Summary: Diet is as responsible for maintaining good health as the Yoga practice. Explore the article and know the link between foods and yoga.
The amount, quality, and quantity of food we ingest play a crucial role in maintaining a good health. As it is said that working out regularly is required for a healthy body and mind, likewise regulating your diet is also important. According to the Yoga Philosophy- ‘he who commences the practices of Yoga without first controlling his diet becomes a victim of many diseases.’
True that! The food we consume influences our physical as well as our emotional well-being. In today’s time, most of us eat our meals mindlessly, in hurry, and without knowing the appetite. When it comes to yoga, indulging in the right kind of foods is important to get the most out of the yoga practice.
What you’re indulging inside shows outside
We all know that the way our body feels inside is projected outside. Indulging in wrong kind or amount of food makes our body feel heavy internally and results in practicing the yoga with difficulty. The right kind of food balances the body and helps to indulge in mindful eating. In this manner, the body observes the benefits of both the food and of the yoga practice.
Inflammation, Food, and Yoga
Inflammation in the body is responsible for the on-setting of many diseases. Unhealthy food, toxic environment, sedentary lifestyle, and extreme workouts are some of the major reasons for this inflammation. Inflammation is related to yoga directly. When our body is under the inflammation, it causes joint pain, digestive issues, stiffness, body aches, discomfort, etc., and restricts us from practicing yoga. It also triggers the excess release of cortisol- the stress hormone and indulging in nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory food helps a lot.
Sugar and Stiffness come together
Do you know that after sugar consumption, you can have sugar-aches? Yes, an overindulgence of sugar triggers the sugar inflammation that leads to stiff joints, muscles aches, and migraine, and practicing yoga with any of the condition can lead to injury or can aggravate the pain. Decrease the amount of sugar-intake to lower down the pain and for your sweet tooth, induce naturally Ayurvedic-sweetened foods and fruits.
The indistinguishable effect of Yoga and Food on the body
Food and Yoga are interlinked. Both are beneficial to the body. Both help in detoxifying the body and help in restoring the vials of the body and mind. With the perfect combination of healthy food and a regular yoga practice, you can eliminate toxins, calories, fatigue, and stress, and further gain energy, body balance, and vitality.
Yoga Philosophy meets food
As you apply the yoga principles on your practice, the same way it can be imposed on the food. Apply the 10 yogic principles to your food- Yamas and Niyama. The imposition of the rules help you with eating better and remaining in discipline and also helps keep the lifestyle diseases at bay.
Add these yogic values into your kitchen and revive the soul of the food. Connect with the inner-self, stay in the present moment, taste food with all your senses, and eat in a peaceful environment with a mindfulness approach. The practice helps you to align with your soul and helps you indulge in healthy food habits with ease. It also makes you realize your appetite and restricts you from emotional eating.
Well said, “when the diet is wrong medicine is of no use and when the diet is correct medicine is of no need.” The food type has a lot to do with our health. As per Yoga and Ayurveda, food is of three types: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic.
• Sattvic food helps to purify the body and calms the mind.
• Eating Rajasic food in excess can cause restlessness, anger, hyperactivity, irritability, and sleeplessness.
• Tamasic food makes your mind dull and brings confusion, inertia, and disorientation.
When you start listening to the inner-self, in the true sense, you form a strong connection with the inner-being. With the right kind of food and yoga practice combination, the lost equilibrium is achievable.
The Author is a Blogger, Traveler and a Yoga Teacher in India. He loves writing on yoga related stuff. He has been practioning yoga from last 7 years. His strong connection with yoga has made him to organize Yoga meditation classes and yoga retreat in India.