Yoga and Yogic Diet

The Essentials of a Sattvic Diet (Yogic Diet)

Sattvic Diet emphasises consuming foods that are pure, light, and easy to digest, promoting physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual well-being.Here are the key principles and components of a yogic nutrition (yogic diet) : 

Sattvic Foods:

The yogic diet focuses on sattvic foods, which are pure, fresh, and naturally sourced. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Sattvic foods are believed to promote clarity, peace, and vitality.

Fresh and Seasonal:

Consuming fresh, locally grown, and seasonal produce is a cornerstone of the yogic diet. This ensures that the food retains its nutritional value and life energy (prana).

Minimally Processed:

In choosing foods, prioritize minimal processing, avoiding additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients, and favor whole foods over refined products.


A yogic diet favours plant-based foods. If animal products are included, they should be sourced ethically and consumed in moderation.

Mindful Eating:

Eating mindfully and with gratitude is essential. This includes eating in a calm environment, chewing food thoroughly, and being conscious of the body’s hunger and fullness cues.

Balanced and Moderate:

A yogic diet promotes balance and moderation. Overeating or indulging in excessively spicy, salty, or sugary foods is discouraged.


Drinking plenty of water and herbal teas is important for maintaining hydration and aiding digestion.

Meal Timing:

Regular meal times and avoiding late-night eating help align the body’s natural rhythms and support digestion.

Avoiding Tamasic and Rajasic Foods:

Minimize tamasic foods (stale and overly processed) and rajasic foods (spicy, bitter, sour, or overly stimulating). Believers attribute lethargy and negativity to tamasic foods, while they ascribe restlessness and agitation to rajasic foods.

Adopting a yogic diet complements yoga practice by enhancing physical health, mental focus, and spiritual growth. Improve your diet and notice how your health and life also improve.

Also read : 5 Points of Yoga

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