The Chopra Center Newsletter     Oct 2011 Edition 


Perfect Health is a 6-day healing immersion that combines the Chopra Center’s renowned medical staff, a time-tested detoxification and cleansing process, and intimate, daily classes in meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda.

The Perfect Health program’s unique approach is based on the powerful principles of Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old healing system. Ayurveda focuses on the whole person – the mind, body, and spirit – seeking to correct the imbalances that cause distress and, ultimately, disease.

9 Practices for Seasonal Detoxification

By Sheila Patel, M.D.
Chopra Center Director of Health Programming

Many traditional cultures give particular significance to the changing of the seasons by organizing celebrations and rituals around these times. The practice of honoring these times of transition is an opportunity for people to reflect on the prior months and look forward to what lies ahead.

According to the Ayurvedic tradition, just as the natural world transforms with each changing of the seasons, so, too, does our mind-body physiology. The environment is our extended body, and therefore changes that are occurring outside of our bodies are also occurring inside of them. During these periods, it’s common for certain energies within us to become aggravated and contribute to dis-ease or illness. In addition, imbalances in our diet and lifestyle may manifest in more noticeable symptoms.

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This month’s featured recipe . . .

Sesame Bliss Balls

Sesame bliss balls are not only delicious and require no baking – they also contain ingredients that help cleanse and detoxify the body. Bliss balls are part of the daily menu at the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health program. 


1 cup toasted sesame seeds
½ cup golden raisins or regular raisins
2 teaspoons ground ginger powder
2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
2½ tablespoons ghee*


Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix together until well incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls.

*Ghee is clarified butter but contains many healing and culinary properties that plain butter does not:

  • Ghee is salt free and lactose free.
  • Since ghee won’t burn at high temperatures, it’s great for sautéing. It also doesn’t have to be refrigerated.
  • Ghee is an excellent from of fat for the body, and is especially beneficial for the liver, kidneys, and brain.

Find our ghee recipe here >>

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