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Yoga and Food

Yoga and Food

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Yoga and Food

– how to feed your self the yoga way and will it make you happier and healthier if you do?

“Recognising that food can be yoga and that I can feed my “self”, as well as my body, has helped me find the joy in healthy food. These days cooking and eating is as much a part of my yoga practice as the time spent on my mat. Here are some ideas on how you can feed your Self the yoga way, recipes for joyful and healthy eating, yoga philosophy insights and the thoughts of others on yoga and food.  Together we can discover whether that makes us happier and healthier.”


Autumn to Winter 2018

Yoga And FooD

– how to feed yourself the yoga way

Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup

Recipe and Photography by Green Kitchen Stories

Here’s a simple, everyday soup recipe I’ve been cooking recently and a verse from yogic philosophy that sheds light on how to feed your self the yoga way. This is a great one to start with because it’s a great recipe that uses everyday ingredients and the philosophy is totally relevant to modern lifestyles.

First the philosophical bit, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika tells us that “The Yogi Should Take Nourishing And Sweet Food.” In essence this one’s all about purity and personal-fit. Sweet in this context suggests fresh, pure and untainted, and here’s the great bit – pleasing. Pleasing here means suitable – suitable to you, suitable to sustain you with the energy you need to manage the demands that are placed on you.

we notice more keenly the toxic or uplifting effect of different foods and drink and become more able to move towards food that nourishes us and makes us feel content

But how do we know what is “pleasing” to us, we’re all different after all… I think this is a great example of yoga in action – this is where self-awareness comes in. The self-awareness we learn on our yoga mat pays dividends when it comes to making the right choices about what we eat and drink day-to-day. On-our-mat asana and breath work cleanse and refine us, toxins are processed and we feel energised. In quiet moments we learn to tune-in to our body, listen to its rhythm and respect how it feels.

Whether we’re consciously aware of it or not that begins to have an effect when we’re off our mat too. We notice more keenly the toxic or uplifting effect of different foods and drink, we become able to move away from what doesn’t please us and towards food that nourishes us and makes us feel content. Little by little we are learning how to feed our selves as well as our bodies.

So, how to feed your self the yoga way… Choose fresh, pure food that sustains you and tastes great. Food that you look forward to cooking and eating and that brings a deep sense of satisfaction …and you may well find you feel happier and healthier.

This Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup recipe by Green Kitchen Stories ticks the fresh and pure boxes and is certainly pleasing to me. I’ve been cooking this up in huge quantities recently, it’s seasonal and healthy, quick and looks great – I really do feel happy and healthy after a bowl of this.

Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup.

Autumn to Winter 2018

Can One Truly Be A Yogi And A Foodie?

Traditional foodie Tim Hayward vents beautifully and asks us yogis to please leave food to proper foodies…

Article by Tim Hayward courtesy of The Guardian