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Yoga and Vegetrarianism

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YOGA AND VEGETARIANISM – Ayurveda classifies food not as proteins or carbohydrates etc. but according to its effect on the body and mind. It classifies food based on three qualities or gunas that governs human life – sattva, rajas and tamas.

Tamasic food creates lethargy or sluggishness ex- meat
Rajasic food creates activity or restlessness
Sattvic food, which consists of vegetarian fare, creates lightness, energy and positivity
These three qualities are present in our body in varying degree and have a direct influence on us, our moods, emotions and consequent health. There is an ancient Ayurvedic proverb which sums it up- “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

Yoga says that our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and unpleasantness in the mind manifests as an ailment in the body. It has been observed that the practice of yoga, accompanied with a sattvic diet, can truly create wonders. This is because when one does Yoga, pranayama (breathing techniques), and complements it with sattvic food, the prana levels in the body increase. This creates a lighter, positive, happy and harmonious state of being. In fact, many yoga practitioners have experienced that one of the major impacts of yoga is an increased awareness of their body and mind. This allows for their natural progression towards sattvic high-prana generating food choices. It is almost as though the body desires to return to its innate mechanism which is attuned to a vegetarian diet . in the patanjali yogsutra there is limb called niyama – Ahimsa (Harmlessness) The word ‘ahimsa’ literally means not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person

In Yoga tradition, we call the different organisms one as Jeevaraasi. It means a single life in different dimensions with its own life energies. The food that you eat, should be from the earlier evolutions of life. And so which plants are the best always. If you want to eat meat, we suggest you fish foods because they are the early dimensions of organisms with flesh. In this evolution, the closest on to the humans are mammals (that gives direct birth).Of all the organisms, human body is the most complicated. In the course of evolution, the structure of memory becomes more detailed. If you eat animals that has the similar body structure as yours, you would find almost impossible to completely digest the food. But in case of plants you can digest it 100 percent. This is because it leave all its remembrance and imposes your own.


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