Yogi in the Kitchen: Recipes for a Yoga Diet

Whether you practice yoga or not, following a yoga diet helps you cultivate a magnificent body, mind and spirit.

| November/December 2005

  • This healthy meal is based on yogic principles of purity, nonviolence and balanced living.
    Photo By Joe Coca

Yoga philosophy teaches that the body’s life-force energy—its prana—comes from air, water, and food. Eating pure, yogic foods increases our prana and nourishes body, mind, and spirit. The Bhagavad Gita, one of the most influential Hindu texts, includes a holistic philosophy of nutrition based on the nature of food’s vibrational energy, which falls into three gunas, or categories of nature.

Yoga Recipes

Immunity Soup
Stuffed Turban Squash
Yogi Tea
Baked Stuffed Apples

Sattvic foods are pure and life-giving, and they promote health, vitality, strength, serenity, and relaxation. These include fresh fruit and juices, vegetables and herbs, whole grains, nuts, and seeds and should be organically grown, unprocessed, and additive and preservative free.

Rajasic foods are overstimulating and promote excess energy, agitation, discontentment, and disease. These include meat, fish, spices, and eggs and are spicy, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, overly hot, and dry.

Tamasic foods are stale, old, spoiled, impure, rotten, overly processed, additive and preservative filled, and addictive. These include old, shriveled fruits and vegetables, and processed, packaged, preserved, and deep-fried foods. They dull your mind and promote overeating, addiction, inactivity, laziness, and lethargy.

The yogic diet is based on the yoga principles of purity (sattva), nonviolence (ahimsa), and balanced living. It consists of foods with sattvic qualities, which promote the body’s life force. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables are believed to possess the highest vibration and life force of all foods. Rajasic and tamasic foods are limited or eliminated whenever possible, as their low vibration or life force and inherent toxins reduce the vitality of the person eating them.

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