Friday, 14 June 2013

Understand the Yogic Diet

Yoga is defined as that practice which leads to anushasanam, which means the governing of one’s subtle nature. Yoga Diet is an essential aspect of Yoga practice. 
Food according to yogis is traditionally classified according to its effect on the body and mind, using the three GunasSattva (the quality of love, light and life), Raja (the quality of activity and passion, lacking stability) and Tamas (the quality of darkness and inertia, dragging us into ignorance and attachment). Sattvic food calms the mind, sharpens the intellect and is ideal for spiritual growth. It includes most organic fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, whole grains, honey and milk.
Rajasic foods are over-stimulating and bring restlessness of mind. Rajasic foods include most processed foods, overly spicy food, coffee, tea eggs, garlic, onion, meat and chocolate. Eating too fast or with a disturbed mind is also considered Rajasic.
Tamasic food produces lethargy and dullness of the mind. Foods in this category include meat, eggs, alcohol and mushrooms as well as food that are charred, fermented or stale. Taking drugs or overeating is also Tamasic
A diet that is conducive to the practice of Yoga and spiritual progress can be rightly termed Yogic Diet. A real yogi eats to live, rather than living to eat. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to do yoga, but with practice as you become more aware of your body, you’ll find that eating meat makes you feel heavy and lethargic. A vegetarian diet, on the other hand, helps you maintain the energized feeling you get from your yoga practice. Try to Eat Fresh, Whole Organic Foods. Many believe it’s difficult to switch to a vegetarian diet. It is not necessary for you to stop eating non vegetarian food all at once. But you can gradually reduce these foods from your diet. Yogis eat to satisfy hunger. In yoga, a person should have minimal things in life, possessions for example. This makes living simpler and more enjoyable. Don’t overindulge.  A traditional guideline is to fill half your stomach with food and a quarter with water, leaving part empty. Try to Eat Fresh, Whole Organic Foods.
Pray and meditate before you cook, so you’ll cook with a centered, positive attitude and loving heart. Practice gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness as you cook. Diet can influence the mind and change the personality. The Sattvic diet allows yoga practitioners to lead noble, meditative and peaceful lives free of over-stimulation and debilitating negative emotions.

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