What is the Sattvik Diet?

Many of us do yoga for its health benefits. However, did you know yoga is not just about yoga poses (asanas)? What we put into our bodies to fuel it is also extremely important. A car running on diesel moves and smells differently from one that runs on electricity. Not saying that we are cars, but you get the gist.

Many serious yoga practitioners follow the Sattvik diet. But let me first put out a disclaimer: It is not the ONLY healthy diet on the planet, there are other diets that are also beneficial to us, such as the Mediterranean diet, the whole food plant based diet etc. Before trying out any new diet, make sure you do your due research in order to ensure adequate and balanced nutrition. The Sattvik diet is not just based on nutrition, but also has cultural and historical significance.

Sattvik (adjective) = Comes from the root word Sattva, which is Sanskrit for “purity“, “light“, “goodness“. It is one of the three gunas, aka qualities, as mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. The other two gunas are tamas and rajas.

Rajas = State of energy, action, change (similar to Yang in Chinese philosophy). Results in passion and craving.

Tamas = State of darkness, inertia, inactivity, materiality (similar to Yin in Chinese philosophy). Results in ignorance and obstruction.

In each person, there are differing levels of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Yogis strive to increase Sattva as it enhances knowledge and joy. An increment of Sattva also suppresses Rajas and Tamas. So what are Sattvik foods?

In general, Sattvik foods are pure and light. They are mostly plantbased as yogis believe in Ahimsa (non-violence), which is part of the Yamas (the first limb of yoga). Sattvik foods include whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, seasonal whole fruits (not juices), fresh vegetables, cold-pressed oils (they should remain unheated when consumed), natural sweeteners such as honey, certain herbs and spices (basil & coriander), unrefined salts such as himalayan or unbleached sea salt, and milk or other dairy products that are sourced ethically (meaning the cows were well taken care of and calves have already had their share of milk). Dairy products such as curd and paneer (cheese) have to be made fresh on the day it is being eaten. Milk that is one or two days old has to be heated up before consumption.

Rajasic foods are spicy and stimulating. They include the allium family (garlic, onion, leek, shallots), hot peppers, fermented foods, eggplant, radishes, refined sugar, caffeinated drinks, tobacco and other stimulants, eggs, dark chocolate etc.

Tamasic foods are heavy and obstructive. They include meat, fish, garlic, onion (yes garlic and onion are both Rajasic and Tamasic!), alcohol, recreational drugs, fried or burnt foods, frozen and canned foods, refined grains, overripe or stale foods, fungi, preservatives and artificial ingredients etc.

You may notice that some of the foods that come under Rajasic and Tamasic foods, such garlic, onion, radishes and eggplant are actually very nutritious or beneficial foods. They can be used to achieve certain healing functions such as treat infections and improve sleep. Strict yogis or certain religious individuals may eat only Sattvik foods, however it is also important to understand your personal goals and motives and to listen to your body when choosing to eat or not to eat Rajasic or Tamasic foods.

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Ready on 28 Aug 2021: New MRT station near Elemit Yoga

Hip hip hurray! The long awaited Thomson-East Coast Line (Stage 2) will finally be ready on 28 August 2021. Alight at Upper Thomson MRT station and walk a short distance to our studio at Midview City. See you on the mat!

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The Benefits of One-on-one Personal Yoga Training (PT)

Why should we spend so much more to do PT?

Just like private tuition, PT allows you to go at your own pace. You might find that the pace of a group class is too fast. You just wanted to hold a little more in a pose. Or you had difficulty getting into a pose because everyone around you seems to know what to do, but you just needed a little more guidance and a bit more time. Many beginners take PT at the start of their yoga journey to set their foundations right. Once these foundations are stable, they go on to take group classes and benefit much more. Remember, PT doesn’t always need to be intense, you can go slow, according to your pace.

Or perhaps 6789you find the class too slow and you would like to progress faster. Many advanced practitioners opt for PT as they get the undivided attention of the instructor, and not to forget, more adjustments. A minor adjustment can correct your alignment, improving your posture and reducing the risk of injury. In large group classes, injuries sometimes happen as instructors are unable to attend to all students at once. But in PT, you are always under the watchful gaze of the instructor.

One major group of students who benefit greatly from PT are those with physical ailments. Slipped discs and knee injuries are getting more and more common these days, and a regular group class may not be able to provide the additional modifications required for such students. In PT however, you would be able to better communicate your physical issues with your instructor, allowing them to tailor the class to your specific needs and anatomy.

Of course, since PT is a one-on-one type of training, chemistry and trust between the teacher and student are of utmost importance. Always make sure you communicate your concerns and are able to feel comfortable during your PT sessions. At Elemit Yoga, we have two yoga instructors, Master Amit and Nam Yogi, who are able to provide PT sessions tailored to your needs. To book your first session or enquire for more details, Whatsapp us at +65 8023 4363.

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