PS is practicing yoga since the age of 11. Her yoga retreats in India have helped her gain deep insights into self-awareness.
Food is highly responsible for how your mind works and how your nature replenishes. So, it is very important for you to have an ideal diet for the awakening of kundalini. Another important reason is during the time of awakening, your body undergoes physiological changes. These changes take place vastly in the digestive system, which consistently interferes with the digestive process. The intervention is so strong that it completely ends your hunger. That’s why you need to be very attentive to your diet.
It is also proved through scientific studies that the kundalini awakening comes along with a state of nervous depression. Your inner body temperature goes through uncertain changes, that may tremendously lower down in comparison to the outer body temperature. Your metabolism and oxygen consumption slows down. For that reason, your diet needs to be very light and easily digestible.
The recommended food is boiled food such as barley, lentils, dal, and crushed wheat, especially when they are eaten in a liquid form. You should avoid the intake of fat and oily foods, even protein intake should be minimum. This diet will help you exert less strain on your liver because, during a mental crisis, your liver is always over-exhausted.
Carbohydrates can help you maintain your inner body temperature. These compounds don’t require much effort to digest. So, you can add carbohydrates to your diet such as barley, rice, potato, wheat, etc. Foods like eggs, chicken, and related others don’t produce sufficient heat, but they do require enough heat for digestion.
A yogic diet is pretty simple and bland. You can call it macrobiotic. Their food intake is not for pleasure, but for sustenance.
Possible misconceptions about diet
There are many misconceptions regarding the ideal diet that a yogi must-have. According to half of the aspirants, a yogi must intake only milk, fruit, and raw vegetables. This seems right, but when you’ll look at all the possibilities, this statement doesn’t fit really well.
There are certain types of foods not at all made for human consumption, especially meat and raw food. While carnivorous animals have short intestines and can quickly expel the food, we, human beings, have very long intestines and need at least 18 hours to pass the food throughout our bodies. Vegetarian food doesn’t ferment quickly and thus, can be kept in the intestines for long hours.
On the other hand, I have no intention to say if you follow a non-vegetarian diet, you can’t awake your kundalini. There are many saints in the past who awoke their kundalini despite being a non-vegetarian. We can’t fight on what our ideal figures ate during their time, there’s really no way to find that out. But make sure you take only enough food required to keep you alive.
An excessive amount can obstruct your energy flow towards the higher consciousness. As per my estimate, a small amount of meat is equal to a tremendous amount of veg food. So, you can understand how much you need to eat during the kundalini awakening.
Elixir of Sattvic food
The food we eat, should not only be for the pleasure of satisfying our taste. Every food has its own essence. In yogic language, it is called sattvic food. Sattva is a Hindu philosophical and psychological concept. It is the quality of serenity, goodness, and balance. It also refers to the ultimate elixir of food. This is different from vitamins and minerals.
Sattva is a much finer form of food. The food that you eat just for pleasure fills you up with unsavory dirt. This is the main reason, why yogis and saints of all generations live on a minimal diet, especially during the time of sadhana.
Your more-than-required eating overburdens your digestive system. This makes it difficult for you to produce sattva out of the food. Sattva is actually a powerful element for nourishing your nervous system and thoughts. This way, your thoughts are highly refined and unaffected. This helps you live in a state of higher consciousness. This also makes it clear why it is important for you to fast from time to time. A clean and light body is highly capable of receiving the sattva from food.
Condiments aid digestion
Condiments are a very effective substance in aiding digestion. You should certainly make it a part of your diet especially if you are a kundalini yogi. These include green pepper, mustard seed, aniseed, turmeric, cardamom, coriander, cumin seeds, cinnamon, and so on. These are also called digestives. These are not for enhancing the taste. They are more like external enzymes to speed up your body processing. It is a proven fact, condiments are full of vital energy and can easily help you preserve your internal body’s temperature.
Overall, you should make sure to eat only those products that your body can easily digest. You can add at least 4 to 6 types of condiments to your food. The biochemical reaction of condiments together with body heat and enzymes help tear down the food into smaller pieces and make it digestible. Also, remember to eat properly cooked food. Don’t eat anything that demands higher effort from your body to assimilate.
Diet varies with different forms of yoga
Surprisingly, diet is related to every type of yoga. Your diet varies with the type of yoga you are practicing.
- A Hatha yogi should not intake a large number of peppers especially red and black.
- A bhakti yogi can eat almost every type of food including sweets and dairy products because his metabolism rate is very high.
- A raja yogi and kundalini yogi have a low metabolism rate, so they should go for light and simple diet.
Well, it goes without saying, a serious yoga practitioner must be very practical about the type of diet he is following. If you are confused, then consider how much physical activity you are required to do in a certain form of yoga. If it’s more about meditation and pranayama, you must go for a light diet. And if it requires you to do varying yoga poses, then better eat something bountiful.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Prachi Sharma