Periodic fasting benefits on the human body tremendously, and so does yoga. Fasting is a thorough and healing reset for most systems of our body. Practicing yoga during a fast has the power to amplify the benefits of fasting. Fasting is deeply purifying multi-day process that will cleanse your body and mind in powerful ways.
Why is fasting beneficial? Our digestive system is always working hard to digest our food and drink, which requires a lot of energy. During a fast your body gets a break from digesting food and converting it to energy, so it begins to work on healing other parts of the body that need it. Your body then focuses on repairing, resetting and working to get things in better condition. Your immune system, adrenals, hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism can all positively be affected by fasting. After around one day, our bodies transition into a metabolic state known as ketosis. When your body is in ketosis, it begins to convert fat into ketones which become your body’s new fuel source, and is extremely detoxifying.
Some benefits of fasting (and entering a state of ketosis) include:
- Improved Brain Function
- Strengthening of the Immune System
- Cancer Prevention
- Skin Clearing
- Weight Loss Assistance
- Cleansing of Organs
How does yoga help the process of fasting?
Yoga and fasting are complementary, and yoga amplifies the benefits of fasting. Both are purification practices. Yoga can also help give you more energy during the process of your fast. Furthermore, the detoxifying benefits of yoga will increase the detoxification of a fast. Fasts can also be a mental and emotional process and the practice of yoga provides a mental reset during the sometimes challenging and intense process of a fast.
How long should you fast?
If you're new to fasting, trying it out for one day is highly recommended before committing to a longer fast. See how you feel after the first day and assess if you want to continue for more days, or make your next fast longer. Stay present with your body. Also be sure to to fast with an open schedule if you're doing it for the first time as it can be common to feel tired and restful!
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