By Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500
How can we make our Yoga students aware of the need to be moderate in their eating? Many Indians, who move to North America and Europe, find the diet to be much different than we were exposed to in India. The people, in northern areas, have been eating meat for thousands of years – especially during the cold seasons.
This diet has been programmed into northern cultures, because this is how primal man survived during hard winters with permafrost. In the northern climates, you can break a shovel trying to dig for root crops in the winter. As humans in northern climates became more knowledgeable, they transferred root crops to root cellars in the fall season.
At the time of this writing, not many people go through so much trouble to grow and store vegetables. Processed foods are a way of life for many people. According to Yogic philosophy, as described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, “bitter, sour, hot, green vegetables….Food heated again, dry, having too much salt, sour, minor grains, and vegetables that cause burning sensation, should not be eaten.”
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika goes on to say that “Wheat, rice, barley….dried ginger….pure water, these are very beneficial to those who practice Yoga. A Yogi should eat tonics