The ancient art of Yoga has introduced this world with a lost-in-time idea of complete happiness. Yoga, today is a tool for a number of health goals. Unlike majority’s thinking, the practice of Yoga needs as much attention and cares as any other things in your life. Yoga practice, as most of the Yoga teachers across the world believe is not just an exercise; rather it is a way of life. Yoga itself is a routine. It requires a proper diet plan for a Yogi to practice Yoga with utmost sincerity and solemnity.
What is a Yogic diet?
A Yogic diet is the one that not only nourishes the body but also helps the body sustain a long Yoga practice. It should be based on the natural science of Ayurveda. A Yogic diet is sourced naturally from green plants. It is well-balanced and perfect for the overall nourishment of a yogi’s body and intellect. Have a look at the below list of diet choices ideal for maximizing the Yoga practice.
- Green Vegetables: Green and fresh vegetables are best for anybody who practices Yoga. These contain a number of healthy nutrients such as Vitamins, minerals, and fiber etc. Iron, which is good for increasing hemoglobin level and Calcium, good for bones’ strength can be sourced from vegetables. Spinach and Pumpkin seeds are a great source of Magnesium.
- Milk: Consumption of milk can prove extremely beneficial for a Yogi. According to the reports of National Dairy Council, milk contains 9 different nutrients including Potassium, Calcium, Protein, Niacin, Phosphorous, Riboflavin, Vitamin- A, D, and B12. Milk makes your bones stronger due to the abundance of Calcium in it. It energizes your body.
- Fresh Fruits: Daily consumption of food guarantees you with a well-built body for a healthy Yoga practice. Fruits are the instant energy suppliers. Vitamins and minerals can be naturally sourced from Fruits. Vitamin C, found in Guava, Orange, and Kiwi helps in body growth and repairs body tissues.
- Grains and Seeds: Grains such as Wheat, Rice, Cornmeal, etc., are a great source of many minerals, fibers, and Vitamins. These are body building materials. These help reduce cholesterol level in blood and reduce the risk of heart diseases. Grain consumption is highly beneficial for pregnant ladies practicing Prenatal Yoga.
Let’s work on what should be the diet plan of a Yogi, meal-wise:
You should break your fast in a smart way as this is going to energize you for the whole day. Starting your day with a perfect balance of diet can be an excellent idea. For preparing the breakfast menu, it is important to know the amount of work you are going to do that particular day. If you are a working professional, you need to have a little heavy breakfast. Starting your day with a green smoothie can be a great idea.
Lunch is an extremely important meal for a Yoga practitioner. Well cooked vegetables with grains are recommended. Lunch can be heavier than the breakfast but not more than one’s capacity for digestion.
Dinner should be light as during night time (after sunset) the rate of digestion is slow. Consumption of more water should be the priority. Green salad on your dinner table is a good idea.
General tips for Yoga practitioners regarding their food diet:
- Go for food that is light and can be easily digested. Calorie-high food and bile-attacking food are advised to be avoided by a Yoga student.
- It is very common among this generation that they eat more what they like. This should be discarded by a Yogi. Eat for your survival, not for your emotion!
- Naturally sourced raw food is best for maintaining your body temperature. Green vegetables and fruits should be taken by a Yogi daily.
- There should be a proper interval between two meals. Continuous eating can increase fat level in your body.
- A Yogi’s body should be hydrated everytime. Water helps your body in lots of ways. Especially in the process of digestion, water plays a significant role. An average person’s body should contain 60% of water and one should try to maintain this ratio.
- Many people skip their breakfasts in pursuit of losing their weight. But Yoga tells this is not the best of ideas. Breakfast is highly recommended for a Yoga practitioner.
- Avoid chilled or iced water. Warm and hot water is good for better digestion.
- Prefer warm milk with a spoon of sugar.
- Herbal teas and juices are highly recommended.