A commonly held belief is that all yogis must practice vegetarianism in order to reap all the benefits yoga has to offer. Is this true…
To practice yoga in its entirety, a plant-based diet is recommended. This type of diet develops sattva, which is the positive quality of love, connection, awareness, and peace with all beings. Sattva supports the concept of ahisma, which means non-harming. Individuals who follow a sattvic diet don’t eat foods that are created by the harming or killing of animals. The diet also promotes foods that are grown naturally.
Regularly practicing yoga asanas, pranayamas, and meditation heightens the individual’s level of self awareness, and this inner wisdom and knowledge guides the individual to the right food. The individual becomes more aware and sensitive to what he or she eats.
It is believed, by many Yoga practitioners, that a Yogi should take milk, fruit, and raw vegetables. However, this is not totally correct because there are certain foods which are not meant for the human body at all.