7 food tips to make your yogic body lighter

From your day to day practice, do you observe some drowsiness during your meditation? Or the sense of heaviness during your practice? Somehow the body is not as flexible as you would like it to be. Somehow the body is not as awake as you would like it to be.

The path of Hatha Yoga is a path of action. So, we rely a lot on our physical body to carry out these actions. Our body is our vehicle in the pursuit of wellness. To have the right body, we CANNOT ignore the most important element – FOOD. Why? Because our body is an accumulation of the food we eat.

To make your life easier, to have a light yogic body, here are 7 food tips you can experiment to reduce the drowsiness in your meditation and to increase your flexibility and lightness in your practice.

1, Try out two meals a day

For an adult of over 30 years old, two meals a day is more than sufficient to maintain a healthy body. Make sure you have a healthy and sufficient breakfast and it is enough to see you through to lunch time. If you are hungry during noon time, you can always have some fruit or some mixed nuts. Have an early dinner which is easy to digest within 2.5 hours. Then you are going to bed with an empty stomach for a good night sleep.

If you maintain this schedule, you will have sufficient time when your stomach is empty. Researchers found that an empty stomach produces ghrelin, which stimulates the performance of our learning and memory, keeping us alert and focused.

2, Go for a plant based diet

Veggie or non-veggie has been a constant debate in the dietary world. I always experiment out and see what is really true for me. After experienced the non-veggie and veggie based diet I found out that a pure raw, plant based diet gives me the most energy. This form of diet makes my body super light and extremely flexible for my practices.

3, Eat more raw

Cooked or raw diet? Once again, experiment yourself and see. Based on my own experience, the more raw and plant based diet I have, the lighter I feel in my body. It is best if you can maintain at least 50% (in weight) of your diet in raw plant based. Raw food has the highest level of life energy. This life energy will be destroyed through the cooking process if they are cooked over a long period of time and under high temperature.

After a period of time of consuming raw food, you will really notice the difference in your practice. Soaked mung beans sprouts and peanuts are highly recommended. They are high of nutrients, full of energy and easy to prepare. You can buy raw mung beans and peanuts in almost all supermarkets. If not, you can try out the New Oriental super market in Eindhoven.

4, No diary product

Trying to avoid diary products in my daily diet is really a great challenge. Dutch people use cow milk almost in every product. Do you know more than 60% of population in the world is lactose intolerant to various degrees? In general, diary products tend to stay in the body for much longer and it is difficult for it to clear off the system. Not to mention nowadays so much hormones are injected to the cows in order to stimulate milk production.

If you do not want to have a body that resembles the animal itself then it is best to avoid it completely in your diet. After all, the purpose or cow milk is to bring a baby cow up to the adult size of its own kind. This is certainly not conducive for your yoga practice. (Knife over fork – a highly recommend documentary for you to watch to learn more about the diary impact.)

5, Eat simple

Instead of eating a complex meal with many mixed ingredients, try to eat a simple meal with much less mixture. Through the whole digestive process, whatever we eat has a stimulating impact in our body and it constantly switches our DNA on and off. A complexed meal brings a lot confusion into the system.  By eating simple, it reduces the digestive burden and brings a sense of ease to the system.

I always remind myself of my “no more than 5” principle. Do you know that some Tibetan monks practice a tradition of having a simple meal of only one ingredient at a time? Sometime they have a meal with only rice.

6, Say ‘No’ to onion and garlic

Onion and garlic are two ingredients I saw in almost all packed sauces, stocks and super market meals. Do you know both onion and garlic have negative energies? Even though they have medical values, they are not meant for the daily diet consumption.

After practicing yoga for some time, you will notice that your body becomes so sensitive. Even a little trace of onion and garlic in your food, can bring discomfort to your system. As much as you can try to avoid these two ingredients and create your own recipe.

7, Morning neem and turmeric balls with tepid honey water

Neem and turmeric are two super ingredients that you can take on the daily basis. They both have anti-bacterial effect and kill cancer cells. They also carry unique energies which are very conducive for yogic practitioners. I always make two small balls with the neem and turmeric powder and swallow them with tepid honey water. Make sure you have only a lacing of honey in the water, you can smell it but not so much in taste.

Remember the body is a living organism and it is constantly evolving and changing from moment to moment. Therefore, maintaining a consistent diet ritual is very important to maintain its liveness. I hope you find these tips useful and try them out and let me know how they are impacting your practice.

3 thoughts on “7 food tips to make your yogic body lighter

  1. Hi,

    How do you make the neem and turmeric balls?

  2. Can you please provide the recipe to make the neem and turmeric balls 

    1. Dear Ocean, I simply mixed a tea spoon of neem/turmeric powder with water. I made a paste out of it and roll them to small balls about finger nail size. You can buy pure neem/turmeric powder online. Some places sale them in capsules.

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