There are many philosophies that we learnt during our 200Hr yoga teacher training course at Tirisula Yoga which we can apply in our daily life to lead a happy and balanced life. Most people think yoga as more of exercises that keeps our body fit but during the course, we learned about the 8 limbs of yoga which helps us not only to make our body fit but also helps our mind to become peaceful and reduce stress by reducing the thoughts in our mind.
As per ancient philosophy yoga is mind control which helps us to realise our true self. In today’s word when the people are suffering from many mental problems like stress and depression, following the philosophies of yoga can help to a great extent.
The first limb Yama (Abstinence, Regulation) guides us about the don’ts (Non-Violence, Truthfulness, Non-Stealing, Continency, Non-Greed).
The second limb Niyama (Observance, Training) guides us about the Dos (Purity, Contentment, Accepting but not causing pain, Study of spiritual books and Worship of God). The Yamas primarily focus on our actions when in community with others, while the Niyamas focus on our relationship with our physical and psychological selves. By integrating the practice of Yama and Niyama in our day-to-day life, we can achieve inner peace, bliss and love. 5 Yama and 5 Niyama remind us about the 10 virtues in Buddhism.
The third limb Aasna (Posture Practice) is the posture we need to move comfortable through the eight limbs. We can practice the asanas everyday to keep our body fit and healthy.
The Fourth Limb Pranayama means Breath Control. Practice of pranayama includes breathing exercises. Practice of pranayama helps to supply our body with oxygen while removing the toxins. It has many benefits like improves sleep quality, Reduces stress , Increases our mindfulness etc.
The next four limbs Pratyahara (Sense Withdrawal), Dharna (Concentration), Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (Contemplation, Absorption, Superconscious State) are more relevant for people who wants to pursue a spiritual life for self-realization.
We learned about the types of food which we can follow according to our daily requirement. It is considered that food is building block of the body, as we eat so we become in mind and body. The type of food we eat gradually manifests in our mental make up or state of mind.
There are three types of food according to yoga philosophy which we can follow according to our lifestyle or goal.
Sattavik food leads to Harmony, Balance, Positivity, Calmness and Peacefulness. This type of food is cooked with least amount of spices and without much seasoning. The food is fresh, attractive, nutritive and is cooked in a simple way. This type of food is desirable and highly recommended for yoga practitioners.
Rajasik food leads to Passion, Activity and Movement. This type of food includes various types of foods like fried, roasted, curried, highly seasoned along with various types of desserts, wine and drinks. Food of this type are recommended for people who are very active and do many activities in daily life.
Tamasik food leads to dullness, inactivity, imbalance and lethargy. Tamasik food includes dishes prepared with too many spices, excessive use of salt, pepper, chilies, artificial colours and additives. These types of foods have very less nutrition value for either mind or body. They make body dull, lazy and drowsy. These foods stimulate emotions of anger and greed. Tamasik foods include alcohol, tobacco, onions, garlic and fermented foods such as vinegar. This type of food is undesirable and not recommended.