Nourishment can be defined as “the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.”
At The Ahava Way we place foods into three categories by their ‘qualities’ based on yogic science.
- Rajas foods are foods that excite the mind. Qualities: (passion, active, confused).
- Tamas foods are foods that dull the mind. Qualities: (darkness, heavy, destructive, chaotic).
- Sattva foods that are neutral and cultivate harmony in the mind. Qualities: (goodness, constructive, harmonious).
A sattvic diet is meant to include food and eating habits that are “pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious and wise.” In this way the food we eat does not excite the mind nor does it dull it. This creates the foundation for withdrawing the senses, concentration and eventually meditation.