Live Fast, Day Six – Wild Yogi’s Fast

Why do I fast?

As a Yogini I have ample reasons for fasting .. some of them thousands of years old, so complete with sound advice and experience.  Over the years, however, I have discerned my own reasons.

Yoga is a discipline, and at my level, one akin to shamanism; as such, it requires mindful deeds that must be accomplished on a regular basis and during certain times.  One such example is to remove one’s self from the physical constraints of daily living, to better maintain balance between the ‘three worlds’ (Gunas. Sanskrit, “strands; qualities”).  In that fasting – as a mystical-spiritual practice – alters the practitioner’s biology, psychology and metaphysicality, it is an excellent means of acquiring centeredness or balance.

Simply: Fasting changes the polarity of the physical body while raising its energetic vibrations, which has the effect of sensitizing the Yogi to the primal tunes of prakriti (“primary matter; nature).  From a physical perspective this means the autonomic nervous system becomes a honed edge, making it a sharp receptor for receiving psychic impressions which are mostly overlooked by those who do not engage in such practices.

From a psychologically position fasting creates an elevation of consciousness, encouraging it towards expansion, so that any practice carried out at this time – mantra, mudra and bandha (for example) – turns the subconscious response towards the internal wind (prana).  Fasting is more than abstaining from food, but a means of inner navigation, where the body and mind become orientated towards spirit and the messages received from divine communications.

Toxins reside in the body’s fat stores, so when the Yogi fasts, becoming cleansed of those toxins, it makes way for the attraction of higher spiritual vibrations; which normally, by their frequency, steer clear of such noxious effluvia.

So when the body no longer receives nourishment from food it seeks out other routes, from rivulets small (nadis), yet which led to greater seas (chakras).  As a Yogi’s practice, fasting offers restraint from the fetters of pravritti marga (“path” of worldly desire and ambition), to better walk the path towards introspection and renunciation (nivritti).

Shanti and Metta!

Yogini Valarie Devi


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