In Kundalini yoga students are encouraged to embrace a healthy, yogic lifestyle. The yogic diet is vegetarian consisting of whole, simple, fresh, nutritious food such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, legumes and dairy products.
Whole, real and unprocessed nutritious foods sustain us and give us energy and strength.
The Ayurvedic ancient science recognizes that health is a state of balance between the body, mind, and consciousness. In ancient times, food was considered medicine.
Those of us who practice demanding disciplines like Kundalini yoga or martial arts, need to eat Rajasic foods which comprise of stimulating herbs and spices and many earth foods, providing us with will-power and strength. We also need to combine it with Sattvic food, which helps us to have clarity and lightness. They are most fruit, vegetables, sun foods, and ground foods.
Tamasic food is to be avoided as they tend to make one more impulsive, easy to anger, and confused. They include meat. Fish, eggs, alcohol, intoxicating drug.
Yogi Bhajan the founder of 3HO, the governing body of Kundalini yoga emphasized the importance of Conscious Eating for good health.
- Eating small bites, chewing consciously, mixing the food with saliva, so that we taste the sweetness of the food. Yogi Bhajan said “If you do not mix saliva in every morsel of your food, you are eating poison.” Often we unconsciously gulp our food and that action “swallows your strength, your life. Then nothing is left of you. Slow eating is one of the best meditations in the world”. The first step in digestion begins in the mouth as the saliva with amylase secreted by the parotid glands break down starch into simple sugars.
- Eat in a relaxing, pleasant environment. This helps with the digestion and assimilation of the food.
- Serve food to others first. The act of serving others instils a consciousness and sacredness to the eating experience.
- Be grateful and bless the food before we eat as it adds prana. A simple prayer suffices and it is also important to bless others who are less fortunate than us.
Other tips for better digestion and elimination:
- If you can’t digest it, don’t eat it.
- Eat only what you can eliminate within 18-24 hours.
- Stop eating before you feel full.
- Rest after meals: nap after lunch, walk after dinner.
- Don’t eat after sunset.
- Chew more than you think you need to. The stomach has no teeth.
- Have regular eating times, and eat only when you are hungry.
Food preparation is just as important as the quality of the food. Food must be prepared with love and care. The vibration we put into the food enhances the nourishment and healing power of the food. It is known that people get sick from eating food prepared by angry chefs or sad helpers. Chanting mantras, singing and projecting positive thoughts during food preparation are excellent ways to improve the nutritional value of food
Kundalini Yoga for Digestion
If you over-eat sit in Rock Pose (Vajrasana) on the heels for a few minutes after the meal. It is said that one can digest rocks in this posture. Kneel and sit on heels (tops of feet on the ground) so that they press the nerves in the center of the buttocks.