Types Of Yoga Diet

There are three types of yoga diet viz. Rajasik, Tamasik and Sattavik as per yoga diet philosophy.  It is considered that food is building block of the body, as we eat so we become in mind and body. The type of food we eat gradually manifests in our mental make up or state of mind.  Eating of Sattavik food leads to purity/Godliness, Rajasik food towards action and Tamasik food leads to a dull, lethargic  life with lot of inertia.

Rajasik Food

Rajasik food comprises of a variety of dishes on the pattern of food served to Indian kings. This type of food includes various types of foods like fried, roasted, curried, highly seasoned along with various types of desserts, wine and drinks. Food of this type are not recommended for yoga practitioners as these foods acts as body stimulants and excite passions, making the mind restless and uncontrollable. These foods result in obesity and generate a typical feeling of heaviness in the stomach for a long time after eating a meal.

Tamasik Food

Tamasik food includes dishes prepared with too many spices, excessive use of salt, pepper, chilies, artificial colours and additives. These types of foods have very less nutrition value for either mind or body. They make body dull, lazy and drowsy. These foods stimulate emotions of anger and greed. Tamasik foods include alcohol, tobacco, onions, garlic and fermented foods such as vinegar. This type of food is undesirable and not recommended for yoga practitioners.

Sattvik Food

This type of food is cooked with least amount of spices and without much seasoning. The food is fresh, attractive, nutritive and is cooked in a simple way. This type of food is desirable and highly recommended for yoga practitioners.

How You Cook Your Food?

According to yoga principles, no food whether vegetarian or non vegetarian is by itself Rajasik, Tamasik or Sattavik. The classification of a food depends on type of preparation also. It is not necessary that all non-vegetarian food is Tamasik and vegetarian food is Sattavik. Though all foods are classified into three types of yoga diet, but any food item can be cooked as Sattavik, Tamasik or Rajasik depending upon the choice of ingredients and method of preparation.

Importance Of Method Of Eating Food

Food eaten in a hurry or in foul mood will not be as nourishing compared to food eaten slowly with a peaceful mind.

Yoga and diet are two pillars of a successful yoga practice.

› Types of Yoga Diet

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Resolution of Migraine With Yoga And EFT

    Aug 05, 17 09:50 AM

    I have been chronic patient of migraine for the last 5 years I was looking to yoga for a solution to my migraine problem. I happened to log in to the website

    Read More

  2. Weight Loss and Back Pain

    Jul 24, 17 02:26 PM

    I am home maker. My weight is 76 kg, height is 5'3 and age is 40 years. I want to lose weight but I have back pain when ever I walk or stand for some

    Read More

  3. International Yoga Day

    Jun 20, 17 02:48 PM

    Let us resolve for improving our daily yoga practice on International Yoga Day (21 Jun). It is time for introspection and charting a new course to achieve your yoga goals. Stay Blessed.. I am attachin…

    Read More

Get Site Updates In Your E-Mail

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner