Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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Raw food & Prana

I have sung the raw food saga for quiet sometime now. It’s clean, natural, high in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids and extremely healing and energizing. A yogi’s diet , I mean a strict yogi’s diet mainly consist of fruits, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, root vegetables and in Ayurvedic style they add ghee and milk for lubrication and as a carrier for vitamins.Fruits are generally considered the ultimate yogi diet as they are high in antioxidants, help flexibility and prana!breathe-Mae-Chevrette-flickr

What is Prana? Prana is breath, the vital life force. This not only indicates our usual breathing pattern but the life force in our body. The life force which makes our skin glow, increases anti-aging process, keeps us energized and alive. Within our body there are 5 main Vayu’s ; Prana, apana, udana, samana and Vyana.

Prana- Is breath. Enters your body via lungs and goes to every other cell of your body

Apana- Elimination of waste via lungs and excretory system; air which moves away.

Udana-  Is sound production; speech,singing etc.

Samana – Is food and cell metabolism; digestion, absorption of nutrients and energy etc

Vyana- Extraction and contraction of the body.

 

Out of these five, raw food plays a major role in Prana, Apana and Samana. Raw foods are high in energy and live enzymes and when they are not cooked you absorb all the live nutrients and energy just the way it is. Hence, increasing your living cells and vitality. Raw foods are high in fiber and are filled with anti- oxidants and fights against free radicals.Hence, it improves bowel movement, digestion and eliminates waste products on a timely manner.Disorder in Apana vayu can result in delusion, confusion, depression ,dullness, lack of determination and sluggishness. Raw live food are easy to digest and raw juices helps in quick absorption of vital nutrients. Hence, Samana takes place efficiently without any added stress on the body and helps to balance prana and apana vayu .Sama is responsible for differentiating good from bad; eliminating nutrients from toxins. Hence, “digestion is closely linked to power of mind’

The three main channels of prana is Ida, pingala and Sushumna. All these nadi’s are cleanses through yoga and raw food. Nadi Shodhna is the process of getting rid of emotions like fear, anxiety, stress and helps you strengthen mentally and physically. Backbends are great emotional cleansers and builds your self- confidence simultaneously.Raw live foods helps in maintaining a good body and aids flexibility and lubrication like flaxseed oil, MSM, Camu fruits are know to help flexibility.

Your diet can be raw, ayurvedic, paleo, vegan or any other insane cookie diet. At the end, it always comes down to supporting nature, eating clean and treating your body right .

  There is only one temple, one god, and one place for you to reside in- your body! Take good care of it.

-Smriti