The best days to do fasting are eleven days after full moon or new moon (ekádashii) and also on full moon (púrn’imá) and new moon (amávasyá). During those days the effect of the moon is strongly felt by everyone, as the gravitation pulls up liquids towards the brain. By doing dry fasting the stomach is light and liquids are less in the body normalizing the natural tendency of liquids causing pressure on the brain.
The fasting is done from sunrise to sunrise so whole day is spent without eating or drinking anything until next morning when fasting is broken with lemon water and salt. Properly breaking the fast is often more difficult than fasting. It is important to break the fast by drinking at least one liter water (two pints) with freshly pressed juice of two lemons and two teaspoons of salt. The quantity of water, lemon and salt may vary according to individual needs but the effect should be that of a mild natural laxative. Once the bowels are clear it is good to take a light breakfast consisting mostly of fruits or boiled vegetables and a little natural yoghourt. On the first day after fasting, appetite may be big but digestive capacity is less so it is important to eat light meals until the body has fully recovered.