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Importance of diet in yoga practice

Importance of diet in yoga practice

Diet plays an important role in the success of yoga practice. Right food choices are indispensable for success in yoga practice at the beginning of a meal. Yoga diet is also a necessary condition before practicing pranayama/yoga.

  • One who starts practicing yoga without controlling his diet suffers from many diseases and does not progress.

Three types of yogic foods

Sankhya philosophy (सांख्य दर्शन) says that there are three characteristics of satvic, rajasic and tamasic in this world. Similarly, each person has three different qualities that are prominent and determine the nature and choice of a person. People with three different qualities favor three different types of food.

Satvik Diet(सात्विक आहार:):

  • Which enhance life span, mental essence, strength, health, rest, and pleasantness, which are delicious, astringent, stable and heart-satisfying foods. 
  • Satvik diet is also called yogic diet. It is considered as a natural state of unprocessed food that is fresh and free of any additives or preservatives.
  • Satvik diet should be consumed in its natural form, that is, uncooked, boiled or very lightly cooked. Satvik diet includes whole grains (vegetables), pulses, nuts and seeds (protein), fresh fruits and vitamins and minerals, herbs, natural sweeteners such as honey etc.

Rajasic Diet(राजसिक आहार):

  • Bitter, sour, salty, extremely hot, pungent, dry and burning substances, which are compatible with Rajasic substances, causing restlessness, depression and disease.
  • Diet should be avoided in the practice of yoga; They include: Caffeine-containing drinks such as tea and coffee, excessive food, artificial additives in food. Hot pepper or anything that can irritate the mucous membrane. Garlic, Onion, Mushroom, etc.

Tamasic Diet(तामसिक आहार):

  • On the whole, tasteless, stinky, rancid, omitted by others, does not fit as prasad, it tastes vindictive food.
  • The tamasic diet consists of foods that are heavy and cause fatigue or lethargy in a person. Such foods are best avoided by people suffering from chronic diseases or depression.
  • The tamasic diet includes foods such as: red meats, alcohol, rancid or rotten foods, overeating or crippled fruits, burnt foods, processed foods, fermented foods, deep-fried foods.

Prohabited food(Apathya aahara):

  • Foods that are prohibited for the yoga practice.Those that are bitter, sour, pungent, salty, hot, green vegetables (other than them), citruslet oil, sesame and mustard, wine, fish, meat foods, which are yogurt . Buttermilk, horse gram, oil cake, asafoetida and garlic.
  • An unhealthy diet should not be taken, which is heated after cooling, which is dry (devoid of natural oil), which is too salty or acidic, rancid or contains too much (mixed) pollution. Nutritious / nutritious food:
  • The most favorable foods for a yogi are: good grains, wheat, rice, barley, milk, ghee, sugar, sugar (crystallized sugar), honey, dry ginger, leaf fruit (a species of cucumber). , Paj. Caution, moong and such pulses, and pure water.
  • Yogis should take nutritious and sweet food mixed with ghee and milk; This Dhatura (the basic ingredient of the body) should be nutritious and soothing and appropriate.

Important Tips

  • Yoga (pranayama) should not be practiced after meals, nor when one is very hungry; Before starting the practice, some milk and butter should be taken.
  • The yogic diet does not limit its positive effects on physical health, but also brings harmony to a person’s state of mind.
  • If food is pure, then pure body will be the essence, purity of physical body brings stability in memory and if memory becomes stable, a person will not have to face mental conflicts.
  • Generally, yogic food is of vegetarian (satvic) type which is easily digestible and contains energy and healthy. Health benefits of vegetarian diet include reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and stomach cancer. Vegetarians usually have low blood and low cholesterol levels.

The yogic diet is specifically designed for yogic exercise, so that a yogic doctor is not ill and remains healthy for the entire exercise. Mainly vegetarian, moderate and pure (unmodified and informal) diet. People with sedentary lifestyles can be of great help if they follow a yogic diet along with their regular yoga practice.

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