unearthing the inner yogi 

In India there is a belief that the body is the temple in which your soul resides. The healthier and more cared for the outer temple, the more serene and wise the soul. Yogic nutrition can be summed up in the Rule of 3. I am going to tell you what this rule is not first and then I’ll tell you what this rule is.

The Rule of 3 is not about carbs, fats, or sugars. Stop worrying about those at once. I mean right now.

The Rule of 3 asks us to focus on only three items in our diet. All we have to do is to keep our intake of these 3 items to the optimal. The first item in the Rule of 3 is water. Drink very large amounts of high quality water. Carry water with you at all times. And remember to drink water when doing yoga!

The second item in the Rule of 3 is fresh fruits and vegetables. Find and eat only the freshest organic fruits and vegetables. Participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project like Full Belly Farm and get a weekly box of organic fruits and veggies for about $15 a week. It may be the best political statement you could make while becoming healthy! Eat these every day, several times a day.

The third item in the Rule of 3 is Ghee. Ghee is familiar to Indian and French cooks (who refer to it as clarified butter) as well as yogis who swear by its almost magical properties. You can buy ghee at the Berkeley Bowl. Ghee is butter transformed through an alchemical process rendering it very powerful in its abilities to do two things: First, to carry nutrients deep into your tissues and organs, and second, to detoxify. Ghee is unique in its ability to detoxify fat soluble toxins in the body. Most importantly, it tastes great! Try it on top of lightly steamed vegetables or cook with it instead of oil or butter.

The Rule of 3 provides a simple, yet comprehensive nutritional system for the development of a beautiful body. And the more beautiful your body looks and feels, the more you honor the soul that resides within your temple.

Peace and Love,


 Abhay Ghiara is a life-long yoga practitioner who studied yoga and yoga philosophy at the Aurobindo Ashram and Bombay University. He now lives in Berkeley, California and teaches yoga to a wide range of students. 

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