Here are some general yogic dietary guidelines:

– Keep your diet simple. This doesn’t mean tasteless: good taste helps the digestion.

– Yogis talk about eating sattwic (pure) food in a sattwic (calm, clean) environment, prepared by a sattwic cook. “Sattwic” means elevating, pure; the main sattwic foods are vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, milk, dry fruit, whole wheat grains, rice.

– In general, a vegetarian diet is advised. If you are not yet a vegetarian, work towards it. Fish and fowl are the lightest meats which can serve during a transition period.

– Alcohol is a definite “anti-meditator.” It muddles the awareness, lowers our consciousness and should be avoided.

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