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-


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.

7 Benefits of Yin Yoga

7 Benefits of Yin Yoga


Are you racing through life? From to-do list to your work, household, and also keep track of a busy social life. You often have little energy at the end of the day. You never seem to feel rested. In addition, an ‘ old injury ‘ is playing up, for which you actually have “no time”. Maybe you would have to go to a Yin YogaLesson? In This lesson Yoga poses are held for a longer period of time. It is a yoga form that is not perceived as dynamic and active. But certainly it is effective, when it comes to (learning) relaxing of body and mind. Yin Yoga has many advantages

Below you will find 7 examples.

Yin Yoga:

  • Soothes and balances body and mind
  • Works stress-lowering
  • Increases (blood) circulation in the body
  • Improves your flexibility and raises blockages
  • loosens connective tissue
  • Improves the mobility of your joints
  • Improves the balance of your organs, breathing and allows your energy to flow again

What is Yin yoga anyway?

Yin Yoga is a yoga style that is slower, less dynamic than, for example, the more active forms like Ashtanga or Vinyasa. The yoga postures in a Yin yoga class-or also called Asanas-are held for longer periods of time. Between one and five minutes. For beginners, this can be shorter than 1 minute and for advanced practitioners longer than five minutes. By holding the yoga postures more and more, you exert pressure on the connective tissue in your body-the tendons, fascia and ligaments-which increases the circulation in your joints and, of course, improves your flexibility. Yin Yoga aims to make you aware of your inner silence and to understand the ‘ everything is one ‘ principle, in other words; Everything is connected. The principle of Yin Yoga was founded in the Seventies by Paulie Zink. A martial arts expert and also Taoïstisch yoga teacher. He brought this gentle yoga style to the west. Important Western ‘ yin Yoga teachers ‘ Paul Grilley and Sarah powers strengthened the yin movement, through their inspiring lessons. Both are still active and champion of this form. They see this style especially as a full complement to the more active forms of yoga.

Yin Yoga is really for everyone

For whom is Yin yoga

Jokingly it is also said that Yin Yoga is a yoga form for ‘ lazy people ‘. That is of course not true. Yin Yoga is really for everyone. Whether you’re working full-time, running marathons or retired. However, Yin Yoga can be confrontational. Feelings and emotions suddenly reveal themselves. For example, unprocessed emotions or old injury-suffering can be brought to light. Listening to your body and setting your limits is very important. At the same time, the longer holding of the yoga postures is very healing, cleansing and relaxing. And it gives your body and mind the message you are more than; Your work, study, mortgage. And just as with meditation, the stillness and tranquility can give you answers to important questions or issues, and works this practice-proven-stress reduction and brings you in balance again. So treat yourself to this warming, relaxing and gentle yoga style, where you are at the helm and decide which way you go.

Yoga Mats: 5 good-things-to-know

Yoga Mats: 5 good-things-to-know

Yoga Mats: 5 good-things-to-know

Your first yoga mat. You usually buy them when you're hooked. in other words; You are fond of yoga and following lessons.

Yoga mats

The mats in the studio are fine. But its own mat is also pleasant and hygienic. My first yoga mat I bought in a drugstore. In the discount corner. Not very expensive, beautiful turquoise color. I still remember my first mat. I was very happy with my profitable purchase. When I told fellow yogis about my new mat, I soon learned that I might be looking for another yoga mat in the near future. Why? Because there are a lot of things you can look out for.


1. Thickness

The thickness of the mat is very important since you hold some yoga shapes longer sometimes. This is the case for instance with Yin Yoga, a yoga style where you can take yoga postures for a long time. You have mats ranging between 4 and 6 mm. Important to watch out for when you are an avid Yin yoga practitioner.

2. Grip

The grip on a yoga mat is especially important to not glide away with your hands or feet during yoga postures. This is especially noticeable if, for example, you get moist hands of sweat. A mat with good grip, really makes the difference. Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga are, for example, styles where good grip is very important.

3. Material

They can be made from different materials. Today, of course, it is also important whether they are manufactured on a sustainable basis. There are several brands on the market, which make durable mats of natural PVC. This material is durable and therefore lasts a long time >, 10 years. The grip is fantastic and for all types of yoga to use. There are also mats made of natural rubber. The lifespan of these mats is about 5 years. The material is very rough, which can be very difficult for ‘ gliding ‘. Think of, for example, yoga postures, which flow smoothly. Personally, the smell of rubber is not very pleasant. The opinions are divided over it, the strong ‘ rubber smell ‘ will eventually also wear off. It is also possible to combine materials. For example the combination of natural rubber or PVC with environmentally friendly polyurethane.

4. Color

There is no argument about taste. And the same also applies to colour. In yoga, it is about living/feeling in the moment. A color in which you felt comfortable five years ago can currently not feel right at all. Follow your intuition when choosing a color.


5. Brands

There are many different yoga brands, which make beautiful mats, with all good qualities.

Liforme; Very fine mats, they have done a lot of research into the combination: 100% grip and 100% eco/sustainable. These mats are not cheap; 129.50 EUR. There are also lines on these mats, to support your yogapractice; AlignForMe. And there is the possibility to choose a broader and/or longer yoga mat. Standard size: Length: 185 cm, Width: 68 cm.

Manduka; Also has very fine traditionally rugged rubber mats. READ: Heavy quality. This is or was in the transport to and from a studio still heavy. Manduka has lighter mats in the assortment. For example the Manduka prolite: 68.50 EUR.

-Lulu Lemon; has very fine ‘ sticky ‘ mats. This brand has a so-called ‘ reversible mat ‘ of 5 mm (quite thick, so very fine for hips, knees) in the assortment. This mat can be used on both sides, during a different yoga routine. Disadvantage Oil, grease and-sweat stains remain visible spots. And if you accidentally scratch your mat with your nail, this is a lasting streak. The reversible mat you buy for 60.00 EUR.

-Love generation; Has fine yoga mats for not much money. They say that these mats can be washed in the washing machine, at even 60 degrees! Anti-slip and sticky is in the properties. My own experience says that you must be a real anti-skid at other yoga brands. Prima Beginnersmat, for only 22.50!


For cleaning all kinds of yoga mats is actually the same. Do not clean with harsh cleaning products. Preferably clean with a ‘ green ‘ soapy water or just lukewarm water. It is also advised to clean up with a tea tree oil. I personally do not recommend using this with the Lulu Lemon mats, since oil slicks remain visible on this.


Who is the person behind Yoga with Adriene?

Who is the person behind Yoga with Adriene?


Name: Adriene Mishler

Residence: Texas– US

Yoga style: Vinyasa

Online: Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, Find what feels good yoga

‘It is my intention that being true to myself on the mat I am encouraging others to do the same’.

Some facts

We know that Adriene is a friendly online yoga teacher with a successful yoga YouTube channel with more than 3.7 million followers and over 60 million views online. She is from Texas. Has a dog named Benji, which also sometimes appears in her videos. She is half Mexican, half American. But she doesn’t speak Spanish (or Mexican). She jokes about knowing more Sanskrit (ancient India language) than Spanish. And she is also an actress. Absolutely one of the reasons why she moves so naturally in front of the camera.

Your personal friend

Adriene is very comfortable and she makes you feel like that as well. And she is very down to earth, personal and relaxed. With every now and then a funny (or goofy’) remark or ‘mistake’ that wasn’t edited. Like that one time she was sitting on the mat and noticed a toothpaste stain on her sleeve. The way she waved it aside in a really funny and nonchalant way. As if she is your personal friend, and the two of you are having a conversation. And that is probably where her strength lies. The accessibility with which she speaks to you into your life/living room/bedroom. And besides that, she is teaching you a yoga class. A friend who experiences the same things as you. Thereby she doesn’t act as if she’s superior to you. Sometimes she even makes a slip of the tongue. And like You, she also has a ‘bad hair day’.

Challenging yoga? No way.

For sure she does not always feel like doing the most challenging yoga postures. Therefore Adrienes yoga classes are accessible for everyone. From ultimate beginner to advanced. For that reason her personal mantra (like the name of the current Adriene Roadshow) is: Find what feels good. And that is exactly what it is. It has a different meaning for everyone. Adriene invites you to look for it. Be present on the mat and see what happens. Yoga is not about complicated postures or flexibility. It is about being aware and the connection and interaction between body and mind. Take some time for yourself in these hectic times. And don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes yoga is about being quiet and focussing on your breath. And another time it is about going through flowing and dynamic yoga postures, which require your full attention. The point is that you start feeling what you need at that exact moment. It also means being your authentic self.

Yoga with Adriene on YouTube is certainly worthwhile trying. We love her yoga classes and style! ♥