Navratri is the detoxification of body, mind and soul. Body detoxification involves eating a Navratri diet along with observing the following principles:

1. Eating less. Eating once if possible.

2. No cereals. You can take wheat grass juice.

3. Satvik lifestyle. In Navratri diet

1. Flour is replaced with Kuttu or Singhara flour.

2. Pulses are replaced with amaranth or Rajgiri.

3. Rice with Samak rice.

Mental and soul detoxification involves practicing Yoga Sadhana as described in nine forms of Durga.

As per mythology, Mata Shailputri is daughter of mountain king –Himalaya. She is the first among nine avatars of Durga and worshipped on the First day of Navratri. In Yogashastra she represents the lowest Muladhara chakra. In Ayurveda Muladhara chakra represents the earth element (attachments).

The bija sound to chant is LAM in the sacral root area. In Allopathy, she represents activation of sacral autonomic plexus.

The Goddess has a half moon in her forehead. She is holding a trident (trishul) in her right hand and a lotus flower in her left hand. She rides on Nandi a bull. Shailputri represents the shakti or power of the root chakra, who, upon awakening, begins Her journey upwards in search for the last crown chakra (Shiva).

Bull in mythology represents ‘desires’. On the first day we must let go our desires. Trishul represents balancing Tamas, Rajas and Satwa. Lotus represents practicing detached attachment. We are required to donate all Rajsik and Tamsik foods and items so that we are not attracted during Navratri. Moon represents thinking with a cool mind.

On the first day, Yogis keep their mind concentrated on Muladhara chakra as the starting point of spiritual discipline or Yoga Sadhna.

What to do on first day

• Let go your desires.

• Keep the mind cool.

• Practice detached attachment.

• Balance Tamas and Rajas guna with Satwa or to stay in balance.

• Concentrate on Muladhara chakra (sacral root).

• Chant LAM reducing the respiratory rate to 2-4 per minute.

Mantra: “On the first day, control (riding) your desires (bull) by balancing (Trishul) the mind with cool thoughts (moon) and practicing detachment (lotus). This can be assisted by chanting LAM focusing on sacral chakra.”