The idea of a fast in the Ayurvedic tradition, is to reset the metabolism by letting the system rest.

It’s more than resetting the metabolism, it’s resetting your system.

It can be done just as a try, for 24 hours, to see if you are capable of restraining yourself to eating one same thing for that day. Naturally, it will not have much of an impact but the goal of 24h is not really to see physical changes. It is to change your mindset.

Once you feel confident enough to do more, you can try 3 days. Or maybe if the 3 days goes well, you try 4. 

Finally, when you know that 3-4 days were actually not hard and more so, you felt the physical, mental and emotional subtle changes, you are ready for 7 days of Ayurvedic detox.

7 days are just the days you eat the specific detox food, the days before you prepare and then for another 4-10 days after you adapt as well your intake.


This means that what we see when we look ourselves in the mirror, is the manifestation of everything that exists in our internal world. It means the ideas we have about ourselves, the shame and guilt we learned to feel about certain aspects, what we value and what we suppress.

It is all there: in your face: when you look at the whole of you, your shape, you size, you structural holding, your eyes, your hair and the shape of your lips!!

We’re so greatly wired, perfectly engineered to function in the world with this SUM. So naturally, when we try to make changes, we usually fail.

How to compete with the world’s most genius engineers?

I mean, the iris in your eyes adapts to the levels of adrenaline that is being produced in your glands!!!

Too much adrenaline: eyes tell you that you need to sleep by being extremely sensitive to light.

No rocket scientist have yet come up with anything as advanced.

My biggest interest in life is to understand the human behaviour. And any behaviourist that I talk to, will tell me more or less the same thing: the only place where change can happen is in the present moment.

What does this actually mean? That anything we need to work on, needs to be brought into the light of awareness.

Its like the saying “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” Except it really means : if we are not conscious about a feeling, a behaviour, an action, we can literally do NOTHING about it.

What the Ayurvedic fast does to us is that it forces us to slow down. We take away all our crutches, we put the compensatory strategies to the side and we stand raw and naked in front of the mirror. It truly is the incarnated aspect of “peeling off the layers”. 

We notice what we do to try to compensate and more so, we can begin to inquire why we do it and what we are making it mean. By that I mean “if I don’t use my strategy, what do I think will happen and why would that be so bad?”.

In that rawness begins the new work. 

Hi, I’m Charlotte (Yogi Cha). I’m a yoga teacher with a degree in clinical psychology. I’ve always had a deep curiosity toward eastern and western approaches to understanding the mind, and the ming/body union. You’ll find me in the lovely Canggu Bali, nestled amongst coconuts, palm trees and sunshine 🥥🌴🌞



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