Fitness and nutrition belong together, also in yoga. Life energy should not only be promoted through physical and mental exercises but also through a balanced diet. We reveal what a yogic nutrition plan can look like.
Similar to Ayurvedic nutrition, yoga nutrition also divides foods into groups based on their effect on the body. This classification according to properties is the focus when putting together the meals, not the proportion of nutrients. The yoga diet knows the following three types:
- Sattvic food: The nutrient-rich, energizing foods should form the main part of the diet of yogis. These include potatoes, whole grain products, salads, vegetables, fruit, soy, and cow’s milk products.
- Tamasic Foods: They are the opposite of sattvic food and are said to make the mind and body sluggish. Yogis should therefore avoid meat, fish, convenience products, and stimulants such as alcohol and cigarettes as far as possible.
- Rajasic food: This includes all foods that overstimulate the organism. Coffee, black tea, white flour, sugar, and overly spiced food are therefore not welcome in the yoga diet.
Principles of Yoga Nutrition
Following the classification, there are further nutritional principles that accompany yoga as a holistic way of life and sport. The following applies: the fresher and less processed the food, the better. Alive instead of boiled to death is the motto of yoga cooking recipes, which the clean eating trend is also picking up on. So that the digestion and the organism are not unnecessarily burdened, yogis rely on a vegetarian, alkaline, and low-fat diet. Drinking plenty, chewing food slowly and well, and fasting once a week should further support this approach. Anyone who eats according to these guidelines optimally supports the goals that are to be achieved with classical yoga: a healthy body, a clear mind, and good karma. Depending on the yoga teachings such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, and Yin, further recommendations are added.
This is how you implement the diet yourself
Many principles of the yogic diet correspond to a conscious diet, as advocated by institutions such as the German Society for Nutrition. If you would like to try this type of diet, a gradual change is recommended. For example, start with breakfast and gradually integrate other meals that correspond to the yoga diet. Many veteran yogis report that they have a natural sense of which foods work for them and which don’t. This is why the sport does not specify any rigid formulas for the food composition, such as 30 percent protein and 50 percent carbohydrates. In any case, it is good for you, because with yoga exercises and an appropriate diet you can lose weight, relax and feel better overall.