Intermittent fasting means the temporary, and voluntary limitation of food intake. It gives the digestive system time to heal and repair itself, as well as providing other long-term health benefits. It is the treatment par excellence for improving overall health and increasing energy.
Fasting has been known about for thousands of years and practised in many cultures. All of the major religions recommend that its followers fast in order to release them from illness and to elevate them to the attainment of higher ends.
Knowledge about fasting was once widespread in the West, particularly in the early schools of philosophy with the Stoics and Epicureans. Even the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras used to instruct his students to fast before they received his higher teachings. The great physicians of antiquity, such as Hippocrates, often made use of fasting methods too. Modern medicine having re-discovered fasting, has now given it a stamp of approval.
We start with a Kriya Prana Yoga practice. So, be prepared to engage in a physical practice, with kriya techniques that promote good gut and metabolic health, and asanas to stimulate digestion.
Talk: Intermittent Fasting 101
In our talk, we explore the practical steps of how fasting works, and it's benefits, including constructing your own intermittent fasting schedule. And finally how to make safe and structured fasting part of your life.
Intermediate Level Pranayama for Fasting:
Any sort of fasting diet should be balanced with a correct breathing practice, which ideally involves a relatively advanced practice of pranayama and meditation where the total amount of breathing (minute ventilation) is reduced.
Meditation for Fasting:
Meditations go deeper while fasting. It is interesting to feel one’s mind settle more quickly when going in, like a switch turning on. When the body is empty, experiencing the higher chakras in meditative states is easy, and bringing about the sense of “no mind” that meditators and yogis are able to achieve with as much practice and stillness is also possible.