By Sangeetha Saran
Within every Yoga teacher training is the study of doshas, gunas, and koshas. You cannot study Yoga without learning something about Ayurveda and Yogic psychology. Above all things, Yoga is a spiritual practice and discipline that aids the aspirant to unify his or her body, mind, and spirit. This wonderful, sacred, and ancient practice has enormous dietary benefits, while empowering the mind and spirit.
Yoga is a holistic science that has laid the foundation of many sensible diets for centuries. In fact, Yoga’s relationship to food is based on consumption of food in moderation for health and happiness. You cannot be happy if you hate your diet! Happiness is essential to develop spiritual beauty within.
The key to true health is to have a balanced whole foods diet that you are happy to live with. A balanced diet ensures that all the faculties of digestion work smoothly – absorption, assimilation and elimination. This yogic philosophy of a balanced whole foods diet, fights health disorders that can be traced to faulty nutrition and diet.
In order to achieve long lasting weight maintenance, it is important to understand the chemistry of food. Once you understand how food affects your body you’ll be able to reprogram your metabolism to keep your weight at whatever level you want for the rest of your life.
For complete holistic health and weight maintenance purposes, there are three different basic categories of food.
• Carbohydrates: Foods that break down to sugar in your body to fuel your muscles and your brain. These include fruits, vegetables, and grains like the wheat in bread and pasta.
• Protein: Essential for maintaining muscle tissue, hair and vital organs; is also be used to produce vital energy. Protein is primarily found in animal sources like meat, fish and poultry. However, lower quality protein sources can be found in beans, seeds, and nuts.
• Fat: Contains elements essential to control metabolic rate and other vital systems in the body. Found in a variety of foods including animal fat, vegetables, nuts and dairy.
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