The Ayurvedic Rationale behind the Navratri Fast

People have been asking me all week why I am detoxing before the Holiday season rather than in January.

It’s not so much an intention to detox as an observance of the Navratri fast . In effect though, the fast is a detox routine. Although observed as a sign of devotion to Devi, the Goddess, its origins lie in Ayurveda.

Here is the rationale.

Navratri occurs during two changes of seasons – Fall into Winter and Winter into Spring. Seasonal changes are characterized by an excess of the Vata elements, wind and space, which lower immunity. As such, it’s a good idea to take a break from your regular eating patterns during this time of the year and eat easily digested meals that support the immune system.

Fruit, the most easily digested of all food groups, forms the staple food of the Navratri festival. Milk, the other staple, is also consumed for its protein content and tissue building support. What is particularly important about these foods is that they are both ‘sattvic’ i.e. clean and pure. From Ayurvedic perspective this means no toxins, from a Hindu perspective, eating sattvic food help invoke the power of the Devi.

The entire purpose of the Navrati festival is to evoke the protection of Devi, who banishes all all negatives forces in life. This includes toxins that lodge themselves into our mind-body systems.

Are you up for a dose of Goddess energy? Hindu or not, the Navratri fast makes perfect sense as a health practice for anyone.

All that said, today is Dussehra which marks the culmination of the Navratri festival. It marks new beginnings (especially if you are all detoxified) So start something new today, it’s a great time to get your creative juices flowing. Happy Dussehra all!

 

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