How Do You Follow A Yogic Diet?

The ancient yogis believed your diet had a huge influence on not just your physical wellbeing, but your emotional and spiritual wellness, too. The practice of yoga should therefore be complimented by the right kind of food in order to gain the full benefits.

According to yoga practitioners and natural food advocates, the principles of Ayurveda and Macrobiotics view food as more than just nutrients – food is energy. And, in order to achieve great energy, you need to eat foods that are not only rich in nutrients, but also leave you feeling light, satisfied and with a clear mind.

As you practice yoga, you cultivate sensitivity and a more subtle awareness, which allows you to feel the variations of the imprint that different foods create in your body and mind. When you know what to do in the kitchen, and follow the blueprint of the Seasons as a guide, you soon experience more than just the taste of food, you feel its energy, or you could say its purpose, too.

Nature, with all its expressions, is always perfect just as it is. When you look into the wisdom of Nature, you see a wonderful teacher, and in a time when returning to simple foods is so vital to the Earth, you can learn how to bring an ecological responsibility to your eating choices. A wholefood, plant-based diet stands out as a sustainable choice for both the environment and ourselves.

In yoga schools, students are encouraged to eat a predominantly vegetarian diet because on an everyday basis, a wholefood, plant-based diet is essential to maintain good health. It’s a simple way to prevent yourself from attracting the many chronic illnesses that modern society faces today.

Seasonal cooking and eating is a key practice to attune with nature’s wisdom. We need to adapt our bodies through food, so that we enjoy the best of the energy of each season. As an obvious example, in summer, it makes sense to eat less concentrated and warming foods than in winter, so you retain less heat in your body. The whole year has an energetic cycle to follow.

Often when you start yoga practices, you encounter feelings of transformation. The mind expands, the body changes, and sensitivity develops so you experience yourself differently. A non-judgmental and compassionate approach to changing habits is fundamental for long-lasting results. People should be inspired to respect their bodies, and develop a lifestyle that is creative and enjoyable, one where food is celebrated as the fuel for the sacred fires of life on Earth. As you can see from the following recipes, it’s a delicious and healthy way to eat.

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