As yogi’s and non-yogi’s alike we share breathe, water and food requirements. We can survive only a few minutes without air, about a week without water and about 2 weeks without food. These vital elements are key to our survival and ultimately to thriving. Learn how the union of body mind and spirit that is appreciated through practice & mindfulness can be transferred into our daily lives through healthy, nourishing choices for food and water.
If you currently practice yoga, you’ll understand how breathing steady, calm and efficient helps to not only calm the mind, but also enables postural practice and meditation in a peaceful, alert, yet calm way. Through yoga practice we use our muscles, bones and supporting connective tissue to improve our overall state of health and wellness. Through breathing practice we can help calm the mind, improve respiratory function and encourage ease in all bodily functions. With yogic lifestyle practices, such as personal care, cleanliness, kindness to ourselves, others and the planet, we can become more aware, conscious and soft with this earth that we call home.
But there is another piece of the puzzle that is sometimes a touchy and difficult subject to discuss as it has, for many people, such deeply routes emotional connections, long created habits and sometimes addictions, that we tip toe around and sometimes neglect yet another part of what can feed our body’s, minds and spirits. Simply put: The food we eat. How we grow, select, obtain, prepare, serve and consume our food has an impact on our well-being.
All life has and is ENERGY. The food and drinks we consume directly create the cells, tissues, organs, organ system and bodies we inhabit. Everything you eat, drink, smell, taste, hear and feel; have an impact on who you become. The apple you eat breaks down into the nutrients that fuel the repair, replacement and restoration of EVERY SINGLE CELL in your body. Likewise, the fried, hydrogenated oil, refined sugar, excess sodium, GMO foods that you put in your body will create the cells that make up who and what you physically are.
Being mindful of who, where, what, when and how our food is grown, cultivated, prepared, presented and consumed has a great impact on not only our physical bodies, but also our mind and spirit as well. This brief look at food from a yogic perspective will open your eyes to how important your food and beverage choices are to you and your family. Begin, or continue on your learning journey through better understanding of your relationship to food and how it can improve your health.
I’m not sure about you, but I’d prefer the juicy, sweet and crisp apple cells to the fat laden, stagnant, over processed, dead food cells that refined and altered food provide.
Join Jo-Anne at Janati’s Wellness Day, Saturday, August 22, 2015 for an interesting and thought provoking talk on how the food choices we make today can create our optimal health for tomorrow.