A common concept of a layman is that we should not do Yoga or exercise when we are fasting, considering the point that we eat less as we are fasting.
- Actually, if we keep a watch on what we are eating, we will realize that we are eating more carbohydrates and fats over proteins.
- Since we are fasting it is a culture of worship which we are following so, there are some rules such as – we have to add sweets in our diet as it is to be offered to the deity. Since Navratri is a festival of Goddess; we make a feast for the Goddess which we praise. It is a culture that we eat what we offer to God, indirectly we have to eat the feast which comes in the form of Prasad!
- We spend more time in the house, doing Pooja; thereby no extra activities are done. In fact, we are less active than the normal days as our time is spent sitting in front of the Lord doing no physical activities.
- Most of the people avoid going out during these days, leading to further minimization of activities. Here comes the role of Yoga where you have to add some activity to the daily regime which will also prevent constipation or diarrhoea that happens due to changed eating habits. Since it is nine days fast, the body needs time to adapt to the situation it is going through.
- Doing at least 30 to 45 minutes of Yoga which is not only asanas but also breathing awareness and pranayama, which will help in concentration in the daily pooja we do.
- One more benefit of Yoga is that it will prevent the feeling of bloating which usually happens with the foods like sago and potato we eat during fast. A few Yogic sequences help relieve bloating. To some extent feeling of acidity is also relieved. The most important benefit of Yoga is it will help maintain the weight as weight gain has a higher chance!