Fasting and Detox
Fasting is a voluntary practice of abstaining from consuming food, for a designated period of time. It is often undertaken for various reasons, including spiritual, health, or detoxification purposes.
Fasting: An Integral Part of Your Spiritual Journey
A fasting retreat is a structured program where participants voluntarily abstain from food for a specified period while focusing on rejuvenation, detoxification, and self-care.
Fasting has always been an integral part of any spiritual practice of Indian culture and has been practiced commonly in ashrams. Every Sadhaka (practitioner) on the path of Tantra, Yoga and Meditation must undergo a strict discipline of cleansing/detoxing the body from all the toxins which is called “Saucha” (Cleanliness) in order to have a crystal clear mind, highly awakened senses, enormous attentiveness and sharpness for meditation.
Once the physical body has depleted its energy reserves, a transition occurs where energy shifts from the outermost layer of the body; Annamaya Kosha to the subsequent layer; Pranamaya Kosha. This transition is easily felt and seen while fasting.
In the west, Fasting gained limited attention until 2016 when Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese researcher, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking contributions to understanding autophagy. The term “autophagy” stems from the fusion of “auto,” meaning self, and “phagy,” meaning eating, essentially referring to a self-consumption process. This biological phenomenon involves cells breaking down adipose tissues, fragmented protein structures, and surplus components within the body for energy during periods of fasting. It plays a crucial role in maintaining cellular homeostasis and hence, overall health by removing damaged or dysfunctional cellular components. it also helps in recycling nutrients and can even serve as a defense mechanism against intracellular pathogens.
Fasting is one of the most well-known ways to stimulate autophagy in the body. When you fast, especially for extended periods, your body undergoes various metabolic changes that trigger autophagy as a survival mechanism. Dysregulation of autophagy has been linked to various diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and metabolic diseases.
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What is our Fasting Retreat About?
Due to his experience and expertise, Guruji Risi SriVaso has established an amazing 5-day Fasting and Detox Retreat program in Goa and Bali, which is suited for all. This program is based on the same principle of old Mystery schools, where you were required to fast before getting admission.
This is a Water-Only fasting and detox program where the participants will remain under the watchful eyes of our teachers. You will be doing all the normal activities and even go for intense workouts in the fasted state. This facilitates a profound immersion into their Sadhana, leading to a truly transformative journey.
While doing spiritual fasting we also encourage you to do digital fasting which we believe is the biggest energy consumer of the modern generation.
This spiritual fasting experience occurs amidst serene natural surroundings and being close to the beach, recognizing nature as the optimal environment for fasting endeavors.
Hence, we offer water-only fasting retreats as we believe that its is the most optimum way of fasting for Physiological, Hormonal, Emotional and Spiritual reset and cleanse in this modern time.
What does this retreat include?
MYT Yoga Fasting Retreat
Within this retreat, each participant will receive personalized guidance, along with tailored adjustments based on their unique body type and physiological responses.
|7.00 am – 8.00 am||Morning Meditation, Pranayama and Kriya|
|8.00 am – 10.00 am||Yoga Class|
|10.00 am – 01.00 pm||Rest|
|1.00 pm – 3.00 pm||Lecture on Fasting, Vipassana Meditation or Yoga Nidra|
|3.00 pm – 5.00 pm||Rest|
|5.00 pm – 7.00 pm||Beach walk and Sunset|
|7.00 pm – 8.00 pm||Satsang or Evening Meditation|
Benefits of Water Fasting
- Improve cognitive function and memory recall
- Reduce inflammation and metabolic diseases
- Weight loss
- Increase Growth hormone and stem cell/immune cell regeneration.
- Releases brain fog and brings mental clarity.
- Increase longevity, anti aging and energy levels.
- Trigger Autophagy for eliminating cancer cells, damaged cells and broken chains of protein.
- Hormonal reset and balance.
- Boost metabolism and immune system.
- Improve gut health.
- Heightened states of awareness
- Enhanced spiritual insights
- Greater self-discipline and practice of Tapas-Austerity.
- Deeper connection to spiritual practices
- Highly awakened senses
- Rebalancing of the nadis(energy channels) and clears the blockage of Chakras.
- Enhanced intuition and clairvoyance
- Deeper connection to the spiritual community while fasting in a group.
- Attainment of inner peace and clarity.
- Aid in detachment as food is the biggest addiction!
Risi SriVaso along with the team undergo a strict screening of applications for this retreat. The primary aim of this 7 Day Fasting Retreat is to enhance meditation practices.
Who is not eligible?
- People who are underweight
- Women either in pregnancy or lactation periods
- People who have Type 1 Diabetes
- People on clinical psychiatric medications
- People with eating disorders, Anorexia or Bulimia
- People only interested in physical healing
- People under 21 years
NOTE : There would be personal audio, video or physical interview before the applicant can register for this retreat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fasting may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those with a history of eating disorders. We do recommend to consult with a healthcare professional before attending a fasting retreat to ensure it’s safe for you.
Different fasting retreats offer various fasting approaches but we only offer water fasting. We don’t recommend juice fasting or dieting. In case you plan to participate, one has to be mentally prepared to not eat for the duration of the retreat.
Our experienced teachers will offer constant guidance and support to you. Apart from providing support, we also monitor participants’ health, and offer education on fasting practices.
The level of physical activity allowed during a fasting retreat can vary on person to person and our teachers decide that depending on your physical and mental condition. We do emphasize gentle movement like yoga as well as rest from digital food. Hence, it is important to speak to our team before choosing your participation so that it aligns with your physical abilities and goals.
Preparing for a fasting retreat may involve dietary adjustments, hydration, and mental readiness. We usually provide guidelines on how to prepare in the weeks leading up to the retreat.
We are in constant touch with our participants and offer proper mental and emotional support that one needs. However, if either of us feels that it is no longer beneficial or possible, then we guide you to break your fast in a very safe way. We do prioritize participant safety.
Once you confirm your participation, we will provide a list of items to bring, which may include comfortable clothing, toiletries, and any personal items you require. Yoga mats will be provided by the school.