It’s a known fact that healthy nutrition is important. Vegetables, fruit, salads – so far so good. But did you know that yogis have actually been benefiting from special foods to improve their yoga exercising for more than 2000 years? Well, there you go…
It was detected that food and herbs all have a special basic quality (called guna) which has a certain influence on our emotions and well-being. Some food makes you nervous or restive, others tired and others again just make you feel good. Taking advantage of this knowledge they used the energy of the food to develop mind and body to reach higher states of awareness.
The science of Yoga divides food into three categories – sattvic, rajasic and tamasic food. Following you’ll find some examples for these three types:
- Sattvic food: nuts, seeds, cereals, vegetables, fruit, dairy products, honey and herbal tea
- Rajasic food: meat, fish, fast food, coffee, tea, chocolate, root seasonings and vegetables
- Tamasic food: pork, eggs, alcohol, vinegar, spoiled and fermented food
Tamasic food should not be consumed because it produces gases and toxic products in your body and causes secretion of bad smells. Rajasic food should be avoided as it is very hard to digest and many waste products are accumulated. Due to these body reactions it is recommended that a healthy diet should only consist of sattvic food if possible. It helps feeling well and balanced because it is energizing and easy to digest. It should be prepared in a gentle way to conserve the ingredients and with little spices.
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