The Yogic Diet
For those practicing the various branches of Yoga the addition of the yogic diet will greatly compliment their yoga asana/meditation/pranayama practice creating a well rounded holistic yogic lifestyle. The yogic diet also falls into one of the yamas of yoga or lifestyle practices of yoga which is ahimsa or non-violence.
The yogic diet is a diet free of meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs. The diet consist of eating if available and preferred organic vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, as well as teas and juices. In classic Yogic scriptures it is known as Mitahara which translates to moderation in eating. The Yogic diet consist of three well-balanced Sattvic meals
The yogic diet categorizes food with three types of qualities. These qualities are known as Rajasic, Tamasic and Sattvic food. The yogic diet consist mainly of sattvic food such as vegetables, fruits, etc. Sattvic foods are are pure, natural, energy containing, clean, honest, wholesome food which keeps the body, mind and spirit healthy and vibrant.
Rajasic food are over stimulating food that cause one to feel fatigue, restless, and attention problems when eaten. Tamasic food is heavy causing sleepiness and wight gain.
Go ahead give The Yogic diet a try. Challenge yourself for a month and see the difference it will make in your yoga practice and your overall well-being!
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