You might have often heard that yoga practice and vegetarianism go hand in hand and it might have bothered you about why you need to have a vegetarian diet to be a yogi. Well, the crux of the matter is that different kind of food kindles the different parts of our brain. While fruits and vegetables spark the satvik or calming elements in your body, too much of meat and protein rich food invariably incite the rajasik and tamasik element that leads to excitement or anger or even desire. While there is no reason for absolutely abstaining from non-veg but a predominantly vegetarian diet is always helpful.
Toning the Body Better
I feel that a predominantly vegetarian diet helped me to tone and adapt my body better to the rigors of yoga. After all, yoga helps in detoxing the body, cleansing the internal organs, strengthening the immune system and improving the overall blood flow. A diet rich in greens, fruits and vegetables go a long way in not just easing out the digestive process for me but also the natural administration of vitamins and antioxidants worked much better with the yogasanas in helping me gain better control on my system.
Calming Our Mind
This brings us back to the issue of the Satvik behave or the calming of our mind. The fact that sattva means clarity and essential lightness and a fiber rich diet, high in legumes, nuts, natural food can easily help in creating the satvik force and helping me achieve better harmony with nature. On the other hand, processed and animal protein rich diet dulls the mind and sparks the tamasik and rajasik element in the body. They also take more time in getting digested and can be a strain on the body if there is no balance in the amount of intake of different food groups.
Regulating The System
Another important benefit of a predominantly vegetarian diet I feel is that I am able to regulate my overall system or body much better. The natural elements, the fiber-rich fruits and vegetables which are naturally high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants boost the system with the required armory to deal better with any type of malady. I feel it also worked a long way in improving the immunity and at no point of time do I feel heavy or uncomfortable after a meal.
Concept of Ahimsa
Yoga fundamentally preaches achieving oneness and harmony with nature and nothing can help you achieve it better than following vegetarianism and the concepts of non-violence. It is for this reason that when you stop your dependence and gradually withdraw from animal protein, you also start developing more compassion for your fellow companions and in general all living beings around you.
So it would not be wrong to conclude that a predominantly vegetarian diet is an ideal accomplice for my yogic practices. It helps me to rein in my mind and body a lot better and allows me to practice the yoga asanas to their final fruition quite easily.