Often you start practicing yoga out of curiosity, because some friend or friend practices it and talks about it enthusiastically. Furthermore, there are those who practice it because they are fascinated by the East or are looking for a greater physic balance. In addition, some do it because it seems like a trendy activity. So, in the collective imagination, practitioners of this discipline appear as individuals with supple and toned bodies as well as having a very efficient mind. In addition, not everyone is suitable for the practice of this discipline. First of all, a lot of patience is needed. In fact, there are people who abandon everything after a few sessions because initially it seems too static and unnecessarily meditative.
YOGA AIMED AT THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT
In particular, the main gift of the true yogi is patience and perseverance. So it consists of a process of maturation aimed at a constant improvement and a continuous search for spirituality to look for a greater physic balance. In addition it is different from common sports disciplines. In fact, perhaps it is the only one that involves all our faculties. That is body, psyche, intelligence and spirituality
So the practice gives us the sense of purity of performing a beautiful and intelligent movement. In other words, it is a continuous research aimed at perfecting. In fact, those who are passionate about this discipline feel an irrepressible desire for improvement. So you buy the books of the masters. In addition, centers are being sought where increasingly qualified teachers who make periodic refresher courses in India work. In addition, it frequently happens that you fall in love with this discipline and feel the irresistible call to “go back to basics”. So to personally go to India to look for the true masters to absorb part of their spirituality. In fact, true yoga lovers are looking for the true Guru who in ancient Sanskrit language means “he who enlightens”.
FILL THE SPIRITUAL VOIDS
It is a discipline that completes man. In fact it is made to satisfy all the needs of him according to the various needs. Otherwise, there are various types of yoga that adapt to the different attitudes and the desire for completeness of the practitioner. In other words, no sim is a discipline suitable for anyone. In particular because it is far from the concepts of man and the world typical of Western culture. That is, the modern world imposes on us the myths of efficiency and productivity often pursued with dishonesty and total dedication to work that overshadows the other pleasures of life. Modern life often leaves us gaps within our psyche that we try to fill in order to live better. In other words, these voids can be of various types.
FOOD AS AN EXERCISE OF THE SPIRIT
So whoever is looking for something that completes the voids of his soul must look for the yoga that can best fill his shortcomings. In particular, the first phase is to understand what one’s spiritual needs are and then look for the best food to satisfy the hunger of the spirit. I mean, I mean food on a metaphorical level. So as exercises for the spirit that release the substances that generate pleasure at the brain level (endorphins). In addition, they reduce the production of the stress hormone (adrenaline). In addition to other chemicals harmful to the body and spirit if produced in excess (cortisol).
It is known that the practice of yoga also implies an adequate lifestyle. Therefore, those who practice this discipline must follow fairly precise rules concerning honesty, a positive attitude towards others, a high degree of personal hygiene and proper nutrition. In addition, yoga followers argue that what we eat defines us and is part of the world of our values.
Therefore, one of the first pillars of yoga (there are eight in all) is non-violence towards all living beings. In fact, according to the true follower of this discipline to obtain a greater physic balance, the diet must be absolutely vegetarian. So this aspect concerns the 100% yoga follower and not those who practice it only as a physical discipline and as a mental exercise.
Furthermore, according to the Hindu discipline, foods can be divided into three categories according to their vital energy and quality. In fact these three categories are: 1) Sattvic foods that allow the harmonious flow of energy and are ideal for good mental hygiene: they are fruit, vegetables, legumes, dried fruit, algae, milk, sugar, sugar, honey, green tea . In addition, there are 2) Rajasic foods: exciting that make the flow of energy disordered and are coffee, black tea, strong spices, carbonated drinks, chocolate. Finally, there are the 3) Tamasic foods that are harmful to body and mind because they hinder the correct flow of body energy.
YOGA FOOD BALANCE
In particular they are meat, fish, eggs, spicy cheeses, all badly preserved foods. On the other hand, one of the elements for classifying foods is life and its harmony. Paramhansa Yoganda said that the animal that is killed releases vibrations of fear that affect the mind of those who eat it. A well-balanced diet plan for those who practice yoga provides the following breakdown: 60% fruit and vegetables; 20% create them; 20% vegetable protein foods such as legumes, tofu, nuts, bamboo shoots, dairy products. In addition, some eggs are also allowed even if you prefer the foods listed above.
doc. Massimiliano Mangafà