Chyawanprash and Yoga
Chyawanprash is one of the premier supplements for yoga, meditation and pranayama. The following points illustrate how this superfood supplement uniquely elevates and enhances yoga practice.
Awakens & Balances the Body
When you consume Chyawanprash, and fully take in the six tastes as they appear on the tongue and develop in the body, you’ll leverage the power of ‘rasa’. In Ayurveda, rasa has many meanings, but is often translated as taste (of which there are six: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent). Each rasa serves a purpose and corresponds to a certain area of the tongue, which corresponds to a specific organ. PIOR Living Chyawanprash contains all 6 rasas in one medicine, meaning it is able to stimulate all organs equally to wake up the body and digestion, and boost overall physiological health.
In addition, each rasa also corresponds to the five elements and three doshas. When you are experiencing an imbalance (e.g. Vata, Pitta or Kapha), Chyawanprash can serve as a therapeutic means to restore order to your constitution. This prepares you to approach your practice with balance and health.
Strengthens the Body, Mind & Spirit Connection
In addition to translating to ‘taste,’ rasa also means ‘essence’. Taste and essence are connected as taste is a way of experiencing the essence of our being in that moment. Through taste, we can connect with our senses to become present.
It’s important to note that ‘prash’ in Sanskrit refers to the concept of consuming food artfully or intentionally. Chyawanprash is meant to be consumed mindfully. When you fully appreciate the flavors of Chyawanprash and eat in a way that delights and inspires you, you are engaging in a meditative experience that moves your awareness out of the mind and into the body. This helps you become more grounded and mentally prepared for practice.
Chyawanprash also delievers a dose of more than 30 organic and wild-crafted spices and herbs along with honey, ghee, jaggery and black sesame oil. Each of these ingredients have unique Yogic dimensions which improves health and the Yogi experience:
- Amalaki (amla berry) increases longevity & health quality
- Long Pepper & Malabar Tree aid in Pranik breathing
- Ashwagandha builds physical and mental endurance
- Shatavari supports Yoga Nidra and general happiness
- Bacopa enhances cognition and mental sharpness
- Arjuna and Lotus Seed increase heart health
- Tinospora aids in tissue flexibility
- Chebulic Myrobalan improves gut health
- Golden Apple, Holy Basil, Ginger, Zeodary and Neem encourage detoxification
- Cinnamon, Saffron, Cardamom and Mesua nourish sense organs for enjoyment
- Tribulus and Boerhavia improve water management
- Raisin, Licorice, Phyllanthus, Nut Grass, Leptadenia and Ashwagandha aid stress management
- Jaggery, Raw Honey, Indian Ghee (or Ghruta) and Sesame Oil offers satiety and deliverability of nutrients
Fosters Prana Replenishment & Flow
Collectively, these ingredients work together to kindle agni and ojas to support and detoxify the entire physiology, opening energy channels for prana to flow freely.
In addition, PIOR Living Chyawanprash is naturally high in life force. Informed by the ancient Vedic system, each ingredient is sustainably sourced, harvested with the seasons, minimally processed and used with intention. This results in live food filled with high vibrations that facilitate prana replenishment.
Slowly consume 1-2 teaspoons of Chyawanprash before practice. To make use of the maximum prana available each day, consume between 4 a.m. and sunrise.
Prior to morning yoga, meditation or pranayama class, allow each student to consume one teaspoon of Chyawanprash.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)