Reflections on “Gut-Health-Retreat” on Magnetic Island

Mostly we hear that our thoughts influence our body and thus our health - and that’s true, yet the other way round is true as well..

When we were in day three of the “Gut-Health-Retreat” the participants started to feel the shift within themselves. Everyone came with a different objective to the retreat: from wanting to try out something different, to giving their digestive system a break for a while, to loosing some weight, to regulating and balancing their bowl movements to seeing if their arthritic pain vanish.

The intention I had for everyone on this retreat is to hold the space for everyone in such a way that every single participant can get to a point where they feel a door that they didn’t know before existed open up. And knowing the intention is the cause, this is very powerful.

On the retreat it was about feeling the connection between the body and your mind, or let’s say it the other way round as this is true as well: the connection between your mind and your body. Everyone on the retreat had an experience where they saw that the mind rebelled at something outside at some stage - for some it was the" “tight” schedule of eating fruit and drinking fresh pressed juices as described in the book “Gut Instinct - Mrs Snook’s Diet” ; for others it was the kind of fruit or juices on the menu, or just the fact that there was no choice as such because you couldn’t just go to the fridge and get out whatever you wanted - though everyone was happy that everything was prepared for them. As a consequence of stressing about the outer impulses the person would feel “down” or closed to the experience that they had decided to embrace initially. One moment the person was open to the experience of cleansing and refreshing the body and mind and the next they would shut down. - Remember we are talking here about the first 3-4 days that stir a lot in a person: physically and emotionally and the mind doesn’t know what to do with the first positive experiences and starts judging, because it is not a “normal’ thing to do, this kind of a cleanse.

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Most managed quickly to make the change in the mind to allow them to have positive physical experience. Because no matter what games the mind did play, the body did get the benefits in the end anyway: everyone lost some weight, blood pressure came down to normal, ph-level in urine changed from very acidic before to alkaline (in only one week) and pains in the joints disappeared.

As nobody was hungry at all it became quite obvious how much our mind governs our experiences and how important it is to become friends with our mind so that it works for us instead of being the master over us.
And that’s where the yoga practices came in that everyone enjoyed and benefited from.

In the morning getting in contact with the body through an hour session of asanas, before lunch calming mind and body with a session of Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation practice) and in the evening a sharing circle followed by a meditation practice to center and bring peace and acceptance to the whole personality.


Is there a Gut-Instinct?

Our microbes really create our mental state. It has been proven. Now that it is not just a saying: “ I go by my gut instinct”, but it is advisable to go by it as it has been described now as our “brain”. Well, there is a direct connection between the brain, the mind and our gut - the microbes that make our gut.

We all know that different foods leave us feeling differently. Not only that some foods leave us feeling tired as it is with so called heavy foods ( big meat and dairy meals), but they can also leave us with a dull brain/ thinking activity or other foods can leave us with a fresh and energetic or just deeply satisfying feeling. And all that has of course an effect on how we feel in general and particular situations. How we feel physically - from the gut through the whole body and mind effects our emotional state of being and thus the way we perceive situations and how we then react.

Yoga has always put an emphasis on light wholesome fresh foods and to eat only until the stomach is two thirds full so that the body doesn’t feel “full” and heavy.

Here is some more scientific background information to understand gut-health a bit better and maybe to get the spontaneous impulse to join as the last person the upcoming “Mrs Snook’s’s Gut- Cleanse” Retreat on Magnetic Island. (13 - 22 July 2019).


What do you do on a retreat like that? - You will be looked after for 8 days, getting the juices and fresh fruit as recommended by Mrs Snook that will start to shift the biome, the bacteria in your intestine and also will drop some weight if you have some to loose. After the eight days you can continue the diet at home or start a new way of eating to support what you have gained during the retreat. And for the first 3 weeks after the retreat you have weekly calls to support you in your ongoing journey.

There is a life after the gut cleanse. I recorded this a few months ago now:

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