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Can I have sex while fasting?

As you know, we recommend adequate rest as a great addition to fully benefit from fasting. When you fast, your praanshakti gets fully engaged in healing and detoxification. Although light exercise like walking, yoga, and pranayama is recommended, it's better to abstain from sexual activity during the fast.

If you perform any excessively exertive work, like sex or heavy workouts, or take mental stress, the fast may not be so effective as your praanshakti will be diverted to handling the stress instead of healing. Additionally, sex also leads to overstimulation of your senses, which prevent you from getting adequate sensory rest. 

Let us find out more about the 4 types of rests your body needs during a fast - 

  1. Physical Rest
    It is important you get sound sleep at night. Please go to bed early. The maximum healing happens during 9 AM and 12 AM. If you face any detox symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, laziness, nausea) please take rest in the afternoon as well. Also, avoid very heavy exertive workouts during a fast. Instead, do light yoga or brisk walking.
  2. Sensory Rest
    Overusing gadgets such as computers, laptops or mobile phones causes harm to our senses. During a fast, it's not only important to give rest to your body, but also to your 5 senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste & touch). Apart from the webinars, avoid using your mobile phones or computer screens.

  3. Mental Rest
    Fasting is absolutely useless if you're doing it in a state of stress, tension, anger, hatred, distrust, discontent, greed or violence. It is very important to give your mind also rest while on a fast. Bring your mind at peace by chanting, meditation, listening to kirtans, worshipping, associating with good company and studying the scriptures. 

  4. Physiological Rest
    This means giving rest to your internal organs - your stomach, pancreas, intestines, liver, gall bladder, etc. When you stop eating, the workload of these organs is automatically reduced, thus providing physiological rest.