Yogic science recognizes three different qualities of food: sattva, rajas and tamas. Sattva means “pure essence ” , and represents the well balanced and meditative aspect; rajas is the energy which seeks to accomplish, achieve or create and tamas indicates inertia and decay.
Ayurveda and yoga both emphasis a sattvic – or yogic diet – for healthful and mindful eating and living, as well as a way of keeping our minds happy and at peace and our entire selves in harmony and balance. The sattvic diet was originally developed for the Yogi to develop a higher consciousness. But we can all benefit from eating in a way that cultivates a healthier and more mindful way of being – and it need not be an austerity, it can (and perhaps should) be a great joy!
Sattvic food, which includes fruit and vegetables is pure, wholesome, and fresh. Rajas food , such as onions, garlic and pungent spices, are stimulants. Tamasic substances such as alcohol, meats, junk foods are considered to be heavy and enervating.
Many activities in the modern world are fast and often mirrored in the food that we eat and the way we eat it. It is common knowledge that junk food and processed foods have a negative impact on the body. The age of convenience food is upon us with ready to eat microwave meals, packet and tinned foods.
When choosing what we eat, we need to think of how certain foods make us feel. There is a well known saying “we are what we eat. ” Basically this means that if our diets are made up of fast food, takeout, foods high in sugar, high in fat and drink too much. We can’t really be surprised […]