As Yogis, it is important to stay grounded in your practice and balanced. This means fueling your body with foods that are good for the soul. Everything that we put into our bodies is used as fuel for our practice. Nourishing your body is vital to your practice because the nourishment we get from food goes directly into the nourishment of our body and mind.
As Yogi’s, we believe that food is the creator of prana, which is the life force that sustains our bodies bringing us health. Therefore, it is vital as a Yogi and for your Yoga practice to be conscious of the foods we eat.
MindBodyGreen tells us that “The discipline of yoga suggests a pure (ethical) vegetarian diet, which facilitates the development of sattva. Sattva is a quality of love, awareness, connection, and peace with all sentient beings. Yogis believe that food is our first interaction with the world around us, and if we do not eat with a sense of love, connection, and peace, all other facets of our lives are inclined to suffer.”
The basis of sattva is the concept of non-harming, known as ahimsa. Therefore, a sattvic diet avoids any foods that cause harm to animals. It is also important in a sattvic diet to focus on food that is grown in harmony with nature, foods that are grown naturally. Focusing on ethical, organic, non-harming foods is what you will find in a Yogi’s pantry. It is also crucial to consume foods that have been prepared with love, gratitude and positive intention in order to increase prana and a higher state of consciousness. This yogic diet can be followed by anyone, no matter the level of their practice and commitment. If you are looking to live a healthier and more spiritual lifestyle this diet is perfect for doing just that. To be specific, here is a list of some of the foods you will find in a Yogi’s pantry.
Fresh, Organic Fruits (naturally sweet) and Vegetables:
-Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Kale, Green Beans, Chard, Lettuce, Winter and Summer Squash, Yams, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Turnips
Whole Grains and Nuts:
-Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Pecans, Macadamia Nuts, Chestnuts, Coconuts and Cashews
-Basmati Rice, Barley, Wild Rice, Quinoa, Oats and Buckwheat
Dairy products such as Milk and Ghee (this is optional, many Yogis do and many don’t- this is more of a preference):
You can try freshly prepared Soymilk (as a milk substitute if you do not like dairy).
Beans and Lentils:
-Adzuki Beans, Mung Beans, Pinto Beans, Fava Beans, Green Beans, Lentils (black or tan)andLima beans (small amounts)
Mildly sweet foods (natural, unrefined sugars):
Raw Sugar Cane, Honey, Molasses
-Cinnamon, Basil, Coriander, Ginger and Turmeric
Teas, Natural Fruit and Vegetable Juices and WATER- lots of water!
If you are looking for a protein pick me up post Yoga, that is suitable for a Yogi, make sure you grab a cold Après from the fridge in our boutique. This clean, plant-based, non-gmo, vegan and gluten free protein drink is the perfect after class nourishment! They have flavors like vanilla, mint cacao, sea salt chocolate and even cold brew coffee.
It is important to follow a grounded, sustainable and holistic Yoga practice that begins within. If you are looking to have a more spiritual and natural diet you can try to include some of these items in your pantry, no matter the practice you follow. If you are looking to follow a Yogic diet try incorporating some Ayurvedic rituals into your life as well, this will help to lighten your mind and body and make it easier to transition into a sattvic diet fit for a Yogi. Check out some of our previous blog posts that talk about Ayurvedic rituals and wellness routines to help ease your transition.