Oct 8, 2018
In the chaotic and stimulating
modern age, we often find ourselves living in our minds rather than
our bodies. This can lead us to getting out of sync with the habits
that allow us to thrive. Richard Hudak began his detox journey with
Yogidetox in the fall of 2010, and has regularly returned to the
practice seasonally ever since. When he began this transformation,
he was 45 lbs heavier and out of tune with his body.
The Yogidetox program
has provided him with a support community that has guided him
through a powerful mental and physical transformation.
Richard and Jessica
talk about how people may feel resistant when it comes to starting
such a detox program. Overcoming this resistance is critical,
whether it be with a support buddy or due to a sudden change in
mindset. Richard’s personal journey involved getting more in touch
with his physical activity needs by practicing cycling regularly.
He found himself in 100k races not for the competition, but for the
satisfaction of doing it for himself.
As the weight fell off and his health habits improved, Richard
found his body naturally pulling him into the seasonal detoxes.
With a better connection between his mind and body, Richard has
been able to transform his mental and physical well-being. Learn
how you can do the same for yourself with Yogidetox!
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
to achieve weight loss through detoxing
support is necessary when cleansing
regular detoxing is so powerful
Links Mentioned in the Episode:
- In a detox experience, we want to avoid focusing on weight loss
too much because it is such a narrow goal. We want to instead focus
on the long-term habits we can instill in ourselves.
- While Yogidetox may seem like an individual experience, it
actually is strongly based on the online support community. Once
people step into the process and the forums, they recognize
themselves as people that are contributing to a group traversing
similar health journeys.
- People have resistance when it comes to beginning things such as
yoga or starting cleanses. Ensuring accountability buddies to join
with you or even to simply provide support leads to more probably
- Richard describes how after regular detoxing, his body has a
sense for the seasonal change and a desire for the detox. By
accustoming our bodies to these cleansing periods, we can naturally
feel our bodies pull us into seasonal detoxing.
All of us have a tendency to live more in our heads. With all the
stimulus and rushing in a modern world, these cleanses allow us to
live more in tune with our bodies.
involves taking ownership of yourself - where you are and where you
want to be. “ - Jessica Graham Robinson
- “ Its
me coming into something that I clearly have enjoyed and being
better that.” - Richard Hudak
- “Sound mind, sound body.” - Richard
- “Adding in the Yogidetox was another layer,
another piece, another supportive practice.” - Richard
- “I got this! The meal will
return! I will nourish myself when the time is right.” - Richard
Richard Hudak "Talking
My first one was
fall of 2010. Also done other detoxes with other practitioners
other than Kate.
We all had
transformational experiences. Getting better at listening and doing
what our bodies want. This has been a really big journey for you.
Physical journey as well.
2:30 - I started practicing yoga at the end of 2005,
certainly began a transformation. Doing the detox was complimentar
to that. Trimming down, but wasn’t losing weight. Adding muscle,
but adding in the yogidetox was another layer, andother, piece,
andother supportive practice.” This spring was another deeper
spiral in, and for me it kind of propelled me back into my love of
road bycyling. Used lightness to do this. 100k charity ride.
Athletic events, not competitive, but this is a different side of
me I am experiencing.
4:40 - Big shifts in what he wants to do with
Teacher says to think of ourselves as athletes.
Schedules supportive practices for yourselves. 25 years ago it was
commuting. But to reengage that. “ Its me coming into something
that I clearly have enjoyed and being better that.”
- 6:40 - dont want to focus on weight too much. Kate would
say don’t get on the scale. That’s not what this is about. That is
a narrow goal. The way that people respond to him. I went from like
215 to like 185. There were some yoga friends that said, you are
half the many you were.
- 8:50 - giant billboard, have
people joined because of you.
- 9:10 - it is so interesting to face resistances face
to face. I had reasons not to do this at the start. Got it
from yoga students and friends and also resistance. I hope I don’t
make it sounds like a bigger deal than it is. I very often find
that people are looking for a one size-fits-all solution.” Tell me
what to do. Still have to inhabit a wellness model.
