Our world which is restlessly seeking to break free from the old rotten beliefs and trying to catch hold of “so-called” modern lifestyle. It becomes such an important factor to gauge into this new transition, where one can relax and enjoy the luxury of being in the Body. One Such helpful tool in the world full of toxins is choosing a right dietary option – Yogic Diet.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the father of modern Yoga impressed upon the importance of altering the diet to suit the harmonious balance of the mind, body and spirit in his work ‘Importance of Food and Yoga in Maintaining Health’. Yogic diet though not methodically set down, traces its beginnings in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Yajnavalkya. Yoga has begun to influence the way people now perceive physical fitness. But it is still a far from training individuals to not only adopt Yoga on the mat but also at the dining table.
The words- ‘Yogic Diet,’ paint the picture of an unattainable sagacious lifestyle. Undoubtedly it is thought of as- sacrificial choices that are completely out of the league of the bourgeois. Therefore it is necessary to emphasize during Yoga Teacher Training on the significance of such a diet. This way we do not lose out on the most vital entity common to all. Contrary to the beliefs and practice of the masses, the Yogic Diet or the ‘Sattvic’ diet is inherently simple to its core. The belief that strengthens the need to include dietary choices in the yogic practices is pure gold! That is- Though all may not be experts at performing the various Asanas that Yoga integrates, all individuals do eat!
The standards to which this diet adheres to is very fundamental. It confounds the modern day arguments which dictate the right way to eat. The diet includes the right ‘Gunas,’ which are the ‘Sattva,’ responsible for making it easier for the mind and body to engage in Yoga consisting of whole grains, fresh nuts and seeds, seasonal fruits and vegetables, oils, and herbs. This differs from ‘Tamas’, which makes the body and mind dull, or the ‘Rajas’ which neither benefit nor harm the body. The inevitable consequence food intake has on our constitution as a whole profoundly affects the importance of the right choice we make for a healthier way of life.
The yogic way of living embraces the practice of ‘Ahimsa’ or non-violence, a pledge to do others no harm. For this reason, a ‘Yogi’ or a real teacher of the yogic way of life will incorporate the same principles not only when it pertains to- what one does with their body but also what one does to their body. Therefore in Yoga Teacher Training, when training oneself to be a faithful follower and teacher of Yoga, it becomes crucial to allow in your dietary preferences only that which does not conflict with your conscience. A vegan, vegetarian, eggeterian or non-vegetarian choice of food, whichever preferred should be a conscientious resolution founded on the factors such as- intuition of the Yogi, the availability of the particular food and the attitude towards the said food, that is, the gratitude one feels on receiving the bounty that nourishes not only your body, but also you mind and soul.
This impresses upon each of our minds, a question- Am I really following the right lifestyle?