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6 Easy Yogi-diet tips for Beginners

6 Easy Yogi-diet tips for Beginners

6 Easy Yogi-diet tips for Beginners

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Yoga and Nutrition

It is known that yoga is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual exercises. which provides practitioners with enlightenment as highly feasible. Breathing, the intricate postures and chanting (singing of mantras with and without meaning to reach ‘ a higher consciousness ‘). Food is an important part of it. What and how we eat can improve this journey from/to consciousness and increase our vitality on the way.

A quote from Yogi Bhajan * reads: ‘ The physical body is a temple. Make sure. The spirit is energy. Rule it. The soul is the projection. Represent it. All knowledge is incorrect if the soul is not experienced in the body ‘.

* A key Master in Kundalini Yoga. Born in Pakistan. He brought Kundalini Yoga to America in the Seventies. (1929-2004).

The yogic Food and food categories

We humans (mammals) need food to survive and it is important for our overall well-being. We strive for healthy choices. A good start can be to avoid, for example, desserts and processed foods. While a diet with lots of vegetables, fruits and cereals serve your body and mind in a beautiful way. Naturally in combination with yoga practice.

Yogi Bhajan encouraged his students to ​​to embrace a diet, including complete, simple and fresh food, without consuming meat and eggs. He suggested that someone can get enough protein by eating the right combination of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and cereals. According to Yogi Bhajan you can enjoy dairy in moderation, because it increases the mucus, which is beneficial for many yoga breathing exercises, especially the ‘ breathing of Fire ‘: Kapalabhati.

Yogic vegetarians believe that this style of eating can lead to increased energy without causing a heavy feeling. Fats and meats are more difficult to process and without these in our diet we experience better digestion and metabolism.

Yogic food can be broken down into three main groups. Followers who want to focus on grace, rest, discipline, intuition, or being more sensitive should follow a more Sattvic diet. For people who have an active or demanding lifestyle, with a healthy dose of attention, a combination of Sattvic and Rajastic food could be considered. Yoga experts strongly recommend avoiding Tamastic food for all lifestyles. For those of us who embrace disciplines that are demanding, such as Kundalini Yoga, we need a combination of Rajastic and Sattvic food.

The physical body is a temple. Take good care of it. The spirit is energy. Again take good care of it. The soul is the projection. Represent it. All knowledge is incorrect if the soul is not experienced in the body.

-Yogi Bhajan-

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The 3 most important Yogi food groups

Sattvic. Sattvic foods contain vegetables, ghee (clarified butter), fruits, legume, and whole grains. These foods are used to stimulate clarity and lightness.

Rajastic. Rajastic Foods promote willpower and strength with stimulant herbs and spices such as hot peppers, s, lt and coffee.

Tamastic. These foods are usually associated with impulsiveness, dullness or anger. Meat, fish, alcohol and eggs are part of this group.

6 easy ‘ Yogi-diet ‘ tips for beginners

Eating healthy foods is a nice starting point, but it’s often easier said than done. Give yourself time to investigate this and make it your own. And aside from what you eat, the way you eat also makes a big difference. To help you with your new yogic food trip, here are some tips to get you started right away.

1. take the time to “bless” food. Take some time to relax and close your eyes to spiritually recognizing the blessing of the food. Again a beautiful spell of Yogi Bhajan: ‘ The attitude of gratitude is the highest Yoga ‘.

2. Avoid distractions during your meal times. Don’t be distracted by television and put your phone on silent so you can concentrate on your food.

3. Skip the sugar. Sugar is also compared to poison. It could damage your body. Do you need sweets; Go for naturally sweet fruit and avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners.

4. Keep it simple. Search in the beginning for foods, which contain many vitamins and minerals. Choose vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and cereals that are easy to prepare. And which you can keep longer.

5. Eat slowly. Take the time to chew well while eating. Use this time to meditate-as well. Research has shown that more chewing extends meal times, which supports digestion and weight retention.

6. Eat your meal in combination with a meditation. And after dinner, sit down to think about the process: digesting food in energy. As if you can visualize it. Followed by a short nap of 11 minutes on your right side. This to initiate digestion. And if this is not feasible (which is very logical on a working day;), then sit in Vajrasana (on your knees, sitting on your heels with your hands in your lap) or enjoy a cup of (Yogi) tea.

