Founded by the yogi Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Isha Yoga is a spiritual practice dedicated to helping humans evolve beyond a physically bound state to an awareness of their unlimited spiritual potential. Through teachings and social and environmental initiatives, the Isha Foundation introduces its practitioners to meditation and breathing practices designed to develop inner vision and strength and optimize their physical and mental capacities. As the son of a Western-trained medical doctor, Sadhguru does not object to the Western carnivorous diet for moral reasons, but believes that the body is better suited to a vegetarian diet.
While there are no restrictions as to the type of food you can eat as an Isha Yoga practitioner, it is important that you provide your body with food that you can easily digest and which meets your individual requirements for comfort and productivity. According to Sadhguru, as you develop awareness, you will come to understand what your body requires for sustenance and eat accordingly.
Raw Food Diet
Because cooking destroys the life energy of the plant, food in its live form is easiest for your body to digest. While it is up to you to choose a food plan that suits your individual needs, a diet containing 30 to 40 percent of live fruits, raw vegetables and sprouts will serve your body well. Regardless of the type of food you choose to eat, expressing gratitude for the plant or animal's contribution to your sustenance enables your body to obtain the maximum amount of life energy during the digestive process.
Rich in texture and taste, the Indian diet frequently includes curries, rice, lentils and chiles. Dairy products, such as yogurt and a type of cottage cheese known as paneer, are also staples of a nonvegan diet. Raw grated carrots, beetroot or finely chopped cucumbers seasoned with spices and citrus juices form the basis of nutritious, easily prepared salads.
Isha Yoga practitioners who engage in yogic practices will lose or gain weight according to the condition of their body's digestive system. Certain exercises and breathing techniques, known as kriyas, help you to achieve a level of awareness that enables your body to digest the food you eat more efficiently and convert it into a higher form of energy, thus enabling you to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.