“And he knew that food was Brahman. From food, all beings are born. By food they live and into food they return”. – Upanishad 3.2
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is more than just a workout and is an art and science of healthy living.Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is more than just a workout and is an art and science of healthy living.
Doing Pranayams and yoga asanas are just not enough, it is important to compliment it with the yoga diet that is based on Ayurvedic Principles. According to Yoga, the food is the creator of Prana (life force or the breath) that endures our bodies and provides us energy, bringing us the health and vitality. There is an old saying, “we are what we eat”, and thus it is important to choose our diet as it reflects the level of our conscious development. The benefits of Yoga multiply with the right food habits.
A healthy diet helps to maintain or improve overall health. It provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, macronutrients, micronutrients, and adequate calories. A healthy food, in addition to yoga, may lower disease risks, such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
The following diet can be followed while practicing yoga.
- A yogic diet should be vegetarian.
- A yogic diet should be free of chemicals and stimulants.
- A yogic diet should contain fresh foods.
- A yogic diet should be at regular intervals, two hours before asana practice or sleep.
Nuts, dairy products, leafy greens, and legumes are full of high-quality protein. Their main residue is cellulose, which is inert, and does not pollute the body.
Choose organic when available, and avoid caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners.
If possible, always prepare a fresh meal. Frozen, prepared, packaged and left-over foods should be avoided, only taking in the freshest and the best.
Avoiding food two hours before exercise or sleep helps the body function at its best capacity. Energy for digestion should not be taken away for the purpose of the exercise.
BENEFITS OF YOGA WITH HEALTHY EATING
Yoga clubbed with healthy eating will provide the following benefits
- Lowers tension and promotes relaxation. Yoga can bring down our physical pressure, which helps discharge the hold that nervousness can have on us.
- Helps us regulate the breath. Yoga can teach us to breathe with awareness and to improve the efficiency of the Lungs.
- Could Improve Health of Heart. Studies demonstrate that yoga may help enhance heart well being and diminish a few hazard factors for coronary illness.
- Could Promote Sleep Quality. Studies show that incorporating yoga into your routine could help promote better sleep. Yoga also has a significant effect on anxiety, depression, chronic pain and stress — all common contributors to sleep problems.
Yoga is being practiced for the physical and mental well being of every individual but the importance to consume the essential food for a balanced diet is still on the process of every awareness campaign. In this yoga day, let the practice of consuming healthy food with the practice of yoga begin.