What does sattvic actually mean? It’s the quality of nature that brings balance, clarity and peace of mind.

What’s the benefit of a seasonal cleanse? You are ready to take your health in your hands, eating and being healthier, but what about toxins that have accumulated in the body and mind? Modern detoxes can be harsh and depleting on the system. Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, is an ancient health and healing system that offers a gentle, holistic approach to detoxing by resetting digestion and allowing the body to self-detoxify. This cleanse comes from the traditional Ayurvedic cleanse known as Panchakarma. It is simple to execute but the effects are powerful and long lasting. This is great for the novice to seasoned cleanser.

Can I do this cleanse myself? You could, but we invite you to join Ayurvedic Consultant Denise Espiritu Alejandro and Health Coach & Yoga Teacher Yogini Neve as they share their personal knowledge and experience with Ayurveda at Hampton Roads’ only Ayurvedic Center and Spa at Sattvic Space. Come unlock the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and receive support, encouragement and motivation in a peaceful healing “sattvic space”. Take advantage of the services at Sattvic Space and upgrade to a mini-panchakarma and learn more about panchakarma and how this will elevate your healing to another level. Panchkarma has been restoring balance for individuals over the last 5,000 years and it can be overwhelming or challenging to cleanse at home alone for your first time.



You struggle with digestive difficulties of any kind.

You do not eliminate first thing in the morning.

You crave spicy, salt or sweet food.

You suffer from anxiety or stress.

You feel lethargic, foggy minded or have trouble focusing.

You have trouble sleeping or awakening.

You have low energy or feel exhausted.

You feel toxic or overweight.

You feel a little off or don’t feel as well as you think you should or would like to feel.

You would like to strengthen your immune system.

You see or feel signs of premature aging.

You would like to get a jumpstart on healthier eating habits.

You feel drawn to Ayurveda but are unsure where to start.

You feel an inner desire to cleanse.

You would like to honor the change of season.

What does this program include? – There will be preliminary consulting to help you determine the best cleanse for you.  We will have 3 meetings before and during the cleanse and a special participant-only private Facebook group to teach, guide, inspire, support and answer questions.

Over the 3 weeks, we will:

  • Go on a spiritual and physical transformative journey as a community;
  • discuss ayurvedic diet and lifestyle teachings;
  • discover our Vikruti (current state of imbalance);
  • learn ways to eliminate toxins while increasing immunity/vitality and supporting Agni (digestive fire);
  • cover certain yoga postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and daily routines that help support our body and mind with detoxification, digestion, elimination and rejuvenation;
  • create a plan for a personal cleanse that works for you including pre and post cleanse practices;
  • learn about Panchakarma therapies at Sattvic Space designed to move toxins out of the body;
  • learn some basics of Ayurvedic cooking by preparing some of the included recipes for your cleanse;
  • enjoy a lunch sample of kitchari, an Ayurvedic meal that helps kindle your digestive fire;
  • and worksheets and helpful tips for cleansing.


There are 3 cleanses to choose from to fit your personal needs, intuitive knowing and health goals:

Level 1 – Spring Cleaning – We will be preparing the body by eliminating foods that burden the digestive system and introducing easy to digest foods.  You will begin to incorporate Ayurvedic tips and daily routines. Dosha specific herbs may be recommended to support digestion.   This simple cleanse will nourish your system and start you on the path of Ayurveda foods & lifestyle. Everyone will begin here.

Level 2 – Cleansing the body – for those who made it through level 1 and are ready to take it to the next level.  This would be best for you if you know you can’t take time out of your normal life to dive super deep right now.

Level 3 – The Ayurveda Traditional Cleanse: for those who can dedicate 3, 7 or 10 days and are ready to allow the body to self-heal, you will begin Purvakarma.  You will incorporate one of the unique and most beneficial aspects of the Ayurvedic cleanse known as oleation—the internal and external oiling of the body.  On the last day, you will implement Virechana therapy to cleanse the body of impurities loosened by the oleation and accumulation in the GI tract.

NOTE: Consider adding a mini-Panchakarma, see description below.

Rejuvenating the body – Everyone will embark on the rejuvenation stage where we will build the body back up with gentle foods and herbs to increase your digestive fire. This is the most crucial part of the process.

Once you complete cleanse, Neve and Denise are enthusiastic about supporting you on your continued healing journey and maintenance. Denise will be offering discounts on Ayurvedic therapies and follow-up private consultations for those interested in diving deeper into addressing the root cause of symptoms and disease, detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being.

