Fasting is a great yogic cleansing process that helps to eliminate toxic matters from the body and also to make the mind stronger. It helps to balance the emotions and feelings within one’s heart.
Fasting can be done with water or fruits through one to forty five days deepening upon your physical condition. Short time fasting is more recommended for the beginners. But can be extended further with continuous practices.
Fasting is sometime hard if you do with water. So in such case, you can fast with apples or juice which is little easier than with water.
Some people may feel dizziness or weak during long period fasting, if the case is so, enough amount of honey should be taken to restore the energy.
Fasting depends on the body having sufficient vitality to recruit its own cleansing process once the digestive load is removed. The more heavy food you take, the more energy is required by digestive systems. Different type of fasting has different effects on the body as well as on the mind.
Fasting with water imposes almost no assimilative load on digestive system because large quantity of water is drunk. Honey can be added in water to replenish exhausted cell vitamin and minerals which also keeps the body energetic.
Fasting with fruits like apple is gentle and strong system of fasting because it has fiber in its skin, which helps greatly in cleansing process. Because of virtue of simplicity, apple imposes lower digestive load on the intestines and supplies normal nutrients to the systems.
In all types of fasting, elimination of toxic matters through the intestines must be supported by regular asana practice, breathing exercises and belly movements.
One can also take raspberry leaf teas to start normal bowel movement.
Why fasting:• The fasting is a wonderful method of removing many types of diseases. All the energy of the body is directed to rectifying defects.
• During the fasting the energy is redirected to healing the body and purging waste material.
• Helps balance emotions and feelings.
What to eat after fasting:• Very normal and light food must be taken after fasting for at least two days.
• Food must be a simple, pure and reasonably neutral diet. This may include most foods such as rice, wheat, bread, most types of fruits and vegetables with low acid content, nuts, lentils, pulses, soya beans, etc.
• One should avoid the chemically processed, synthetic, pungent, acidic and non-vegetarian foods. This includes alcohol, cigarettes, tea, coffee, soft drinks, milk, buttermilk, yoghurt, and spices.
Do fasting twice in a month!