Eat Sattvic FoodIn Ayurveda, there are three qualities or gunas that are contained in everything. These three qualities are sattva, tamas, and rajas. In food, the three gunas lead to different physical and mental responses.
- Tamasic food is heavy and slow, embodying the elements of earth. Tamasic food can make people slow, sluggish, lethargic, and ignorant. Examples of tamasic foods are meats, alcoholic drinks, and deep fried foods.
- Rajasic food is fiery and stimulates the mind and body. Rajasic food tends to make the mind race, can aggravate digestive issues, and can lead to hyper-stimulation. Rajasic foods include pungent spices, coffee, and tomatoes.
- Sattvic foods are nourishing, gentle, and sweet. They help to promote a peaceful mind and promote good health and spiritual well-being. Sattvic foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and ghee. Note: Ghee is about as sattvic as it gets. This golden, creamy clarified butter looks and tastes like ojas itself, and is said to nourish all the tissues and organs in the body. Adding ghee to any meal can turn it into a nutritional and spiritual powerhouse.
Eat to Increase PranaPrana is the life force that is present in all living things. Yoga helps us work on increasing prana. However, prana can also be built through the food we eat. Prana rich foods are very similar to Sattvic foods. Foods high in prana are vegetables, fruit, herbs, and spices.
Eat To Balance Your ConstitutionLearning about your unique constitution is an important step in understanding what foods to eat to better your yoga practice. That's because your constitution dictates your overall health and your diet plays a substantial role in balancing your constitution. That's why you should learn what your unique constitution is and eat accordingly:
- Vatas (air and ether) should eat warm, moist, oily, and heavy foods that are sweet, sour and salty
- Pittas (fire and water) should eat cool, dry and heavy foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent
- Kaphas (earth and water) should eat warm, light and fiery foods that are bitter, pungent and astringent