Yoga and Food-a new journey
I've only recently discovered Yoga. I know its been around for donkeys years, obviously. But, I've started practising and I'm still very much a beginner. I've not been to classes but I've got proper yogis in my friendship group that are around to guide me and have used tutorials to gather a routine of poses that I now do twice a day in my little room in my flat in Brixton. The beauty of yoga is that my little blue mat is all the space I need to practice.
I feared yoga because I lacked flexibility. I soon learnt that its about so much more than that, and since then I have set my goals and intend to progress to the next level soon and move on from the basic poses I've become familiar with. I'm still pretty clueless about the practice so I won't even attempt to discuss the ins and outs any further. But what has interested me greatly is the relationship between yoga and diet.
I recently discovered that a yogic diet is an actual thing. So over the next few weeks I intend to educate and explore recipes involved with this diet. So far I have learnt that a yogic diet avoids any foods that overstimulate, like bitter and spicy foods, or, conversely, trigger lethargy like meat, alcohol and tobacco for obvious reasons. Instead, a yogic diet promotes a pure diet that nourishes the mind, body and soul. Fresh foods such as wholemeal bread, nuts, seeds, pulses, some dairy and veg, create a balance that contribute to the body functioning at its full potential.
Whilst some dairy is permitted, a yogic diet is vegetarian and meat is considered a poor quality protein due to its toxic content that can contribute to significant ailments. Additionally, meat takes longer to digest than most foods and ideally we want to be digesting food within 24 hours. Where meat is considered low quality protein, nuts, seeds, greens etc. are considered high-quality proteins that do not pollute the body.
Timing is also key with a yogic diet. Having set meal times helps the body to self-regulate digestion which contributes to the conservation and release of energy. Eating at least two hours before exercise or inertia also contribute to efficient body function and clarity of the mind.
An observation that Yoga practices that is close to my heart is that of non-violence that is applied to what we eat and the world around us. This practice is about making environmentally friendly choices that do not harm other people, animals and people around us. See my post "The conscious chef" to learn about the things we can do to contribute to this practice.
So for now, this is as far as I've got in my education but I will be exploring this further and will have some good recipes for you soon. Remember to yoga err' day people and be good, be kind and have fun.
This is a little diet guide I stole off google if you are at a loss with how to fill your plate with goodness;