Ayurveda diet and Yoga

By Mona Gill

I have always been into yoga as everyone knows and lately it was more meditation as opposed to the physical practice of yoga. Which I still do but not as intensely. It is mostly taking control of the mind over body.

With all that said, diet does play a very important part. I have always known about the ayurvedic diet but recently was when I actually understood it more after being educated by someone who is living the ayurvedic lifestyle and has tempted me to make this a part of my health and wellness regime for longevity and a healthier lifestyle.

What is Ayurveda?

It is made up of our physical, emotional, lifestyle including the foods we eat and times we go to sleep etc.

They are made up of our doshas called Vata which is air and ether, Pitta which is fire and water and finally Kapha which is earth and water.

By knowing what our doshas are, we can customise our yoga practice accordingly. It brings immense benefits and maximum results .

Firstly find out what your dosha is.

There are 3 types :-

Vata– those under the vata dosha are very active physically and mentally.

Vatas usually experience imbalance through anxiety, skin dryness and also have difficulty sleeping.

Yoga can help with these imbalances by practicing certain postures that help in grounding them.

Asanas recommended for these are spinal twists, mountain pose , headstands and any kind of inversions will help. Also slow, calm breathing is important to cultivate self care and also stillness .

Vatas should be eating more foods rich in protein,fat, warm, moist and oily. That balances out the excess vata.

Basically Vatas should emphasize sweet, sour and salty flavours and minimise pungent, bitter and astringent foods.

For examples Vatas can have eggs, buttered toast, avocado for breakfast

Or hot cereals with ghee and sliced almonds

Lunch can be yellow dhal with naan or rice and pasta with an oily dressing.

Ideal dinner for vatas can be avocado fried rice, soups and stews.

Pitta– those in this dosha category are usually very passionate and courageous. They experience imbalance through anger, inflammation and competitiveness.

To help counter these imbalances, the yoga practice has to incorporate relaxing postures to release tension such as back bends and heart openers. Such poses would include the bow pose, camel and a full wheel pose to encourage patience.

When it comes to pitta doshas, their diet would include more raw fruits and vegetables. Since pittas have more internal heat it is best for them to have less spicy dishes like hot fiery curries and more cooling foods instead. Less caffeine and alcohol is also advisable.

Suggested meals would be: breakfast would include raw fruit salads, oatmeal with ghee and chopped almonds and some maple syrup to taste.

Or avocado and egg whites (recommended) with toast.

Lunch: purple cabbage ( sauteed with ghee), lentils with whole grain bread

Or avocado fried rice

Or whole wheat pasta with fresh vegetables

Dinner: vege /tofu/turkey burgers with avocado, soft cheese, lettuce and fries

Or green dhal with rice are great options!

Kapha -individuals under this dosha are very strong and stable. Their imbalances come through as procrastination, congestions (sinus or chest).

They usually need to be stimulated therefore poses such as sun salutations and some fast breathing poses will help stimulate some enthusiasm and also focus.

Kaphas generally should have less dense and heavy foods and go for foods that are light in flavour and airy.

Kaphas need foods that stimulate digestion and clears the channels of the body and also helps with sweating.

Kaphas definitely need to go easy on the sweet, sour and salty .

Examples of a kapha dbreakfast would be a baked apple/ stewed fruit with some rice porridge if needed.

Or rye toast with some unsweetened tea.

Lunch: lentils with a side of greens with some light flavors.

Dinner: quinoa with some lentils / or a rice and lentil porridge.

Or soups such as leek and potato with a light and refreshing flavour/ dressing such as ginger and lemon.

With all these doshas one is not better than the rest but it is important to feed your body what it needs so the better understanding you have of your doshas you can feed it the nutrition and practice what your body needs for longevity and health. It is important to be present with all of your meals and yoga practice to have a better of what foods and ingredients have an effect on you for a start.

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About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

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