Posts Tagged ‘sattvic diet’

Yoga Teacher Exam Stress

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Yoga OutsideBy Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Some situations are ironic. Yoga teachers often help their students with stress management techniques. Can you imagine a Yoga teacher intern stressed out over his or her exams? It happens more frequently than you think, but here is a way to finish your studies, without stress, and become a Yoga teacher, within a reasonable time frame.

Mark Twain said: “If you eat a frog, first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.” What in the world was he referring to? In a nutshell, he is referring to procrastination. Do the tasks you avoid the most, first. When you study, know what you want to avoid and do it now.

A Yoga teacher must be a self-starter. Every Yoga teaching position requires an independent-minded person, who can take hold of responsibility. Otherwise, we can work for a supervisor, who is responsible and makes decisions for us. It takes discipline, and practice, but you can complete your assignments by scheduling them.

As a result of creating good study habits, you might even have some “spare time.” If you do, complete your work early; you can always double check your assignments and improve your grades. You could also partner with another intern. This allows you to challenge each other, and reach peak performance, as a result.

Always take notes: Whether you are attending an intensive, or watching a DVD, the act of writing notes is good for memory retention. This method helps preserve concepts for your long term memory.

When you are at your limit with studying your books, working off the PC, or reviewing lectures and techniques, stop and practice asana, pranayama, or go for a walk. This is a great way to give your mind a break, and you still will be able to review techniques in a relaxed manner.

If you decide to go for a walk, you could practice walking meditation. In fact, while you are taking that break, you could make a point of practicing positive visualization. For example: Picture yourself as a Yoga teacher, after you have successfully completed all of your exams.

This may seem obvious, but make sure your diet is clean while you are studying. The Sattvic diet is full of whole and natural foods, which may contain slow burning sugars, but will not cause you to be distracted by a “sugar high.”

Finally, the company you keep can make or break you. It is impossible to study in the presence of friends who are stressed out, or people who have no objectives. If you have friends, or associates, who fit this description, schedule them in, but do not let them take you away from your studies.

Your objective is to complete your Yoga teacher training course. If you know someone who has spent a lifetime without goals, you might be able to help them, but you would be wise to finish your assignments first.

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The Purpose of Yoga: Yogic Diet for Peaceful Resolutions

Monday, June 11th, 2007

yoga certificationBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

In Yoga, the Sattvic diet is considered to be a very important issue for the holistic health of a practitioner. When most people consider the term, “diet,” mental images of boring food, torture, and weight loss come to mind. Yet, healthy eating can be prepared tastefully.

As a result of good taste, we will look forward to each of our meals and continue to eat healthy on a daily basis. Diet has also been proven to affect behavior. Studies of human and animal behavior indicate that vegetarian diets cause less violent behavior.

Omnivorous animals, such as chimpanzees, rats, and iguanas, behave aggressively after eating meat. More unbiased studies should be conducted on how the consumption of meat creates aggressive behavior in humans. When we consider the dramatic behavioral shift in chimpanzees; this should make us much more aware of what foods we eat and how they affect our own behavior.

The Sattvic Diet does bring about peaceful behavior, while nourishing the body and mind. So, what are the basics of a Sattvic Diet? The Sattvic diet consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy, honey, nuts, seeds, oils, herbs, spices, legumes, and whole grains.

Preferably, all of these foods are organic, fresh, and most should be eaten raw, once or twice per day. Does this sound familiar? This is a traditional Yogic diet, which has existed for thousands of years. Yet, this same diet has recently become popular globally and is “doctor recommended.”

It is wise to eat cooked food, at least once a day, to boost your morale, but food should not be over cooked. Using a microwave oven to heat foods should be kept to a minimum, as this can over cook food and lower the nutritional value.

Consuming fresh vegetables and fruits is a healthy practice. The typical Sattvic spices are turmeric, cumin, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, and ginger.

The foods mentioned, so far, are just a small sampling of the many choices available. If you are creative, you can prepare meals, which keep your friends and family anxiously coming back for more.

This brings to mind one last point about diet and peaceful resolutions. If, or when, you make the decision to live by a Sattvic diet; do not turn it into a point of contention in your home or with your friends.

Unfortunately, everyone does not want to eat a healthy diet, and some people have allergies to specific foods, even if they are healthy. Never “play at” being superior, because you are eating healthy or practicing Yoga. This is a big “turn off” to those who would benefit from eating a Sattvic diet and healthy living.

Eating healthy, and practicing Yoga, is a personal choice. It is also true that no one can be forced to eat healthy. You will do more damage than good by making an issue over dieting, even if you are right.

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