I have been practicing yoga for quite a while, but I have never tried fasting. I have heard many yoga teachers recommend fasting as part of your yoga practice. How much does fasting benefit you?
Fasting is not good for everyone & it is important to consult a doctor always. It may be side effects such as headaches, weakness, muscle aches, nausea, light , irritation, exacerbation of joint symptoms and hunger. But also their are lots of benefits of fasting. Such as fasting will rest the digestive system, allow for cleansing and detoxification of the body, create a break in eating patterns while shining a spotlight on them, promote greater mental clarity, cleanse and heal “stuck” emotional patterns, lead to a feeling of physical lightness, increasing energy level, promote an inner stillness enhancing spiritual connection.
I generally make the first thing I eat after a fast some kind of fruit. Watermelon or strawberries are favorites. Salads are also good. I generally wait 24 hours before eating meat, which is actually quite hard for me as I am a definite carnivore. I have no medical reasons for that. It just seems like a good idea to me.