The principles of yoga nutrition for health, longevity and slim figure

This article will be useful both for those who begin to practice yoga and meditation, and for those who want to stop overeating, lose weight and shine with health. It makes no sense to reinvent the wheel if everything has been invented before us. We will consider several principles of yogic nutrition, which for thousands of years have helped people to remain healthy and energetic.

The recommendations presented here have helped millions get rid of all kinds of diseases, including chronic ones. In any case, each after a short period of time will receive a tangible health effect by 100%.

Since a healthy person a priori cannot have extra pounds, the principles of nutrition given in this article will help you easily lose weight and stay slim.

1. Lack of snacks

In this article, we figured out how many meals should be in order to keep the mind and body in good shape.

Breaks between food are required to include the natural process of removing toxins from the body and cleansing. If you are used to constantly chewing something, then all the energy of the body goes to the constant digestion of food. But this process and the process of purification cannot happen at the same time.

Yogis mainly eat 1 or 2 times a day. The maximum number of meals is 4 times. In this case, one or two methods is a handful of nuts, an apple or milk, for example.

There is no feeling of hunger - this is the only reason why many diseases arise and extra pounds appear.

The following paragraph follows from this axiom.

2. Lack of overeating

Serving size also plays a small role. Yogis always end their meal by being a little hungry. The fact is that while eating, the signal of saturation does not reach the brain immediately, but only after 10-20 minutes. Therefore, when you are full, but you feel that you could eat something else small, you should know that you have just consumed a serving that is ideal for your body.

Try to pay attention to it today at dinner. Eat just enough to stay a little hungry, and you will notice that after a few minutes, a feeling of slight hunger will turn into a qualitative satiety.

The ideal serving size for each person is individual. It depends on his complexion, age, habits, the number of meals per day and so on. Listen to your body, analyze your sensations and how the body reacts.

Overeating disrupts the endocrine system, the work of the heart, liver, intestines. It is overeating and constant snacking that are the main cause of cancer.

3. Maintaining water balance

Water is the source of life, as you know. When eating yoga, do not drink it with anything. But during the day they drink a couple of sips every 10-20 minutes.

Many people who are not used to drinking water will have a hard time learning this habit. But, reducing the number of meals to a minimum - you can easily drink 1.5 -2 liters per day.

People often confuse hunger with thirst. These signals by the body to the brain are really very similar, and in the end we throw some chocolates into the furnace when it was enough to just drink a glass of water.

4. The use of only permitted yoga products

In general, all products in yoga are divided into three modes: sattva (goodness), rajas (passion) and tamas (ignorance). In more detail I will write about them in this article.

Sattvic and rajasic foods are included in the diet of yogis in various proportions, where the former predominates. And tamasic foods are categorically prohibited. There are several reasons for this:

  • Tamasic products are much more slowly digested by our body, as a result, part is not absorbed and manages to rot on the way to the destination at the bottom of the intestine.
  • Tamasic foods interfere with good yoga and meditation practices. Experienced yogis notice a huge difference even with the smallest, smallest amount of tamasic food. For example, adding garlic to seasoning.
  • Guna tamas is the lowest of the gunas. This is the mode of ignorance, darkness, death, destruction, laziness and madness.
  • Tamasic food depresses, destroys and causes disease.
  • It makes the mind stupid and brings lethargy, confusion and disorientation. May cause aggression.

What foods are tamasic? Here are some of them: pork, beef, refined sugar, wheat white flour, mushrooms, garlic, onions, alcohol.

5. Fasting from 24 hours

It is known that therapeutic fasting cures, if not all, then the vast majority of diseases. On the Internet you can find a lot of stories of people who have experienced this on themselves.

Here is one of them.

Negative unit reviews. Even in 5-7 days, the body can almost completely renew at the cellular level.

This is a radical approach to nutrition, not everyone needs it and there are a number of contraindications that only an experienced doctor can identify. But, if for years you have been struggling with some kind of disease or even a bunch of diseases, or have an excessively large amount of adipose tissue, think about this type of treatment.

For healthy people, it is recommended to fast for 24 hours from 1 to 4 times a month. If, for some reason, purification on the same water is contraindicated for you, then do not despair, any detox programs also have tremendous benefits for the body.

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6. Thorough chewing of food

The founder of the yoga center in the Philippines, Dada Dharmavedananda, in one of the lectures for the Internet project  Hyls   said a terrific, fundamental phrase for all yoga nutrition.

“Solid food needs to be drunk, but liquid food.”

Thorough chewing of food not only favorably affects the work of the digestive tract, but also allows you to get enough of a much smaller portion. In addition, it allows you to reveal the rich taste of any, even the simplest dishes - whether it is rice in milk or raw fruit. Yoga does not drink liquid food, but eat it. Even juice is consumed with a spoon !!!

Western man, in a world of complete fuss, justifies his “ingestion” of food by the lack of time. But let's be honest: in order to properly experience your food you need 5-10 minutes more time. Not even 5-10 minutes? Then maybe you should think about reducing meals to once a day? Think about it.

7. Eating in a good mood

It is believed that food eaten in a bad mood becomes tamasic, regardless of what you ate. A very good custom of many religions is gratitude for food before the meal. But this works in the case of deliberate gratitude, rather than mechanically abandoned phrases. This sets up in a positive way, and helps the body to get food with maximum benefit for themselves.

It is worth remembering this principle of nutrition of yogis and not start unpleasant conversations, and even more so quarrels during meals.

8. Meditation, yoga and sleep are always on an empty or almost empty stomach

Sleep on an empty stomach more favorably affects the reboot of the whole body, helps to get enough sleep in less time. The quality of sleep is greatly improved. In addition, sleep complicates the digestion process, and, as a result, there is a high probability of deposition of fat reserves.

As for meditation and yoga practices. Better quality they occur exclusively on an empty or almost empty stomach. After all, when your body is busy digesting, you will not be able to tune it to the maximum concentration.

In the case of yoga, it can even cause unpleasant consequences, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, etc. It is also not recommended to drink and eat 10-15 minutes after practice, you should give the received energy to fully absorb in your body and consciousness.

9. Power Mode

Yogis eat strictly according to the schedule: morning and evening. How do they manage to eat only twice a day, without any snacking and, in addition, not eating up to the end? With this approach to nutrition, a constant feeling of hunger is inevitable. The solution is diet.

Eating every day at the same time, your body will very soon get used to it, and you will begin to experience hunger exactly before the meal time.

My friend has a dog, and he feeds her every day at the same time. The dog’s body is so used to it that when the time comes for feeding, the dog stands in front of the owner and starts asking to be fed. Just think: the dog does not have a clock showing the time, but there is a biological clock. And they are accurate, like no others.

Man, of course, is a more conscious being than a dog. But in view of his intellect, he forgot how to use his instincts, to understand and manage them.

Think about it.


Perhaps many of the principles listed here have long been known or heard. Someone may be upset that something fundamentally new was not said. But why reinvent the wheel? If you have heard about it all, or already knew, then this further confirms that it is so.

I do not urge anyone to radically change my life and become a yogi, but adding even 1-2 of these nine points will greatly benefit your body and your soul. And, perhaps, someone had adhered to most of these principles before, and the last component of the puzzle was missing for even better results.

In any case, we all have a lot to learn.

In conclusion, I would like to share one of the most important principles of yoga: it is better to do the smallest thing than nothing at all. A little is already something, it is already progress!

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