Dietary Guidelines for Yoga
don't have to follow any certain type of diet to practice
yoga, however the traditional yogi diet is lacto-vegetarian.
Foods that are encouraged are fruits, vegetables, rice, grains,
milk and ghee (clarified butter). Yogis
classify food as either tamasic, sattvic, or rajasic.
Sattvic foods are pure and health promoting, rajasic foods
are stimulating, and tamasic foods are impure.
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foods are pure, tasteful, health promoting and energizing.
Most serious yoga practitioners make sattvic foods the mainstay
of their diet. Food should be organically grown, if possible,
and free of preservatives and additives. Sattvic foods include:
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried peas,
lentils and beans
grown fresh fruits and vegetables
- Milk, butter
and clarified butter (ghee).
- These are spoiled, tasteless or impure foods. Foods that
are factory farmed or highly processed would be considered
tamasic. Examples of tamasic foods include:
- Beer, wine and
other alcoholic beverages
- Junk food
- Fast food
- Canned and packaged
- Picked foods
- Salted foods
- These are spicy, sour, pungent and stimulating foods. They
- Cayenne peppers
- Curry powder
- Beverages containing
caffeine such as tea, coffee, and colas.
Rajasic foods make
people physically more active, but over the long term too
many rajasic foods may lead to overstimulation and restlessness.