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Fasting is the greatest remedy - the physician within" - Philippus Paracelsus
There is a so much contradictory information available about fasting that it can be difficult to decide which, if any, method to try. What may be good for one person can actually be detrimental to another. Fortunately, because Ayurveda recognizes the uniqueness of each individual, there are tools we can use to help us choose what will be most beneficial for us at any given time.
Ayurveda has a long tradition of utilizing fasting from food as a vital practice for maintaining and regaining health. In our society, fasting is often viewed as a type of denial or deprivation, but you can instead choose to see fasting as a gift to yourself: a much needed rest from the constant barrage of foods and experiences you take into your body. Welcome to the Ayurvedic approach to fasting.
Banyan has a very nice dosha quiz. You can get a decent idea of your constitution or imbalance. You will get a more accurate reading if you have a consultation.
Winter up here in the northern hemisphere tends to be cloudy, dark, damp and cold (kapha) and sometimes cold, windy and dry (vata). Ayurveda teaches us that like increases like and that opposites balance, so by adjusting our daily routine and diet we can help ward off common problems that might occur when the weather outside is frightful. An increase of kapha in us might lead to kapha problems like colds, coughs, sinus congestion, weight gain, depression and feeling slow and sluggish. Vata imbalances that we might experience are dry skin, chapped lips, constipation, muscle aches and spasms, spaciness, anxiety and insomnia. So I would like to give you some suggestions on what to do to help keep yourself healthy this winter.
I'm Shivani Chase. I love to help people learn how to live the best life they can using Ayurveda, yoga, compassion and common sense.