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How to eat like a yogi.

Aug 1st, 2012
Staff Writer
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Nutritionists everywhere taught the importance of meals, especially those that follow a workout. But what about yogis, masters of balanced life? Not trained explicitly in diet, some yoga masters nonetheless have practiced opinions concerning an optimal diet.

Ayurveda yoga instructor and educator Scott Blossom spent nearly 20 years experimenting with diets between veganism and vegetarianism, according to (“Ayurveda”, sanskrit for “the knowledge for long life”, is a Hindu system of medicine that dates back 1000 years BC). Blossom considers consumptions to be “the single most important act for one’s yoga practice,” according to his interview with Yoga Journal.

But there exists no ancient diet directory from the annals of yogic history. Modern practitioners have been forced into self-experimentation to discover the foods that helps to balance their bodies.

Most modern yogis suggest incorporating the values and teachings of yoga into every aspect of life, including nutrition. Buying locally grown and organic foods shortens the train of commerce and centers the consumer on the globe. “I try to eat close to my food sources so that the gap from earth to kitchen table is bridged with greater gratitude,” Anusara Yoga instructor Sianna Sherman said in her interview with Yoga Journal. “My choices are not only about serving myself but also serving the earth and the world in an authentic way.”

Much controversy exists among the yoga community concerning proper nutrition. Many support vegetarianism so to refrain from the slaughter of animals, but others disagree. The consensus in the end is mindfulness towards one’s food. “Yoga is about freedom,” American Viniyoga Institute founder Gary Kraftsow says. And that includes the freedom to chose what to eat.