- 10:45 - This is a very on your
own detox. Involves taking ownership of yourself, where you are and
where you want to be. “
- 11:20 - once people step
into the process and the forums, then people recongnize themselves
as people that are contributing to the community. Once you are
embraced, I’ve found someone who is experiencing the same things as
you. I’ve got a craving, I had an energy bar. Hearing the “it
happens” makes you feel so much better.
- 12:50 -
there are so many people on the
team. Was one of the reasons you did not join because of the idea
of being in a group turns them off from it. It can feel very
intimidating, it is just a hang up, it is in your own mind.
- 13:45 - people explain in my yoga classes that going to
actual classes helps because of seeing what others do and getting
alignment cues from the teacher really make the difference.
- 14:30 - I think we are an
individualistic culture, but also a nation of joiners. Social media
is effecting that. Social medica gives us the allusion that we are
connected when we are really not. Typically the yogidetox, friends
that I have never met in person.
- 15:45 - people have resistence, and the same type i had
when initially attending yoga workshops. Totally worth the
investment. Same is true as the detox. Get in as an early bird. You
have accountablity buddies if you join with other people. I notice
with yoga students. Regular attendees come with buddies. It
insulates the merging with other people.
- 17:30 - Initially for me,
where is Cate. She's so far. I have learn so much and i've gained
so many tools. It enhances my day job. Sometimes i'm teaching four
classes in a row, and sometimes large classes of students an dusing
my voice all day long. Drinking lemon water all day allows me to
support that. Taking space and quiet time. Consciously eating
meals. Gives me some pause in the middle of my hectic day.
- 19:00- I have not done
bodythrive. Has the book right here on my desk. Use it during the
- 19:45 - so at one plateau
30 lbs lost, and since the beginning 45 lbs. Its always more than
That's the physical piece. You're choosing to do
different things with your body. Emotionally or mentally or a
subtle way, what can you say about those shifts that you've
- 20:50 - But don’t panic. I feel that is a somatic
experience. Okay, I am going to work with my mind and be calm. When
I first started to practice yoga. Don’t panic I got this. Trying
not to snack in the middle of the day. Intermittent fasting, got
this feeling like - “I got this! The meal will return! I will
nourish myself when the time is right.”
- 22:30 - This is somatic,
bodily experience too. For me, that's been important. Being an
academic and a lot in the mind, it has been important to reinhabit
the body. In my teaching philsophy, latin phrase “Sound mind, sound
body.” The emotional experience.
- 23:55 - I feel myself
pulled into each seasonal cleanse. Like checking my watch, sensing
the change in the season, and saying its time. I fell myself
naturally pulled into each seasonal cleanse.
It is habitual, but you are able to
listen more deeply and you are able to hear what your body is
really asking for.
- 25:00 A sensing into nature. Spring can break early
or late, fall is more consistent. Seems always right. I start
looking at the calendar and the email. Yogidetox is coming up
again! The body leads the mind there. Habitual practice.
Living more within and from you
body. All of us have a tendency to live more in our heads. So much
stimulus and rushing, those are so valuable in everyday life.
- 26:25 - I get in the car and don't turn on the radio.
This is what I do when i cleanse. I don’t turn the radio on right
away as a matter of habit. Drive in peace. Imagining hell be
listening to some of the calls in the car. Its a
What is the next evolution of
- 27:45 Habit and routine. When am I gonna have all the
time to do this? It fits in by becoming habit. Scrape my tongue,
start the hot water. However, I am a person that can get stuck in
other kinds of routines that don’t serve. Where I am coming
to the community, how do I deal with the discrepancy between the
routines that serve and those that do not. Where does that pattern
take you to?
- 29:40 - doing these seasonal
cleanses, you've got the whole body thrive mindset. You're in that
place. Habits. As we adopt these new habits and line up with nature
a lot of these other things fall into place naturally. Once you
find those, its not like you have to cram it in. something else
must have fallen away, some things are deeply ingrained habits that
we have to more consciously disentangle myself from emotional
eating. Patterns of media consumption. How do i stay connected and
informed enough, how do I also not let that go.
- 32:45 One of the things that has always impressed me
about yoga teachers is that they are also students. Those are also
students of other teachers. We go deeper or more subtle, we forget
and remember. Seasonal cycle of entering the stream with the
community. Its always in a supportive way.