“Yoga is not possible for a person who eats too much, nor for one who does not eat at all, nor for one who sleeps too much, nor for a person who is always wakeful.”
- Bhagavad Gita, chapter 6, verse 16
The yogic diet is a vegetarian one; it consists mainly of foods that help to calm your mind and sharpen your intellect. If you want to get the optimum benefit from your yoga practice, eat foods that soothe and nourish your body. A pure diet promotes your physical health and much more. It encourages you to be cheerful, serene and maintain your mental poise throughout the day. When you practice yoga, you are working on yourself on many levels.
Your yoga practice will be greatly enhanced by a simple nutritious vegetarian diet, occasional fasting and abstinence from negative habits such as smoking.
General guideline for eating
- Try to chew each mouthful slowly and thoroughly, remembering that digestion begins in your mouth.
- Pay attention to eating and savour your food. Don’t eat while you are working at your computer, watching television or speaking on the phone.
- Try to cut down on snacking between meals.
- Don’t overload your stomach. The “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, an important ancient text, suggests that you fill your stomach only half-way with food, one quarter with liquid and leave the rest empty.
- Maintain a peaceful attitude during your meals. Don’t argue over the dinner table.
- Try to have some of your meals in silence.
- If you are planning to change your diet; do it gradually.
- Give thanks before you start to eat.
- Eat to live; don’t live to eat.