The Right Food for Yoga Practitioners

March 26, 2011

In Kashyapa Samhita it is said "one who knows how much to eat can be free from disease".

Man gives first importance to health and next to wealth. Food is the prime power for all the activities of our body. Good food rejuvenates one’s health and a healthy body keeps one’s mind in a good condition.

 Yuktahara viharasya yukta chestasya karmasu I
 Yukta swapnava Bodhasya yogo bhavati dukkaha II

One who controls food, work and duties can acquire yoga easily and avoid sadness in the process. Limited sleep and limited waking hours remove all the obstacles.

The three qualities of food are

1. Satwika  
2. Rajasa  
3. Tamasa

One who practices yoga must consume Satwika food. He must not use food which is too hot or too sour or too spicy.

Rajasa food is that which is sour, bitter, salty or very hot or spicy food. Tamasa food means that which is tasteless, rotten. Such type of food increases lethargy. So Tamasa and Rajasa food become obstacles to yoga practitioners.

Ayusatwa balarogya sukapreeti vivardhanah I
Rasyaha Nigdhaha sthirahridyaha aharaha satwika priyaha II

Food which increases one’s life span, health, happiness, love and strength are dear to a man who is Satwika.

How much should a yoga practitioner consume?

Nutritious Satwika food which suits one’s body should be consumed. One should never consume more than required. One’s stomach should have half solid food, quarter part of liquid and the remaining quarter part should be kept empty for the circulation of air. Eat only when you are hungry.

When consuming food see that your mind is free from sadness, anger, anxiety, excitement, hatred or jealousy. Eat in a clean surrounding, keep your attention on the food you eat and chew it properly. Digestion starts from the mouth itself. If there are diversions like TV, secretion of digestive juices becomes difficult.

Let your food be limited and have it at a fixed time. Let there be proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, fat, sugar, minerals, water in your food.

Philosopher Socrates said, "Sound mind in a sound body," which means if our body is healthy, mind also will be in a healthy condition. Try to have a balanced diet by which our digestive organs work systematically. Have fresh food. Drinking artificial coloured drinks are dangerous to one’s health.

List of Satwika food

Ladies finger, bitter guard, horse gram, coconut, capsicum, corn, potato, lentil, double beans, pumpkin, sweet potato, toor, coriander leaves, fenugreek, grapes, apple, pomegranate, sapota, sweet lime, orange, guava, dates, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, banana etc.

How many calories of food should be consumed?

Men should consume 2800 calories per day, pregnant woman 2600 calories and children 1600 calories. Manual labourers require more food while computer operators and call centre workers need less.


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Comment on this article

  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor/Manipal

    Tue, Mar 29 2011

    Kirti.. I have some reservations on your observation. If food is consumed to live and life is all about living long and healthy (i am not talking about spiritual or moral side) I am just taking about healthy and long life of HOMO Sapians. Then we have examples of Japanese whose staple food is Meat and Seafood (non satvic) and they live for 100yrs (Ntnl avg is somewhere around 90yrs), western countries again we see lots of active Octogenerians , and in our Kottayam,Kerala I have seen our Christian brothers (we call them Achaians) who do not eat anything other than fish , chicken and red meat (I have examples of my close friends - who do not even touch green vegetables) - who live more than 80 long active life. So, I think for healthy and long life .. it is not just food. it might be genetics, life style, activity and also positive outlook. If I am wrong please give me some explanation which can convince most of us thinking a like. Anyway, I have no doubt Yoga is best form of exercise for our entire body and mind.

  • GK Delampady, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 27 2011

    Iam Staying in Mangalore. Conducting more Class in Mangalore. Yoga Alwayas learn by Guru only. yoga article is only for information. My Mob.No. 9448394987

  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor/Manipal - Now in USA

    Sun, Mar 27 2011


    do you have any classed near Manipal or Udupi?

  • shreyas meda, bangalore

    Sun, Mar 27 2011

    Thats a wonderful article.the perfect calorie requirement via food is the best part of this article...surely it will be a helpful one for people of all ages ..the writers scientific approach towards diet is highly appreciated . . . . . hats off to mr gopalakrishna delampady sir....

  • Gopalakrishna, Delampady

    Sun, Mar 27 2011

    Dear Balaram, Mangalore
    My contact no is 9845254254


    Sat, Mar 26 2011


  • Balaram, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 26 2011

    Kindly provide me your contact Tel. number.

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