Ekadashi is the eleventh day after the full moon and new moon in each lunar month of the Hindu calendar. This month, Ekadashi falls on July 13th and July 29th.

For people with a regular lifestyle, Ekadashi can serve as a day of detoxification, during which the body rests from digesting heavy food and recovers. The Moonly app explains how it works.

Ekadashi occurs on the 11th and 26th day of the lunar calendar when the Moon is closest to Earth. Lunar energy purifies the water on our planet, and since our bodies are composed of 80% water, this purification process affects our physical being as well.

During lunar Ekadashi, our body cells undergo rejuvenation, toxins are eliminated, and energy levels increase, provided we abstain from heavy foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and legumes. Some people prefer complete water or dry fasting, considering it a particularly powerful practice.


“The essence of Ekadashi is a fast and a spiritual practice. According to the ancient Vedic scriptures, on this day the earthly sinful energy is concentrated in food, especially grains and legumes. That’s why by avoiding food intake on this day you protect yourself from negative energy, reduce karmic burden and take a step towards a happy fate.”

­­­­–– Moonly app astrologer, Natasha AstroBalance

The significance of the Ekadashi fast

Ekadashi is given an important cosmic role: it is believed that a person who fasts, saves many generations of ancestors from their sins and hellish planets, frees their soul from the birth and death cycles.

Ekadashi also teaches self-control and abstinence from momentary desires, elevates above bodily needs in favor of spiritual perfection.

From a medical standpoint, starvation helps to cleanse, to get rid of toxins and to tone the body — giving rest and “reboot” to the digestive tract.

It is believed that fasting during Ekadashi prevents many diseases, improves health and well-being and helps with mental problems.

Fasting

Prohibited foods: meat, fish and seafood, eggs, legumes, grains (including flour products), honey, coffee, sweets, caramel, eggplant, beets, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, corn, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, spices (except black pepper, ginger and salt), oils (except olive). Alcohol and tobacco are also prohibited.

Allowed products: water, freshly squeezed juices, vegetables and fruits (except prohibited), nuts, dried fruits, dairy products, olive oil, spices (black pepper, ginger, salt).

“It’s important to understand that Ekadashi is not a diet and it’s not about just stopping eating. This is a fast where the main goal is spiritual purification and perfection, exaltation of thoughts. On this day, it is necessary to prevent bad thoughts and words, spend more time in meditation or singing mantras. It is favorable to engage in charity activities and help others”.

–– Moonly app astrologer, Natasha AstroBalance

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