracles and finding your inner light – letting hope guide the way, even when there seems to be darkness all around. When you bring gratitude, via Thanksgiving, into the mix, you have the perfect Sagittarius blend – the higher octave of this miraculous constellation.

Yet, as with all lunations, it’s important to heed some caution at the Sagittarius New Moon. It’s no cosmic accident that the holiday season coincides with Sagittarius season – the time of year when we crave more of everything – from rich food (hello pumpkin pie) to material junk to attention from family members that are stingy with their love. It’s why you might get drunk and say things you don’t mean (or things you really mean, but would never say while sober) at holiday parties. Even if you’re usually budget-conscious, it’s easy to fall prey to addictive spending patterns now.

The “too much is never enough” theme prevails. Sagittarius expands whatever it touches, so if you’re in a toxic, addictive pattern with alcohol, food, or a co-dependent relationship, it can be magnified now. The healthiest way to approach this Sagittarian moment is to remember that moderation is key with everything. Working too much, drinking too much, eating too much, even exercising too much – each one of these excesses can have major consequences. Listen to and respect your inner hunger, and don’t deny yourself the things you crave.

Instead, come to them from a place of knowing you already have enough. Curiosity should drive you now – not fear of scarcity. The New Moon in Sagittarius teaches us that we will always have what we need, even at our darkest moments. Abundance is already yours, if you just look within.

Your New Moon in Sagittarius Releasing Ritual

Any time from three days before to three days after the New Moon on December 2nd, make two lists: one that says: I Want More, and one that says I Have Enough.

Notice which items appear on both lists at once. For the next two weeks (between now and the Full Moon in Gemini on December 17th), take action to move items from the I Want More list to the I Have Enough list. And give yourself the freedom to have fun – it’s the holidays!

Shared in service,
Stefanie

Lunar Renewal: Release Rituals for Manifestation and Letting Go

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident Astrologer. Starting in January, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-Day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

For a sense of how to make this happen, here is a (slightly amended) excerpt from a recent article I wrote for astrology.com.

Tuning into the Moon to fuel intuition and connect to your body is always healthy and can be extremely fruitful, but you probably didn’t know that you can use lunar energy as an adjunct to your calendar — think of it as your iCal in the sky. It’s especially potent and useful for projects that require you to tap into your emotions and subconscious thoughts.

Moon cycles work in two ways, for monthly planning, in two-week chunks, and also for planning ahead — looking toward six months from now for longer-term goals. Find out when the next New Moon takes place, and mark it on your calendar. This is your moment of initiation – new beginnings, planting seeds. The New Moon continues to be potent three days after it is exact, but the energy is more available beforehand, and in the hours leading up to the exact New Moon — that’s why it’s a good idea to note the exact moment in your time zone.

Next is the potent Full Moon, which is often a very intensely emotional time — a moment of release. Like the New Moon, it’s even more powerful during the three days leading up to it, and it’s worthwhile to note the exact time of the lunation. You may even want to do a kind of releasing ritual on the day of the Full Moon, to let go of any negative energy or fear you’ve held onto since you first initiated your project. By now, you know what your work looks and feels like — it’s come fully to life.

Today, Sunday, November 17th, the initiation/release energy is brought to us by the Full Moon in Taurus, symbolizing the sensual world.

Taurus is an Earth sign, and at its highest potential it can help us to feel grounded, strong, and safe. But the flip side of Taurus energy is excess – usually in the form of food and drink, but sometimes shopping and sex. The Full Moon in Taurus offers a moment to ritualize a release from the toxins we’ve taken in during the last six months. Let go of fear of loss, of the craving for material goods you don’t truly need, and of any tendency to eat emotionally. This energy is ideal for setting an intention and starting a cleanse — one that addresses the needs of your body, creative spirit, and soul.

Leading up to January 1st, I’ll be sharing the energy of each New and Full Moon with you in this space, so you can get your own ritual going.

I’m really excited to begin this journey with you.