文：LIZ GRANGER(228期) / 譯者：蘇威宇
8/27-9/02 我在台灣 台南參加了七天六夜的蘇老師斷食排毒營，
7 days 6 nights detox fasting yoga retreat in Tainan, Taiwan - by Master So 27 Aug-2 Sep
Only one word can say about this trip,"Unbelievable"
1st unbelievable thing:
Prior to arrival, I was informed on the fasting meal program as below:
1st day -veggie soup for dinner;
2nd & 6th day - fruits;
3rd & 5th day - fruit juice;
4th day - nothing but you can have an option of either to consume or not to consumer water.
End up, almost every participant in the program chose the 4 days fasting as suggested by Master So, which means from the day we arrived, we stop eating for 4 days and the last day even fast without water.
This is crazy idea for me that I can't believe human can actually fast for 4 consecutive days! However I did it !
2nd Jaw-drop thing:
We have to drink salt lemon water every morning. This is the most difficult time cause the salt lemon water tasted like seawater! Can you imagine drinking 2000ml seawater every morning ? Seriously, the nauseous, the uneasiness created by the gastric made one wants to give up, but when I saw my classmates all united and so determined in downing this awful-tasting liquid, this kind of spirit encouraged me to finish it! Most pertinent objective is that this water can help detox and release most if not all the unwanted items out of the body, thus no matter how "horrible" this water can be, it all worth the effort .
3rd incredible part :
Stay away completely from hand phone/internet during this whole retreat! Be honest this is the best idea as I cannot deny that hand phone somehow is a negative device as it can at times disrupt my attention, in this case draws me away from what I am suppose to be focusing on - my full attention to the main objective of this retreat. On the last day they handed it back to us, I can't control myself and immediately turned it on and check mails/text messages, it disrupted my concentration in the subsequent yoga class. So, it might not be at all a bad idea to be away from our phone if we plan on going to retreats in the future, without the disturbance of the phone we could possibly find some level of peace.
4th amazing part:
Yoga and water. Master So Junior (the son of Senior Master So) taught us simple yoga pose twice a day which can help me (including most of you) to reduce my back and pelvis pain. Yes, now I have to be a diligent student, practice this yoga poses in hope that it will help to have back pain healed.
I am one who has never drank much water. Master So require us drink at lease 3000ml per day exclude from the salt lemon water. After practicing the art of drinking 3000ml water during retreat, I realised that drinking loads of water is very important in the detoxification of our body, in addition it could also help us to lose weight and looks younger. Now I like to drink water
5th thing is ...... I quitted playing Pokemon Go. Since I didn't play for 7 days, mind as well take it as a good time to quit
Result of this retreat is not all about how much weight we have lost, or how many inch we have reduced. What we have learnt is how to keep this healthy style going and be able to apply the knowledge gained in this program back in our daily life. As much this was not an easy trip for me, but with the determination and endurance that we have developed, upon completion this course eventually, I know I am mentally stronger than what I thought I was.
I hope my siblings and my friends can explore the idea of attending this retreat. Conclusion is - Detox and Rejuvenation!
Last but not least, thanks to all my classmates who stayed united, stronger and fought the impossible successfully. It was indeed a uphill challenge but we made it. Many thanks to Master So and his family who not only taught us alot, but also displayed the much needed support, the warmth and care which they have provided in the duration of this course.