Do you know what breatharianism is really about?

Hello divine beings!

Some of you will not be ready to read an article such as this, if you feel that way, try putting anything you don’t believe in an imaginary box, just store it away somewhere. In no way do you have to like/believe/relate to what I’m about to say, it’s totally up to you what you are comfortable with.

The topic of this article is breatharianism/pranarianism/living on light – whatever you want to call it.

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Definition of a breatharian:

A breatharian is someone who lives without consuming any food and/or water. Just to be clear, it is NOT fasting or starving. You do NOT deplete your body of necessary nutrients, you get all that from the universal energy (prana), i.e. everything your body needs in its purest form. Some people get it through light and sun, some just through the air itself. This is not magic and you don’t need special genes to be able to do this, ANYONE is able to teach themselves this.

I’ve made this little diagram to show how I believe (and I’m by far not the only one) humans “evolve” food wise. For the record though, I don’t necessarily think that everyone should or can follow this path, we are all on this earth for a specific reason, and if pranic living is not for you, then that’s great.

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I first came across knowledge of this lifestyle through my yoga teacher, she told us Prahlad Jani (“Mataji”) was coming to Marbella and asked my mum and I if we would like to go see him. He is an Indian 81 year old sadhu who has lived without food and water for the last 70 years. He has had a number of studies done on him and spent time under observation in hospitals – doctors say he’s in perfect health. I figured then that he was one of a kind, that there were very few people who could do that in this world and that they must be real masters to reach such levels! Recently I discovered how wrong I was – there are TENS OF THOUSANDS (if not more now) of people all around the world who live this way and it’s spreading fast. People are starting to realise that we dont actually need food if we can get everything we need from the energies that surround us every day…if we know HOW to use it of course.

Warning: please do NOT attempt to just give up food without proper training and guidance, like I said, you need to KNOW how to take in prana in order to survive off it, if you go into this unprepared, you are pretty much starving yourself and can hurt yourself. Just having motivation is great, but its not enough.

Personal experience with breatharianism:

The reason why I decided to dedicate a section of my blog to this subject is because I had several personal experiences with pranic living, and I would love to share with you the first time it happened to me. As well at that, I also personally know many people who live partially or entirely on light, so it’s a very normal topic of conversation in my house.

In May 2012, I went to a workshop (I decided to delete who’s workshop this was since it’s not relevant and everyone has different experiences – don’t want people thinking like “oh if I go see this guy, I’ll start living off prana”). The purpose of this workshop was to use sound vibrations to experience forms of ancient Egyptian alchemy and clear out our chakras. It was only weeks later that I read that cleaning your chakras is an important step on the way to becoming breatharian.

I won’t go into the workshop and other changes I experienced through it, but I will tell you about one very very curious effect it had on me the day after – I pretty much went breatharian for a whole week! The guy who led the workshop did say that we will experience “things” for the next 7 days, he even joked and said “try not to quit your job” haha, but I never expected something like this!!

I simply lost my hunger for 7 days!

That morning I had my flight back to London, I wasn’t hungry but I thought I should eat anyway since I’m travelling (I’m sure you’ve all done that!). Airports have this weird effect on me, even if I ate just before getting there, I’ll still eat at the airport. This time I wasn’t hungry at the airport. I wasn’t hungry in the plane. And I wasn’t hungry 6 hours later when I had already landed. My body was “speaking” to me, it was telling me not to eat, and so I listened. I have a very good connection with my Higher Self, so I kept asking it every half an hour if I should eat that apple that was in my bag. Every time the answer was “no”.

