What Foods Are Recommended In A Healthy Yoga Meditation Diet?

What foods are recommended to include in a healthy yoga meditation diet? By now, if you’ve been practicing yoga meditation awhile, that would be a logical question to ask. The answer is; “It depends.” It depends on whether you’re trying to lose some excess body weight, maintain or enhance your health, or to exclude Western diet foods, especially meat, in order to enhance your practice of yoga. Just as there are many different styles of yoga, there are also different schools of thought on the proper yoga diet. Sure, you could go ahead and more or less eat anything you wanted to. But with any program that emphasizes health and wellness, it’s always best to eat the most nutritionally dense foods while avoiding those that aren’t. For example, vegetarian, and especially vegan diets, are often touted as having detoxifying effects on the body. The claim is that their vegetable-sourced foods “alkalinize” the body by neutralizing the toxins and acids produced by eating meat. Many traditional yoga diets are vegan, or at least predominantly vegetarian. Eating meat “heats up” the body, while consuming a vegetarian diet tends to “cool it down.” This claim isn’t so much scientific fact as much as it’s just accepted to be true by traditional yoga teachers.  After all, as the saying goes, we truly are what we eat. This featured article from the NY Daily News online India Edition covers many ideas central to yoga practice, but the specifics on nutrition are instructive.

What Foods Are Recommended In A Healthy Yoga Meditation Diet?

“Practice yoga with a teacher who is connected to the traditional form of the exercise. It is important to focus on your

diet because I believe that we are what we eat. So, treat your body like a temple and take nutritious and wholesome food

Yoga Meditation Diet

Proper diet enhances the benefits of yoga meditation. Photo by Andrejs Pidjass c/o Photos.Com.

like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, sprouts, nuts and healthy fats.

“Drink at least one glass of vegetable juice everyday. It helps in cleansing and alkalising your body. Make sure you walk

for at least 30 minutes every day. Last but not the least, make peace, happiness, health and joy your priority. Also, a

positive approach towards life will attract success,” Mehta said.

You can read the entire piece from the India Edition of the NYDailyNews.com here:

I tend to approach the understanding of the human body as a process and not a static entity. Did you know that about every 1-2 years, virtually all of the molecules that make up our bodies get replaced with new ones? Where do those new molecules come from? Why, it’s what you ate and took into yourself all during that time, of course. Think of a car as an example. Imagine how it would perform if you regularly replaced portions with only factory parts, compared to using cheap or counterfeit parts. How would it perform? Do you think it would break down more often? Now that saying, “You are what you eat” takes on even more meaning, doesn’t it? So, a very good yoga meditation diet would include only the most nutrient dense foods on a consistent basis, especially lots of fruits and vegetables, all preferably from local sources. As to whether or not you can include meat, while it’s not off limits, it wouldn’t hurt to eat less of it.

Do you have any strong opinions on the subject of yoga and diet? If you do, why not share it with us and leave a comment below? I’d like to know what experiences you’ve had.

Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining. It is an applied science, a systematized collection of laws applied to bring about a definite end. It takes up the laws of psychology, applicable to the unfolding of the whole consciousness of man on every plane, in every world, and applies those rationally in a particular case. This rational application of the laws of unfolding consciousness acts exactly on the same principles that you see applied around you every day in other departments of science.       — Annie Wood Besant

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