Yoga is …. healthy green smoothies and pizza

Yoga is …. healthy green smoothies and pizza

What is yoga?

What is yoga all about? It is not a religion. Not a way of life that lectures you to live your life a certain way. Yoga is about life. About me, you, all of us trying to find a way. You do not have to be happy, or stand out, there are no competitions, no medals to be achieved and there is no goal either? So why would you start, you might wonder?

The contemporary Western assumption is that yoga, like all else, is a skill. Looking from the outside, it seems nothing more than a series of funny postures More than postures that help to solve flexibility and stress. I also thought yoga was so black and white. But from the moment of my first training, I realized that there is so much more. Yoga is about diving deep into yourself, knowing who you thought you were, the layers of which you think you should peel off and settle in who you really are. Yoga is about feeling all things and making those feelings happen. Yoga is about discovering the beautiful person you already are, and not hiding it for someone. Yoga is about having good days, having bad days and having days that are a bit of both. Yoga is about seeing yourself in others, even if they make you angry. Yoga is about trying new things – things that make you scared – not getting attached to those things. Yoga is about being honest.

What is true?

So let’s be honest. Yoga is not as beautiful as it looks like on Instagram. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. I have never sweat or cried as much as I have done on my yoga mat except maybe during the birth of my children. These were tears of deep happiness, fatigue and pain. If I say it’s about diving deep into yourself, I mean deeply Sadness is your Joy . I encountered things that I thought I had processed a long time ago. Either way, tucked away deeply. My thoughts, feelings, relationships, conversations, memories, they all come along in the flow of a yoga practice. And the strange thing is, that it’s all amazing! I feel like I’m making progress; I’m getting this new person, this better person. The crazy thing is that I cannot really explain. For family and friends, I am that person talking yoga-talk, trying to get it across. They are politely nodding their head. Clearly don’t have a clue what it is I am talking about. And that is absolutely fine. It is my (yoga) story, my path. And not theirs.

Yoga for YOU

Indeed, yoga can be lonesome. It is an individual exercise, and what you experience on your mat will be very different from what I experience on mine. I always tell my students that there is no wrong or right in yoga – that’s just it. Existence knows no right and wrong There are days I am on my mat and I’m completely distracted by what is going on in my head. And other days I’m on my mat and I can’t get enough of it. In my own practice, I discovered that this loneliness is actually the key to ‘my true self’. What is underneath all those layers. Discovering (time after time) who I really am. And that changes continuously. It’s a process. What am I afraid of? The answer is often: fear. When I have recognized my fear, I can see this fear in others too. And I no longer feel alone. Yoga is about unity. We all have the same emotions that come by day-in-day-out. We all know how it feels to be very sad or to be filled with joy. We do not have the same experiences, backgrounds, but we all feel the same things. And those things I had tucked away very deeply? Well, other people have them too. Yoga helps to bring those things to the surface. Yes, we all have the need to get attached to pain and addicted to putting stuff away. When I realized that it was strange to hold on to “fear” and “sadness” I could let go. Yoga is about purifying emotional luggage to make way for more emotional luggage.

Yoga, a problem solver?

Yoga is certainly not a quick solution. My problems are not resolved when I step off my mat. That is the reason why they call it ‘practice’.  Yoga takes time. And in a fast moving world it is hard to say we have the time. But if I do not have time for myself, what sense does it make? Yoga is difficult. Life is hard. Yoga trains for life. I would not do it if I did not believe in it. Making people more conscious of life, seeing each other and showing understanding towards one another. With teaching yoga and passing it on, I certainly do not have the wisdom in mind. My life is definitely not perfect. And no, I am not always happy. Bringing yoga to the people means giving the things I have learned from it (Svadhayaya). And the bad days are there too, and the moments of doubt and insecurity. Yoga is not about being perfect. Yoga is about balance. Yoga is about drinking healthy green smoothies and eating pizza. Yoga is about finding acceptance in the world, in others, and especially in yourself.