How can you extend your yoga practice to the dinner table? Classic yogic texts like Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita don’t prescribe a “yogic diet.” But if you are interested in re-thinking your diet, there are many yogic concepts you might consider applying to your eating choices. For instance, the Yamas (Social Restraints) and Niyamas (Personal Observances) offer several inspiring paths. For instance, some yogis who focus on Ahimsa (nonviolence), feel motivated to choose a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet. Or, giving attention to Sauca (Purity) might inspire you to more carefully source your food from organic, non-GMO products.
Aside from the Yamas and Niyamas, another yogic concept often carried into diet considerations is Mitahara (measured or moderate diet). Mitahara addresses both quantity and quality of diet. In terms of quantity, one can refrain from either eating too much or eating too little food. And when it comes to quality, the practice of mitahara refers to carefully selecting a balanced and wholesome diet. Following mitahara can help you link nutrition to the health of your body and mind.
What is your current relationship to food? Are there aspects of your diet you would like to change? How can you exercise mindfulness to support skillful goals related to the quantity and quality of foods you eat?