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Yoga and diet

"Let the yogi eat moderately and abstemiously; otherwise, however clever, he cannot gain success."  Siva Samhita

Food – energy for life

The human body needs food for two reasons: as fuel to produce the energy it needs and as a raw material to regenerate the body and continuously renew the tissues. A pure and natural diet is the best way to support our body’s two basic needs.

The sun – energy source of all life

All energy comes from the sun. So the closer our food is to this source, the more energy it has. Human beings can only draw vitamin D and life energy (prana) directly from the sun, whereas plants use photosynthesis to convert sun energy into matter. Therefore, a vegetarian diet delivers nutrients directly ‘from the source’. Meat or fish, by contrast, contains only ‘second hand’ nutrients – the natural energy of the plants has already been metabolised in the body of the animal.

We are what we eat

We are what we eat. This is true in more ways than one. As mentioned above, we need food to maintain the functioning of our body. But food also has more subtle effects: it forms the substance of our mind and can thus influence the mind in a very subtle way. This is another reason why we should eat natural foods. Fresh, light and nutritious food keeps the body trim and flexible, the mind clear and sharp and makes both body and mind receptive for the yoga practice.

Further details on a healthy diet >>

International Ayurveda Programmes


Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda

Sivananda Yoga Centre London (9–13.8.2014) >>

Sivananda Yoga Retreat House, Tyrol, Austria (21–25.8.2014) >>

Ashram de Yoga Sivananda, Orleans, France (26.8–1.9.2014) >>

With Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni (MD), Ayurveda experts, Pune, India.

Ayurvedic cooking tastes delicious and is a healthy alternative to conventional food choices.

Certificate Course: The Yogic Way of Cooking, Sivananda Yoga Retreat House, Tyrol, Austria


The Yogic Way of Cooking

Sivananda Yoga Retreat House, Tyrol, Austria

Fri 14. 3 / 4pm – Fri 21. 3.2014 / 4pm
Fri 7.11 / 4pm – Fri 14.11.2014 / 4pm

    • New menus daily – easy to digest and low in calories
    • Natural sources of calcium, iron, B12 and protein
    • Pure and energising foods: skilful preparation of vegetables, grains, pulses, salads, raw foods, snacks and yogic desserts
    • Taking into consideration typical allergies or food intolerances
    • Vegetarianism (ethics, ecology, health)

    Details >>

    Health and diet


    "The right kind of food is most important. Half the illnesses of the nation are due to an ill-balanced diet. There is no mystery about diet. It can be learnt very easily. Have a good knowledge of diet and nutrition. You can save doctors' bills. You can build a healthy constitution. Eat moderately what you know by experience is agreeable to you and what is digestible. Simple diet is the best." Swami Sivananda

    Vegetarian Cooking Workshops

    Easy Ayurveda cooking workshop with Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni

    Saturday, August 9, 2–5pm

    London >>

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