Neve will be offering a discount on a yoga class as well as ayurveda health coaching! During coaching you will receive encouragement and support on your path as a self-healer. Coaching is about continuing in community and transformation.

WHEN: April 15th, 22nd, 29th 12:30pm-2:30pm   (Includes cleansing kitchari lunch)


  • $149 per person / $248 for couples-receive $50 off (a portion is donated to Sattvic Space)
  • Repeat the seasonal cleanse, receive $15 off

LIMITED SEATS:  $50 holds your space.  Please pay by April 8th so you may receive your online access, intake form and instructions to prior to meeting April 15th.  We will start cleanse on April 15th, 2018.

Add-ons available:

Mini-Panchakarma – Chosen from Panchakarma services, these dosha balancing treatments are offered to de-stress and give you a sneak-peak into our 3-21 days Panchakarma services. You will start with a Panchakarma consultation and Abhyanga therapy (Ayurvedic body oil treatment of the head and body), Swedana (Steam Sauna) along with other recommended therapies.

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William is a RYT 200 Yoga Certified and Life-Coach at Sattvic Space. William has over 20+ years as a New York Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specialized in post-traumatic disorders, addiction recovery and marriage counseling. William is trained in Gestalt therapy, psychodrama and healing the inner child. William has also been part of various 12-step recovery communities for over 20 years. His passion is in the integration of Western psychology and 12-step healing modalities with the ancient Eastern forms of healing of yoga, meditation, and Pancha Karma.


Being an Ayur-Yoga instructor, Maury was introduced to the practice of mantra and meditation over 30 years ago, after the death of his mother. The practice then saved his life after the tragic loss of his son. He has made countless trips to his Ashram in Rishikesh, India to study Ayurvedic healing, meditation and Ayur-yoga. Maury is also the co-founder of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). iBme is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals. Through mindfulness retreats, iBme helps participants cultivate awareness, compassion, and kindness for themselves, others, and the natural world.


Charisse Minerva has a diversified background that crosses health/healing, science, arts (performance & visual), education, contemplative practices, and community development. With decades of experience she brings them together as Art Therapy. Her classes offer multiple layers of satisfaction; fun, healthy, healing and strength building (physically, musically, artfully, emotionally and spiritually).   Come have a great time growing together.


MA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Dance Anthropology)

Urban Arts Center (UAC) Director: 15 years

Performance Companies: Dance, Theatre, Music

Mindfulness Teacher/Trainer: All ages & levels

Drummer/ Percussionist


Carol has been practicing yoga for over 10yrs.  Her first contact with yoga was to improve her athletic performance, and later to release back tightness and also to find peace of mind. She holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, and completed her 200hr Yoga teacher certification from Sivananda International Yoga school, and is currently working on her 500hr Advanced Yoga Teacher under Lisa Asha Rapp.  Carol has 13yrs combined teaching experience as a Physical Education teacher and also Yoga.  She teaches Yoga at TNCC as well as at Sattvic Space. Carol holds a special interest in Integral Yoga for wellness, healing, therapy and improving ones overall quality of life.  Passionate about yoga as a whole, she looks for opportunities to teach yoga as it applies to our daily lives; empowering students to overcome their difficulties through the breath.  She likes to challenge the limitations of the mind through yoga, so that in the end it brings peace, calm & serenity. “Yoga is a way to free the mind”


Dr. Abha Gupta is an Ayur-Yoga instructor with Sattvic Space.


Terri is a LifeForce Yoga Level I instructor with over 20 years of experience in mental health and social services.


Dr.Dilip is one of the foremost experts in Yoga Therapy combining his 45-year experience in Conventional Western Medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. 

Dr. Sarkar’s passion for yoga and the Ayurvedic healing modalities came after suffering a near fatal heart attack. Dr. Sarkar was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital. He is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner who is passionate about the integration of Yoga Therapy, Mind/Body Connection, Ayurvedic Wellness, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Medicine.
He currently is President, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Hampton Roads, Virginia; Chairman, School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha University, Hampton, Virginia; President, Board of Directors, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).


Sue began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to stretch and relieve stress.  After developing a regular practice, Sue noticed great improvement with back pain.  In order to share the healing effects of yoga with others, she decided to become a yoga teacher.  Since her certification as a yoga instructor, Sue has been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin style classes.


