Sattvic Food

A sattvic diet generally consists of:

  • fresh, organic fruit and vegetables
  • whole grains and nuts
  • dairy products such as milk and ghee
  • beans and lentils
  • plant-based oils
  • mildly sweet foods (natural, unrefined sugars), honey, molasses
  • spices such as cinnamon, basil, coriander, ginger and turmeric

Diet is an important part of yoga.

“Brahmchari mitahari tyagi yogprayanah

Abdadurdhavam bhavet sidhau natra karya vicharna”   

(Hathapradipika – 1/57)

A person who is a devout practitioner of yoga, practices continence, Yogic diet (Mitahara) and renunciation attains success in one year or little more; there is no scope of doubt in this statement.

“Yuktaahaarviharasya yuktachestasya karmasu

Yuktaswapnavbodhasya yogo bhavatidukhah”

(Srimad Bhagvad Gita- 6/17)

He whose food and enjoyment are balanced, whose movements in actions are balanced, whose sleeping and waking is balanced, his yoga becomes eliminator of sorrows.