Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2019)
The role of diet in Yoga therapy
Author(s): Dr. Manisha Manoj Khondhare
Abstract: A true “Yogic Diet” is based on Ahimsa, which is a concept that means that no harm should ever come to a conscious living being. Therefore, a true “yogic diet” will be vegan. That is certainly an option, but for the purpose of this publication we will discuss food and overall nutrition as it contributes to your physical, mental and emotional well-being, which are all focal points of yoga fitness. Of all the elements that contribute to overall fitness and health, diet plays a key role in helping you achieve your goals, and yoga is no exception. In fact, one of the most powerful means of healing and balancing the body and mind with yoga is proper nutrition. Yoga is comprised of various poses, known as asana, which include bending in downward and reverse positions that puts pressure on the stomach organs, and can cause feelings of discomfort as food gets pushed up during the moves. So, it is important to not eat too close to the time of practice. It can also cause constipation. Mood swings from hunger and low blood sugar do not support a proper workout and will interfere when doing yoga, so going to class hungry is never a good idea. Eating too much or the wrong foods can result in an overall feeling of belatedness and fullness that will interfere with the workout, and especially the poses. Lastly, one of the most important benefits of a yoga workout is the inducement of increased blood circulation, which, will be directed only to the digestive process when one is too full, in effect, wasting its benefits.