Do you know which nutrients are required to provide complete nutrition in a human diet?
This is a question we always ask our participants during our vegetarian cooking workshops and byron yoga retreats, to our surprise, hardly ever do we get an exact answer. The question now is: Do YOU? If you do not know the answer, it is very simple and it doesn't require deep knowledge. These nutrients are: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Minerals, Vitamins, Fats, Water and Starches.
Food and Diet are sensitive issues when it comes to discussion and advice. In this week's blog we would like to illustrate to you, through our own personal experience and knowledge of ancient teachings, how yoga relates to food and diet; particularly the subtle effect of food on the mind and emotions.
Physical Body: The Vehicle of the Soul
In Yoga the physical body is seen as an instrument, or vehicle, for the soul on its journey toward perfection. Just like other vehicles, this body/car has specific requirements which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage. In our practice we divide them in 5 Yogic Principles:
1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
5. Positive Thinking & Meditation (Vedanta & Dhyana)
Are you Putting the Right Petrol in your Tank?
Proper Diet (Vegetarian), provides the correct type of fuel. The body gets the energy it needs to work, grow, and maintain itself from prana (vital energy), air, water, and food.
As we all know, the food that we eat nourishes our physical body. Yogic diet goes a step further and connects to the subtle aspect of the food, or the energy that nourishes the mind, prana, emotions and allows the unfolding process of our consciousness or soul. In yoga we call this energy Sattva. Sattva is the universal quality of purity, truth, light, and love.
Here are 10 things to eat and avoid when following a yogic diet:
What to eat when following a Yogic Diet:
What to avoid when following a Yogic Diet:
You don’t need to be a Yoga practitioner, all you need is a desire to live a better life by following a diet that has been proven over thousands of years to build strong bodies and minds.