Yoga Heals

Eat the yo­gic way

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS -

We are all crea­tures of habit. We take the same route to work each day, go to the same café ev­ery week­end, eat the same thing for break­fast ev­ery morn­ing, binge-watch a show when­ever we find the time or even make time just for it. The is­sue with this is that we of­ten end up act­ing with­out aware­ness, al­most like a ro­bot pro­grammed to do tasks with­out any in­ter­jec­tion of its own. Putting your mind on au­topi­lot is con­trary to one of the most ba­sic teach­ings of yoga, which is to live a life tap­ping into the con­scious aware­ness of the present mo­ment. The core essence of yoga is mind­ful­ness. It is well-known that the em­pha­sis that yoga

places on mind­ful­ness can be used to en­cour­age healthy eat­ing be­hav­iours. The first step to­wards chang­ing your eat­ing habits is to bring aware­ness to what, when and why you eat. Mind­ful eat­ing is also known as in­tu­itive eat­ing; it’s a con­cept that en­cour­ages be­ing present in the mo­ment while eat­ing. It fo­cuses on pay­ing at­ten­tion to the taste, smell and tex­ture of your food and ob­serv­ing any thoughts and feel­ings you ex­pe­ri­ence while eat­ing. It has shown to pro­mote healthy eat­ing habits that help con­trol blood su­gar, weight loss and treat eat­ing dis­or­ders.

CHANGE THE PAT­TERN

In or­der to change your eat­ing habits and adopt healthy ones, you need to un­der­stand the un­con­scious in­flu­ences or be­hav­iours you have to­wards food. Ac­cord­ing to the yo­gic no­tion of sam­skaras, pat­terns are re­in­forced by rep­e­ti­tion. Some of the strong­est sam­skaras are formed around food. Since you eat sev­eral times a day, you have count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to deepen the pat­terns that de­ter­mine what, when and how much you eat. There­fore, to get rid of bad eat­ing habits you will have to first - un­der­stand un­healthy pat­terns, sec­ond - break them, and third - re­pro­gram your mind to ac­cept and prac­tice bet­ter/ health­ier be­hav­iours to­wards food. You can be­gin to con­sciously train your­self to see cer­tain habits as good (like buy­ing whole grain bread), and oth­ers as bad (like eat­ing junk). By ex­am­in­ing your sam­skaras or pat­terns, you can stop eat­ing out of habit and

Vrik­shasana is a yoga pose that on con­cen­trates build­ing men­tal fo­cus and body bal­ance. The asana helps one build bet­ter con­cen­tra­tion to equip­ping one set health­ier goals and tar­gets.

start eat­ing in a much more mind­ful man­ner.

MAKE IT CON­SIS­TENT

Prac­tic­ing yoga reg­u­larly and con­sis­tently is the key. Once yoga be­comes a part of your life­style, the body be­gins to change at a deeper level. Prac­tic­ing asanas and spe­cific breath­ing ex­er­cises help bring bal­ance to your body and mind while also im­prov­ing the func­tion­ing of the di­ges­tive or­gans and sta­bi­liz­ing the func­tion­ing of the en­docrine sys­tem glands. Due to this, the tox­ins ac­cu­mu­lated in the body over years will be grad­u­ally re­moved. In ad­di­tion, yoga re­stores the ner­vous sys­tem and brings about a bal­anced state of mind. When you are calm and healthy, you tend not to cope with stress by stuff­ing your­self with un­healthy food. Ob­serv­ing mind­ful­ness about food along with fol­low­ing cer­tain yo­gic diet prin­ci­ples such as adding sal­ads to each meal, fo­cus­ing on a bal­anced diet and munch­ing on lots of fruits and veg­eta­bles will en­able you to have a healthy re­la­tion­ship with food.

Va­jrasana is a very pow­er­ful pose which helps the en­tire di­ges­tive sys­tem, and can be prac­ticed on a full stom­ach.

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