Jerusha, received her certification as a Holistic Health Practioner from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and American Association of Drugless Practioners. She is a registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and a certified Reiki, Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Integrative Nutrition Specialist. She has training in Art Therapy, Pastoral Care and is currently studying for her PhD in Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition. 

Jerusha is a believer in the philosphy of Buddha, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” and Jesus, “What you do for the least of them; you do for me also.” With each student/client she uses a combination of different modalities to treat the whole person; not just symptoms or ailments. Jerusha’s in-depth training in spirituality, mindfulness meditation, Neuro-Linguistic (belief) repatterning and Yoga Therapeutics are a rare combination of healing modalaties to create a wholeheartedly blessed person; living an exuberantly passionate, authentic life.


TJ Williams (Nada) lives in the D.C. Area. She is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner – Dhanvanatari Ayurveda, Norfolk, VA,. She also has completed: Advanced Clinical Internship – Ayuskama Ayurveda Institute, Rishikesh, India and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor – Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Fremont, CA. She is currently enrolled in Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner – Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Fremont, CA (Pending – Feb 2017). Nada is the founding Director of Y.O.G.A. – Your Organization for Global Ayurveda, A Non-Profit Organization for the unification of Ayuvredic practices globally.

Nada is also a Musician/Composer, Spiritual Enthusiast, Vedic Chanter, Ordained Clergy ( Vaidyacharya) with the Church of Spiritual Humanism.


Neve has been a yoga practitioner off and on since 2003. After several car accidents, it became apparent to her that she would be practicing yoga the rest of her life in order to self-heal daily. She received her RYT 200 teaching certificate in Hatha alignment-based yoga at Health Advantage Yoga Center in 2012. Neve has studied many different styles of yoga under various senior teachers. She is drawn to Ayurveda and Tantra as they teach all of life is sacred. With 14 years of teaching experience in various physically related activities, Neve enjoys guiding her students along the yoga path of self-discovery. Her classes tend to be more playful in nature yet with an element of reverence for the Divine.


After spending 25 years dedicating her life to corporate America in varied fields such as banking & finance, information technology and business development; Denise made the switch to her lifelong passion of helping others take a leadership role in their health. Denise is trained to focus on preventive healthcare with a specific focus on diet and lifestyle utilizing the principals of Ayurveda in a way that is practical and easy to comprehend.  She also provides a variety of body therapies designed to correct imbalances and promote harmony of the mind and body.  Her desire is to take the principals of Ayurveda back to corporate America to provide modern ways of implementing this ancient science for coping with modern day stresses and health challenges. 


Aruna currently offers Hatha and Yin Yoga. She completed her yoga teacher training at Chesapeake Hot Yoga on June 5, 2006, Yin Yoga training in March, 2012 and her 500 RYT course in Multi Style Yoga in March 2012.


Mary/Archa came to Sattvic Space after graduating from Vijaya Stallings class in Ayurveda. She then went on to complete an Associates degree in Ayurveda in 2015. As a citizen of Portsmouth where she was raised, she is thrilled to have a yoga and Ayurvedic center near her home. Mary is a retired nurse and counselor and has been a volunteer with Sattvic since its conception in 2013. She met Maury Cook in 2008 when they completed 200-hour yoga training in Norfolk. She has been active with Maury teaching Pranayama practice and volunteers to help with Ayurvedic treatments and decorating the Space with flowers from her mother’s garden.


Carolina began practicing Yoga in 2013 at Shanti Yoga Shala in New Orleans after battling chronic illness for over a decade. After two years of steady practice and tremendous improvement to her health, she felt a strong desire to better understand Yoga and began practicing Ashtanga Yoga and immediately knew it was what I had been searching for.  In May 2016  she moved to Louisville, KY and continued practicing Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga at Yoga East and graduated in April of 2017 from Yoga East 200 hour teacher training program. She is knowledgeable in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy and interested in how both can help people suffering from illness or chronic pain.


Alfred, our Art Director, has been drawing since he could pick up a pencil. By elementary school, he was accepted into Old Donation School for the Gifted. In the Marine Corps during war-time deployments, he completed several mixed media murals in remembrance of fellow Marines who sacrificed their lives. Alfred completed his degree in Graphics Design and specializes in original hand-drawn, computer-enhanced designs. As a published artist, he is known for detailed illustrations found in several books. But his true passion is fine art, including acrylics as well as pen and ink. He also enjoys teaching art to kids of all ages, and spends his time managing, renovating, and beautifying Sattvic Space.