Anya Andreeva meditating breathing forest, yoga, spirituality

I thought ok whatever, I must be too overwhelmed with energy from the workshop. I went to sleep. In the morning, I was still not hungry but more from habit than anything else, I made my morning smoothie. I had a few spoonfuls and I was full, my body just physically didn’t want the food I was giving it. Because I spent the weekend watching Jasmuheen’s videos (highly recommended!), I knew it was possible, so I figured I’ll just go along with it, see what the universe has planned for me. I’m not stupid enough to starve myself, I just figured I would eat when I’m actually hungry. Jasmuheen is one of the world’s most famous breatharians (though she doesn’t call herself that because she drinks water and occasionally has a bite of fruit) and I have been to see her several times after this and even organised several workshops for her in Spain in 2014 and 2015.

Long story short, that whole week I felt (very slight) hunger only twice, first time I ate a couple of tomato slices, the 2nd time I spent almost £10 on raw sushi… and ate just ONE – I fell into the trap of letting my eyes control my stomach.

The need-hunger and the want-hunger

Thing is, I have VERY clearly realised that our hunger is divided into the need-hunger and the want-hunger. I honestly believe that a lot of today’s health problems will be fixed if only people would eat when they NEED to, not when they want to.

The incredible thing with that week was, I don’t know exactly how it happened, probably a combination of factors but it was like my feelings of want-hunger were totally suppressed. I would walk around smelling yummy food smells and not caring, not even thinking twice about wanting to eat it. I don’t even know how to explain it, it’s like I had lost all interest in food. Even more so incredible….and yes this is a big one….I didn’t want any SUGAR!! I have an incredible sweet-tooth, and the fact that I completely ignored all things sweet for a week was a miracle for me.

How I felt emotionally not eating for a week

Anya Andreeva flying in Peru, Machu Picchu
I can’t even tell you how INCREDIBLE that felt. I felt so free, I felt so clean, so happy that I didn’t want to put all that heavy stuff in my body that I didn’t need! At the same time though, I must admit I was a little freaked out, who wouldn’t be? Yesterday I was eating pasta and croissants (rural German villages don’t cater too well for raw vegans..) and the morning after I was breatharian, wouldn’t you be a little nervous?! My mum was an awesome support, she kept telling me that it’s an amazing thing, that I should just go with it.

So for those of you wondering, it’s not something people force on themselves, it’s not a difficult process and it’s actually very enjoyable if you let it naturally come to you. You don’t starve yourself, your hunger just naturally dissolves when you are ready.

Cleansing and meditating

Anya Andreeva meditating in a forest, yoga, spirituality, prayer

On day 6 I really felt the need to clean out everything I had in my gut, I read on a breatharian site that at the beginning stages you should be getting an enema done every day, then less and less until you’re totally clean, so I thought maybe I need to be doing the same.

I hope I never forget the feeling of having NO food in my body, it was so awesome! I felt so light, so clean, so alive and healthy! The detox sucked (mood wise) for the first few days, but it was so worth it!

During that week, as usual, I meditated every day so I took in vital life energy needed to sustain me. This is by far the most important thing to do because if you are not taking in prana, then your body will eventually go into starvation mode.

Why did I start eating again?

So how did it all end? Well it didn’t, it just paused, I got a little taster that life on energy IS possible, and that that is what I should be aiming for in life. Just like with everything else, the universe gives you a taster of some “magic” and then takes it away and says “now you know it’s real, so go work for it!” haha 🙂 I definitely will!

But if you’re really curious why I started eating again, I had a solo to sing at a charity concert, and I got a little nervous and…yes I forcefully ate to stop stressing. How sad, right? Our habits really do make us weak…

Update: since that week, a lot of things have changed for me, and I actually experienced living on prana several times after that, the longest period being just over a month. I never forced it or asked for it, one day you just wake up and feel that you’re not hungry and so I listen to my body. That last month was the best of my life, I had to much free time to do other things, so much energy and so much love and gratitude for everything!

Read this for more information on breatharianism

When I went to Jasmuheen’s retreat in France, I wrote an article about my experiences. There you will find much more detailed information on some of the things that she taught us, like how to have a child if you’re breatharian, or how to check the prana percentage in your body. Please read it here.

