Yoga is much more than just twisting, turning and bending your body. As per the research most of people who perform yoga have opted it to live a more meaning full and stress-free life. When you perform yoga your body is in state of pleasure which is considered to be divine and out of the world. But as they say what goes in your body reflect in your appearance, no matter how much you practise yoga or any cardio regime your body will not be benefitted unless you diet is not taken care off.
The yoga practitioners think that a yogic diet is an extremely important aspect of leading a better life. Eating is perhaps the single most important act for one’s yoga practice because nourishment of the body’s tissues forms a foundation for the nourishment of the mind and emotions. Our eating habits play a major role in preventing and curing diseases, making us mindful, spiritual and emotionally balanced. The yogic practice is incomplete without following a proper yogic diet
Categories of Food
There are three major categories in which Yogis divide the food items & each category has an effect on our mental & physical well being.
Eg : Grains such as rice, wheat, oats / Fresh Green Vegetables/ Fresh fruits/ Fresh Curd and Ghee or Butter
The classification of this category got its name from the Sanskrit word Sattva which means Purity, As per the Yogic & Ayurvedic diet Sattvic foods are considered to the best diet for a Yogi’s body
Eg : Excessively salty, spicy or sour foods, Beverages, Fried Food Items
A rajasic diet is known to be consumed by kings during ancient times. These food items aggravate Pitta and Vata (types of doshas or constitutions of your body) levels in the body such food can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, anger & sleepnessness
Eg : Meat, Fish, Food with Preservatives, Food Kept over night
Tamasic foods are those which dull the mind and bring inertia, confusion, and disorientation. Stale or reheated food, items that are too oily or heavy on the stomach, and artificial foods come under this category. All the non-vegetarian food Items falls under this category
Set up your Routine: Follow these Basic Things
- Start your day with a smile, detach yourself from your phones and gadgets at least 40 min before sleeping or waking up
- Be hydrated throughout the day, aim for 2.5 to 3 Liters of water during the day
- Consume those nuts, include a fistful of overnight soaked almonds in your daily diet, preferably earning morning
- Veggies are your friends, include two portions of vegetable in each meal
- Do not exceed two cups of tea or coffee in a day
- Sleep is important, make sure to sleep sound for 7-8 hours
A very important that must be given importance while following the yogic diet plan is that the person practicing yoga should maintain a strategic distance from any kinds of chemicals and stimulants. Any substance like that of tabocco, alcohol, caffeine and processed food items must be refrained from. This is because these food items have a negative effect on the mind, body and soul and they also hinder the yoga routine.