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21-Day Detox Melon Fast

This is a great "detox" fast to do in the Summer.  It is taken from Yogi Bhajan's book, "Foods for Health & Healing," which we carry at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL).  This is designed to cleanse the liver, kidneys, intestines, renew bodily fluids and strip-off fat.  Please be sure to click here for a more detailed discussion of this diet (and a 7-day version); it includes vital information about this detox fast.

Fasting is more than just the absence of food… it is a very powerful tool for healing and strengthening the body.  Dr. Siri Atma Singh Khalsa, M.D. — Yogi Bhajan's personal physician the last four years of his life (and an incredible yogi himself) — recommended we experience this fast.  Dr. Siri Atma thought it would be especially beneficial to Hari Dev for cleansing the last of the toxins from his chemotherapy treatments.

Sticking to the fast is only part of the challenge.  The physical cleansing of a fast is often accompanied by a mental cleansing as well.  Simply begin the process and relax into it; the inner cleansing will happen.  It is all about changing the consciousness, which is what we routinely experience through Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.

Here is the menu for the detox fast:

Days 1-3:  Eat only cantaloupes (warming and laxative, prepares the kidneys to cleanse).
Days 4-6:  Eat only watermelons (cooling, prepares the liver to cleanse).
Days 7-9:  Eat only papayas (works on the intestines and digestion).
Day 10:  Lemon and honey dissolved in water (clears the system of excess mucus).
Day 11:  Plain water (not ice cold).
Day 12:  Lemon and honey dissolved in water.
Days 13-15:  Eat only papayas.
Days 16-18:  Eat only watermelons.
Days 19-21:  Eat only cantaloupes.

Note:  Eating lots of fresh papaya is a challenge. An alternative is to get natural, dried papaya which has a chewy, sweet taste that you actually want to eat. Here is a good source of organic dried papaya:

Best Days for Fasting

"Your biofeedback moves from new moon to full moon and full moon to new moon.  There are three days of the moon, when if you want to take care of your mind and your health, you can fast at these times.  In Ayurveda, this is considered to be the mastery of all treatments." — Yogi Bhajan

The moon has an influence on all ‘tides’ within your body. Yogi Bhajan recommends the following days are best to fast:

New Moon
11-Days After the New Moon
Full Moon

In Sanskrit, the word for fast is "upvas."  This literally means, "sitting near to…".  But sitting near to whom?  The answer… near to God.  Fast from sun-up until the next morning at breakfast, when you "break" the "fast."  With a 24-hour fast, you shouldn't encounter much resistance from anyone in your family (provided you keep it low-key).  Go about your normal business and observe how you feel.  Most people experience no difficulty with a 24-hour fast.  You might experience a few hunger pangs and/or light stomach turbulence. 

By dinnertime you'll probably get hungry.  That is the time to stay away from food!  Go out for a nice (Breath-)walk or do some light exercise.   When you wake up the next morning, you will probably be hungry.  Break your fast with some fresh fruit or steamed greens, but don't gorge yourself.  Eat lightly several times during the day and keep drinking plenty of water to continue the cleansing process.   

Fasting is like cleaning the house — it cleanses both your body and your mind.  Fasting gives your body a rest and allows for the expulsion of toxins that have built up over time.  Even after a 24-hour fast, I believe you will notice some benefits.  Many people say they can think more clearly.  Others observe that they can see things — literally and figuratively — more distinctly.  Fasting has cumulative effects.  The more often you do it, the more you will notice an intensifying of these positive effects. 

Fasting is… a time of reflection… for peace of mind, body and spirit… a day of discipline… to purify you… to realize your Divine connection.

The Moon's Influence


New Moon

The New Moon is when you are at your lowest...energy-wise. It is a good day to fast on lemon and water. Fast from sun-up until the next morning at breakfast, when you "break" the "fast."

Waxing Moon

... is the time between the New Moon and the day before the Full Moon. During this time the energy of the body moves into your higher centers (chakras). This is the time to bring new things, new people or new relationships into your life or to accelerate the progress of your special projects.

11 Days After New Moon

Yogi Bhajan taught that this is the day when you are in balance. The glandular system readjusts itself on this day. Your metabolism is changing, so if you eat very lightly (green foods) or if you live just on water and lemon today, your health will be perfect. Eat very lightly during the day. Eat only one meal and drink lemon and water the rest of the day.

Full Moon

You are naturally accelerated on a full moon. You are at your highest energy level. The secretions in your body will be at their maximum, so you don't want your energy being used to consume food. Save your energy to reconstruct yourself. Try to drink only liquids on this day. If you feel you must eat, drink only milk. (But, don't drink cold milk right out of the refrigerator. Milk should be brought to a boil. Allow the milk to foam up and then bring the heat down so the milk is on a slow boil for 5-10 minutes. While cooking it, you may add a pinch of ground turmeric, a pinch of black pepper, a cinnamon stick, or a few pinches of ginger to reduce any mucous causing side effect.)

Waning Moon

... is the time between the Full Moon and the day before the New Moon. This is the best time to remove things, relationships or situations from your life that no longer serve you. It is not generally thought of as the best time to start a new project.

Rejuvenate in the Bath

Yogic First Aid to Eliminate Illness Before It Strikes

At the very first onset of any dis-ease, do this bathing kriya for a minimum of 3 nights.

In ancient times, if someone was not feeling well, they would soak cotton sheets in hot water then wrap that person in several layers of the hot sheets. Around this they wrapped another six to seven dry sheets. The person rested for two hours and sweated! The sheets would be filthy with the toxins that secreted from the skin.

Today, there is no one to help you do something like this. Instead, try the following:

1. Fill a tub with very hot water (as hot as you can take) and put a little waterproof pillow behind your neck.
2. Relax in the tub with the water up to your neck.
3. Begin pumping the navel point.
4. For a more powerful effect: inhale deeply, then exhale completely and keep the breath out, pump the navel 26 times; repeat this cycle for 15 minutes.

This puts your lymph system into high-speed, the hot water opens your tissues and the navel pumping pushes the lymph fluid through your body. The water will actually become dirty from the toxins released (but you will become totally clean). Digestive and skin problems will adjust. This can be practiced once each week for prevention, or when you feel an illness coming-on practice this for 3 consecutive days.