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2 May 2019 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy

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A diet which is totally conducive to practice of yoga and spiritual progress is called Yogic Diet. It purifies the body, calms the mind and explores the spirit.  It is also call satvik food or natural food. The food which purifies the body and calms the mind is satvik or yogic food. The process of diseases management through the use of yogic food on the basis of disease nature and need is called Aahara or Diet therapy. “Food is first medicine” so whatever we eat we get the effects. Diet has an intimate connection with mind. Mind is formed out of the subtle portion of food. We should pay great attention to the food to attempt good health and life. We should eat to live but not living to eat. Learn about YOGIC FOOD THERAPY.

These constituents can be divided into three groups:

  1. Energy Yielding Food like carbohydrates and Fats.
    i. Produce energy for voluntary and involuntary functions of the body
    ii. Help in digestion, absorption and metabolism process of enzymes, hormones with fats.
    iii. Help in manufacturing of vitamins.
    iv. Keep the temperature balance in the body.
  2. Body Building Food; like Proteins and minerals (some):
    i. Build up the new cells.
     ii. Repairs and maintains the tissues.
     iii. Increase immunity power.
  3. Protecting Food; Vitamins, water and minerals.
     i. Increase the protecting power or immunity power.
     ii. Build up the muscles, teeth, bones, blood etc.
    iii. Maintain the chemical levels in the body.
     iv. Prevent the deficiency diseases.

 Types of food according to Yogic Approach:

Satvik Food:

The food which gives purity, calmness and awareness is called satvik or yogic food. This food should be light, pure, fresh, nutritious, energetic, protective and alive which increase the vitality, energy, stamina, strength, health and happiness and cure from all types of ailments. Almost organic, natural, fresh or alkaline food from earth directly for purity of body and calmness and harmony of mind is known as Satvik food. Eg; fruits, green vegetables, fresh milk, fresh butter, chapatti, curd, rice, wheat, corn, salad, sprouted nuts and seeds, herbals spices, herbals tea.

Rajasik Food:

The food which stimulates, activates, speeds up the body units and process is known as Rajasik Food.It also gives energy but no purity and calmness. It makes more unstable, movable, restlessness and unpeace. Eg. All types of fast food, dried food, and fried food, roast food, spicy, salty, oily and heavy. It is only testable but no prana; so many items but nutritious. It is not yogic but is not totally harmful as well.

Tamasik Food:

The food which has no life, no natural quality, tastes, colours, artificial food are known as Tamasik food. Eg. Stale food, decomposed food, smokes, drugs, alcohol, all the meat products, repeated cooking, unmatchable food, unseasonal food, untimed food etc. are the Tamasik food.

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YOGIC FOOD THERAPY is for Normal Healthy Person:

                                                                                                                                  Time   Food Items

5 to 6 am                                       Drinking water (Ushaapaan) 200 ml 600 ml                 

07 to 08 am                                   Herbal Tea; vegetable; unsalted sprouts; milk; fruits; daliya or soaked resins; curd;                                                                    

11 to 12 am                                   Salad, Vegetables 60%; whole pulse 35%; fats 5%; Chapati 25%; salad/ fruits 25%; Curd and chapatti or rice.

3 to 4 pm                                       fresh fruit; salad, fruits juice, herbal tea;

7 to 8 pm                                       Vegetables and salad; Chapati (Light Dinner)

Food Rules for All in General:

  1. Wash hands and feet before eating and do gargle with water.
  2. Place where one eats should be neat and clean with calm atmosphere.
  3. Eat only when you feel hungry.
  4. Food should be tasty, fresh and good to look.
  5. Take a meal in a pleasant mood.
  6. Eat at fixed time and keep a gap between two meals.
  7. Never take meal when you are angry, worried, restless and in fear.
  8. Avoid excessive eating, maintain rules of meetahar that means ½ of stomach filled with solid foods and rest ½ is for water and air.
  9. Don’t eat dust exposed and contaminated food.
  10. Don’t take the next meal until the meal taken before has been digested.
  11. Avoid taking food if you feel acidity, nausea, vomiting and burning sense.
  12. Take fresh meals, over cooking is harmful.
  13. Don’t work hard after food. But you can walk 100 to 200 steps in plane zone as need.
  14. Eat when breath flows through right (surya swara) nostril and drink water when breath flows through left (moon swara) nostril.
  15. After walking 100 to 200 steps sit on vajrasan 5 to 15 minutes and after taking food, lie down on left lateral side for easy and good digestion.
  16. Go to bed after 2 hours of taking the food at least.
  17. Pass urine just after the meals.
  18. Pray before eating meals.
  19. Don’t take fried food and not store the cooked food more than 6 hours.
  20. Don’t drink water ½ an hour before meal and 1 hour after meal.
  21. Sit on the ground keeping the spine erect while eating food.
  22. Avoid cold beverages, late night snacks and junk food.
  23. Chew the food properly and swallow slowly.
  24. Eat seasonal and fresh foods.
  25. Don’t talk, watch television and be silence while eating.
  26. Always take satvic vegetarian food and able to attain the qualities of pity, sympathy, compassion, love, kindness, respect, purity, peace, etc.
  27. Don’t eat too much cold and too hot things and also don’t eat cold after hot and no very hot after cold things.
  28. Drink a cup of warm water or herbal tea without sugar after taking meal.
  29. Eat first sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent taste respectively.
  30. Put your wet palms on your eyes for a few moments.

Diet Therapy is for Common Diseases:

Time                                                                                                                        Food Items

5 to 6 am                                       Drinking water (Ushaapaan) 200 ml 600 ml

07 to 08 am -Herbal Tea; vegetable; sprouts; fruits; gram soup or fruits juice; butter milk; curd;

11 to 12 am -Vegetables 50 to75%; Daliya 25% or Chapati 25%; salad/ fruits 25%; Curd 50 – 150

3 to 4 pm                                       fresh fruit; salad, fruits juice, herbal tea;

7 to 8 pm                                       Vegetables and salad 75%; Chapati 25%

YOGIC FOOD THERAPY is for Chronic Diseases                                                                                                                    Time   Food Items

5 to 6 am                                       Drinking water (Ushaapaan) 200 ml 600 ml                 

07 to 08 am                                   Herbal Tea; lemon-honey Luke warm water; vegetable; sprouts; fruits; gram soup or fruits juice; butter milk; curd;                                                                             

11 to 12 am                                   Boiled Vegetables 50 to75%; Daliya 25%; salad/ fruits 25%;

3 to 4 pm                                       fresh fruit; salad, fruits juice, herbal tea;

7 to 8 pm                                      Daliya 25%; Vegetable 75%; or Vegetable 50%; chapatti 25%; salad 25%, no pulse and fat

“We are what we eat”

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