We detoxify continuously throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. On a physical form if our body is not eliminating all our metabolic waste we become highly acidic, which compromises our health. We can also become weighed down under the remnants of old emotions and thought patterns. When we want to cleanse and clean ourselves out on a deep level, we go on a fast and do detoxification kriyas and pranayamas.
So how do you know if you need to detox? If you live in a city, eat processed food and do not regularly exercise and meditate the chances are you need to detox at least once a year. Here are other signs to look for:
- Feeling tired all the time, fatigue
- Bags under your eyes
- Cysts, fibrosis, kidney stones or clots
- Eczema, acne, headaches, joint pain
- Bad breath, foul smelling stools and perspiration
- Yellow skin, purple lips, coated tongue
- Yellow or brown in the whites of the eyes
How can Fasting and detox Kriyas and Pranayama help?
When the body does not get the level of calories it is use to per day, it goes into detoxifying mode. The aerobic detox kriyas and breath of fire increases circulation and your metabolic rate thereby stimulating the exit of toxins. Ayurveda and Kundalini yoga does not advocate water fasts, as the drastic lack of food makes the body think it is starving and the body attempts to preserve resources which is the opposite of the detoxification and elimination process.
Fasting is a powerful tool for healing, strengthening the body and restoring vitality as we grow older. However, before going on a fast you need to check with your doctor or naturopath, especially if you are on meditation. The mono diet fast given below is generally safe for anyone, but please check first.
Preparation for fasting:
The week before fasting, start eliminating junk or fast food. Eat lighter meals, composed of mainly veggies and fruits. Eliminate alcohol, meats, fish, eggs, sugar, refined carbohydrates like bread, biscuits, cakes etc. and caffeine. Then try replacing one meal per day with say Melon. When your body feels comfortable on a lighter diet then you can try a 1 day fast on watermelon, plenty of fresh water and king coconut water.
Sticking to the mono food fast is only half the challenge. Physical detoxification is accompanied by emotional and mental cleansing. Anger and negative thought patterns can be released especially if you use food to numb yourself. Use your meditative mind and meditation practice to help you watch your mind and emotions.
Breaking the fast
Fasting makes the body very sensitive. So break your fast slowly. If you do the 3-day melon fast and break it with a pizza you are going to feel very sick. The day after the fast, start by introducing veggies and other fruits. Next day add grains, pulses and the next day add diary. After a cleanse it is difficult to go back to junk food.
Watermelon Fast for detoxification of the kidneys and antioxidant
Eat only watermelon (organic if possible) for 1 to 3 days. Eat as much as desired. Drink plenty of water and king coconut water. Take it easy.
Pranayama – Breath of Fire purifies and detoxes your blood & increases your vital energy. Sit in any comfortable pose where you can breathe consciously. As you exhale pull in your navel as your diaphragm goes in an up. For the inhale, simply relax your stomach muscles and your lungs will naturally refill with air. Focus on the exhale but the inhale and exhale are of equal length. Make the breath rhythmic. It does not have to be fast as first. You may feel dizzy when you first start practicing this breath but it will get easier as your body starts to detox. Do it for 1-3 mins daily before, during and after your fast.
Detoxification Kriya – Vatskar Dhouti Kriya to master the digestive system: This is a very secret kundalini yoga kriya that has been used for centuries. It must be done on an empty stomach and it great to get the bowl moving in the mornings.
Sit in any comfortable posture. Make your lips round in an “O” shape. Start inhaling through your mouth as if you are sipping in air. Sip until your stomach is full and hold the breath. Now rotate and churn your belly with your breath held in until you need to exhale. Exhale through your nose in a steady stream. Only repeat this process a maximum of 3 times in total. It is prohibited to do this more times in a day. Do this for 40 days without missing a day to heal your digestive system.
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