About the Author:

Anya is a raw food chef, writer and an artisan chocolatier. Get her book with healthy vegan recipes here. Anya is also a relationship and tantric coach, helping individuals and couples worldwide (in-person or through video chat). She writes articles covering a broad range of themes, such as: love and tantra, natural health and spirituality and nutrition, as well as raw food recipes recipes! Anya is also passionate about travel and you can find her travel articles here.

9 Comments

  1. Gilmar Borges May 18, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Nice comments, I am learning this topic. Is fantastic the results.

  2. Bernard Johannes Sleijster July 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being open and vulnerable to write this post, I can appreciate it’s such a controversial subject, not many people would have the courage to post about it, I really admire that. I believe that there are things in this world that we cannot explain rationally, so I wouldn’t be closed off to the idea of believing in this.
    ~ Bernard Sleijster

  3. Gorozo May 24, 2016 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m Gorozo.
    I live in Japan and I made a commitment to be a breatharian.
    There are so many helpful tips in your journal.

    I’d like to read your next entry and I hope Jasmuheen will have a workshop in Japan.

    Thank you, Anya

  4. Conner Dixon February 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Hi, beautiful writing,

    Did you experience the amrita whilst you were breatharianizing?

    I believe that is the biggest case how prahlad jani was experiencing the need to not eat.

    I believe his amrita receiving become so powerful,

    that that was his biggest joy and hunger quenching/and thirst quenching

    I’m receiving the amrita now. as I wrote down before I got it in large amounts “Xibalbian concordian nectorian”

    This in the quote means I’m going to recieve the Amrita, where it’s from & what it’s going to do.

    Hope you don’t mind all this writing, I’m just eager for more teachings on receiving more amrita, for longer periods, so I can live on it like the yogis around the world.

    Hope you can enlighten me with further details.

    Peace & lots of love,

    Conner

  5. odarushka September 23, 2014 at 2:21 am - Reply

    Oh, this is a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing! I wish i could just natually go not wanting to eat anymore. We do need to learn to alleviate stress with meditation not food!

  6. Kari July 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    This is something I have never heard of before. I’ve heard stories about people who have gone years without food or water, but I didn’t know it was an ‘ism’.

    Love the lesson of eating when you need to, not when you want to. I’m acutely aware that I don’t listen to my body when it comes to food. I often say to my husband that if I were to listen to my body, I would hardly ever eat! It is definitely something I need to practice.

    • Anya July 6, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I think that that is the most important lesson when it comes to food, though we all fall into the trap of eating with our eyes.
      Since I wrote that I’ve now met several dozen people who live without food, but in the world there are over 50,000 I believe.

  7. Michelle October 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this, but my mom has this joke that I only need to eat every other day. As a child, I was hungry maybe every other day. I wouldn’t eat if I wasn’t hungry. Even now, as an adult, I don’t feel the need to eat daily.

    I’ve never heard of “getting your chakras cleaned”. Where does one find someone who will do this? Can it be done yourself, without aid?

    • Anya November 1, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      Thats amazing, Im sure many children are like that but we listen to our parents anyway. I just did my first 7 day fast and realised I was never actually hungry, its incredible!

      You can absolutely clean your chakras yourself, though you can go to professionals in your area who do this kind of work (maybe type in chakra healing into google, or join a spiritual facebook group). By yourself, there are many ways, I’ll give 2 examples of a visual and a physical way that really work and are easy to do:

      1) (Physical) Place your right hand over each chakra point on your body (on your heart etc) and do small circular motions CLOCKWISE as you look down (this is important). The exception is the crown (top) chakra, where you go ANTIclockwise.

      2) (Visual) Imagine going inside your body, to each chakra point. “Go” behind the chakra and see yourself cleaning it, you can do it in any way you feel it right, even take a mop out if you wish 🙂 Or you can visualise turning it ANTIclockwise (since you’re now behind it).

      There are also little circular devices that you can put on them that knocks you out for a few hours and balanced them while you sleep, but they’re very expensive to get

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