For many people, yoga asana classes are the first step towards becoming more healthy. After a while you might find yourself asking, what next? One way to commit more fully to a yogic lifestyle is to pay more attention to what you eat.
According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system for natural healing, eating a balanced, vegetarian diet is essential for health and wellbeing. An Ayurvedic diet focuses on ensuring that our system is in balance. Food is categorised according to the three gunas, which correspond to different types of energy or mental states.
- Tamas: Lethargy and dullness.
- Rajas: Restlessness and anger.
- Sattva: Harmony and purity.
Tamasic foods include meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, preserved food and old, reheated food. Small amounts of these foods can help sleep. An excess of tamasic foods can make you feel sluggish and lazy.
Rajasic foods include anything that is too hot, spicy or sweet, including coffee, fizzy soft drinks, tea, sugary foods and chocolate. A little of these foods can provide dynamism and energy. Eating too much can make you feel restless and aggressive.
A Sattvic way of eating is based on a lacto-vegetarian diet of whole foods, including grains, vegetables, pulses, fruit, nuts, seeds, milk, and organic milk products. Sattvic food is cooked with love and eaten with awareness and gratitude.
The state of Sattva is considered ideal for a yogic lifestyle. It means your body is healthy and your mind is peaceful. Vegetarian food is considered sattvic because it detoxifies, cleans and purifies the body and increases our resistance to illness. It also abides by the principle of yoga that all living beings are treated with respect and love.
During a vegetarian cooking and yogic lifestyle workshop at our Brisbane ashram, you will learn the principles of a vegetarian, sattvic diet that are easy to apply every day. Is it time to take the next step on your yogic journey?