In a world which lives on processed food and quickly changing technology, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are extremely important to find harmony within the body and the soul, and achieve a sense of self-awareness and understanding. One of the keys to doing this lies in our approach to food, particularly by following an Ayurveda diet, which is primarily based on the principle of eating right according to our type, proper food combinations and incorporating the “six tastes” into our daily meal plans. |
There are many a yoga retreat and wellness center that try to teach natural healing of the body by incorporating advice on an Ayurveda diet. This is particularly so because there are so many benefits that an individual can reap from it and there are minimal, if any, side effects.
For starters, eating well with Ayurveda can help an individual achieve their ideal weight. In Ayurveda, this is done with right eating and proper planning, rather than crash course diets that cause you more harm than good in the long run. It advises people to eat the right kind and amount of food according to their own personal constitution.
An advanced yoga retreat may also combine an Ayurveda diet with formal yoga instruction, because this type of food supports yoga practice on a very basic, foundational level. Proper food makes the body feel light, so that during practice you are at your best. It is difficult, after all, to really focus on your practice or exercise when you feel sluggish and dull! This Ayurvedic approach to food is based on eating high-energy foods that support your particular body type (in Ayurveda, there are three main body types and four sub-types, each with their own best-performing diet). This diet also reduces obesity and promotes better blood circulation and an all-around healthy development of all the systems of the human body. This diet is also a detoxification method by default. By eliminating harmful toxins from your body, it allows the body to function at its most optimal level and reduces the damage done to your internal organs.
Since ancient times, practitioners of Ayurveda have believed that following a well-planned Ayurvedic diet helps ignite the “agni” or “fire” inside the human body, meaning our capacity to digest food and assimilate nutrition. Therefore, once you start following this form of diet, not only will you find your system detoxified and purified, but you will also find a stronger digestive system that can more easily digest different types of food. A strong digestion system gives the body more energy to build immunity and fight off seasonal, environmental and age-related health issues more effectively.
Resource box: These are just a few of the many benefits of following a Ayurveda diet. But of course, the result varies from person to person and according to your level of commitment. So, the next time you attend a Yoga Retreatwith your friends or family, ask the instructors, staff or an Ayurvedic expert to share how this form of diet can help you feel healthy and great!
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