Fasting along with yoga: Experience the synergy

If you are on fast during this Navratri, this is a time for your determination and willpower to be tested.

The body is intimately connected with the mind and the mind with the emotions. When the body is cleansed through fasting, the mind is also purified. It becomes calm, clear, and peaceful. The mind-body complex experiences a new level of balance and depth.

While fasting, the mind and body might go through some restlessness. But the fact that you have reined in your taste buds and not given in to your hunger pangs makes you feel super about yourself too. Restlessness can be managed and the sense of achievement can be sustained by a few, light yoga stretches, bends, and pranayama.

Benefits of Yoga while Fasting:

• Yoga helps the body to cope with the process of detoxification and energizes it.
• Through deep breathing and relaxation, the stressed-out nervous system shifts into healing mode.
Add a dash of yoga to your fast.

Pranayama

• Sit in a comfortable position with eyes closed and back straight.
• Take a deep breath. While breathing in, try to expand the stomach.
• Hold the breath for a few seconds.
• Exhale slowly through the nostrils and allow the stomach to return to its natural position. Practice this ten to fifteen times.

Tip: It is suggested that you practice Pranayama twice to thrice a day.

Spinal Stretch

This asana helps to re-energize the whole body, by removing stiffness and any blockage of energy.

• Sit comfortably in Vajrasana and keep your back straight.
• Join your palms above your head. Interlock your fingers and turn your palms upwards.
• As you inhale, stretch your back and hands upwards.
• Hold the breath for about ten seconds.
• Exhaling slowly bring your hands down.
• Repeat the exercise thrice.