By Dr. Sat Siri Kaur Khalsa
In his lifetime, Yogi Bhajan delivered a great body of knowledge relating to Ayurveda, yogic diet and Sattvic food that included the use of specific foods for health and healing. When Yogi Bhajan shared these ideas in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, they were not part of common Western Hemisphere knowledge.
Some, though not all, of this information is now part of popular culture. For example, many of us know and incorporate turmeric into our diet. It is known to reduce inflammation and improve both joint and colon health. Along with using turmeric in many cooked dishes, Yogi Bhajan shared a delicious recipe for Golden Milk, which incorporates turmeric, almond oil, sweetener and milk into a warm beverage. He referred to turmeric as an “internal doctor” that healed many health challenges.
Yogi Bhajan also often gave people special diets, many of them mono-diets, as a way to assist with health issues and to heal imbalances. His mastery of the science of Ayurvedic principles was extensive. He read the aura and the entire psyche—past, present, future, karma, destiny, patterns and possibilities. His recommendations often reached beyond the physical aspects of the body to encompass mental and emotional bodies as well.
Throughout the years Yogi Bhajan often suggested I consider a few different special diets. Each suggestion was specific to that moment in time. In my 30s, he suggested I chew my food very well because he felt that I didn’t produce enough saliva with digestive enzymes. When I did this one simple practice, I was able to eat less with ease and without craving other foods. My digestion improved dramatically as well.
In Yogi Bhajan’s Bhoj Kriya: How to Eat Consciously for Good Health, he gives a more in depth yogic understanding of how, what, and why to eat.
Here is an excerpt:
“You eat to live. You should not gobble food, because the secretion of the stomach is ordered by the pituitary and on the command of the pineal, so when you quickly fill your stomach, this will give it a shock and make it immediately bloat. This bloat gives your body a shock for the next three hours and is what we call an upset stomach.
For food to be rejuvenating and for it to give strength and keep the body young, you have to use the saliva of your mouth. If you do not mix saliva in every morsel of your food, you are eating poison.
If you procedurally eat food (which you usually gulp in fifteen minutes) it will become your best friend, your best strength, and your best self. Usually when you eat, your entire nervous system moves and you move your mouth and tongue together. But when you just swallow things, you don’t eat them.
When you swallow food that is not chewed properly, it swallows your strength, your life. Then nothing is left of you. Slow eating is one of the best meditations on this Earth.”
I didn’t necessarily ‘gobble and swallow’ my food before receiving this awareness from Yogiji, but eating more slowly and chewing thoroughly were not a habit I naturally had. When I began focusing on chewing, I realized I could do it a lot more than I had been. Though it took focus, I was able to do it with the motivation of the benefits this practice provided.
When I take the time to slow down and consciously chew even a little bit, my digestive system works more effectively. I also tend to eat less and feel better overall. A helpful hint to reinforce the habit of chewing longer is to put your utensil down in between bites.
Dr. Sat Siri Kaur Khalsa is a licensed holistic chiropractic doctor, intuitive healer, and teacher. She began intensively studying and practicing daily Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at age fifteen. While still in high school, her yoga teacher requested that she teach her first Kundalini Yoga class.
After two decades working as a trained chiropractor, Dr. Sat Siri’s approach has advanced to one that now utilizes an extremely subtle and very effective healing technology. She is intuitively guided, and with divine assistance, she opens to the vast and wondrous realm of both divine and human consciousness.
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