Midsummer Rest & Reset 2024

Midsummer Rest & Reset 2024

June 18-22, 2024

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I don’t do cleanses. And yet, my body—the miraculous thing that it is—is always cleansing all on its own, through the natural processes of detoxification and digestion it’s been designed to do to stay alive. In Ayurveda, facilitating the process of cleansing ideally happens on a daily basis, through mindful eating and daily sense-care, which leaves us feeling energized, rested, and enthusiastic for life. But given the many ways our world may not be ideal, sometimes we need a little help when the undigested parts of life start to accumulate. 

Traditionally, Ayurvedic resets take place at the juncture of the seasons, called ṛtu sandhi in Sanskrit. Fall and spring (September/October and March/April, roughly) are the most common and potent seasons for resetting, but we also have seasons of our lives that deserve the same care and attention. 

The summer season (dominated by pitta dosha) can be overwhelming in different ways. On the one hand, there is an often welcome cultural opportunity to take a break from responsibilities—work, school, etc.—which is quite in line with the Ayurvedic perspective on how to balance pitta, which peaks this time of year. On the other hand, the pressure to “make the most” of summer can add intensity to this season of rest and leisure, exacerbating the qualities of pitta.

In addition, many of the foods and activities we gravitate toward during our vacations—irregular eating habits and poor food combinations, alcohol (and its non-alcoholic friend, kombucha), travel, and unpredictable schedules—all stand to aggravate pitta as well as vata, which happens also to be accumulating in the background, as the sun dries out our bodies and minds.

When we aren’t mindful of how these qualities are affecting us inside and out, we might find ourselves suffering from indigestion, moodiness, fatigue, and more, as well as setting the stage for a more difficult transition into the vata time of year come fall. 

In my ongoing study and practice of Ayurveda, something I’ve come to appreciate is how the doshas of the year offer support in not only what will balance them but also how. Pitta is the dosha of clarity, confidence, and pragmatism, and I find that this time of year it’s easiest to know exactly how to modify my routines to support the change in season—not only because my mind “knows,” but because my body is very clear in its cravings and aversions, and not heeding them produces just as clear a message of dissatisfaction. Hungry: must eat. Hot: must drink water or immerse in pool/shower/freezer door.

Perhaps you are doing these things naturally; and if so, good for you! Still, it can be useful to set aside time and space to honor those messages and prepare yourself for a season of rest before the busyness of summer kicks in.

Join me this June for a short and sweet seasonal reset, timed to align with the Summer Solstice (aka “Midsummer”). At this moment of the year, we are at the tipping point between yang (light, active, stimulating) and yin (heavy, still, nourishing)—in TCM, it’s considered “the peak of yang and birth of yin.” The sun will occupy our corner of the sky for the longest period of the year, which invites us to consider how we can use the yin we’ve built up during kapha season to our advantage: to buffer and protect us from the sun’s life-giving, but punishing, heat. Welcoming yin through juicy, hydrating, and soft foods and activities will also help protect and feed our agni, our digestive fire, which is lowest this time of year. 

We’ll gather in community to share a simplified diet and stress management rituals, including yoga, meditation, and sense-care, which you can participate in live or schedule on your own time if travels take you off the grid or into another time zone. You’ll come away with tools for deep relaxation and nourishment that you can turn to in any seasonal transition of your life. Together, we will practice letting go of what no longer serves us and returning to a place in our bodies that feels like home. 

WHAT YOU GET: 

  • 3 live zoom sessions (orientation, yoga, and closing) led by Jennifer—join live or self-paced; recordings will be provided and available for replay until August 1
  • Curated recipes, ingredient lists, and resources for the main reset and pitta season
  • Daily meditations, sense-care exercises, and prompts for reflection

A RESET IS FOR YOU IF YOU EXPERIENCE: 

  • Imbalances and sensitivities in your digestion, appetite, and/or elimination
  • Irregular or insufficient sleep
  • Swings, dips, or spikes in mood and energy throughout the day
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Seasonal depression or anxiety
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Pain, aches, or stiffness in the muscles and joints
  • Loneliness and longing for connection
  • Difficulty concentrating, keeping to a schedule, or completing tasks
  • Lack of inspiration or confidence in cooking and meal prep

Schedule

Day 0: Preparation

Monday, June 17, 2024

Begin simplification of diet and lifestyle to ready your body for rest

Day 1: Orientation

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Live zoom call, 9-9:45 am et

Welcome, introductions, intention setting/mini-moon circle, and program review

Day 1: Clear the Channels Yoga

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Live online yoga class, 10-11 am et

Gentle yoga with pranayama, meditation, and reflection to experience the support of the earth and space elements that balance pitta 

Days 2-4: Simplified Diet

Wednesday, June 19—Friday, June 21, 2024

Simplified diet of congee, soups, and/or kitchari for 3 days (recipes and ingredient lists will be provided)

Grounding sense-care rituals and mental reset

Day 4: Transition & Closing

Friday, June 21, 2024

Live zoom call, 7-7:45 PM EDT

Closing our reset journey in community, reflections and sharing, tips on integration of Ayurvedic principles and tools for the rest of the season—and beyond

COST

Midsummer Rest & Reset program—sliding scale:

Tier 1: $118

Tier 2: $98

Tier 3: $78

Early bird discount: Save 10% (off any tier) when you register by June 10

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Life is hard—if the financial commitment for the Reset is a burden for you, email jennifer@jenniferkurdyla.com to discuss payment options; no questions asked and no one will be turned away.

Got questions? Email me to determine if the reset is right for you! jennifer@jenniferkurdyla.com


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