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Balancing Sexual Energy

Yogic Food for Men

Can yoga channel the strongest biochemical energy in our bodies? Yes, yoga can actually serve men (and women) to redirect sexual energy into creativity, thus strengthening and balancing the connection between the physical sexual sensation, the mental thought and the ultimate action. Sexual energy may take over a man's consciousness due to many reasons: two primary areas are food and lack of exercise. We’ll look at the food category now and explore exercise in an upcoming article.

Yogic teaching divides food into three categories according to their effects on the body, mind and emotions. This system of dietary teachings comes from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life. The categories are Sattvic, Rajassic and Tamasic.

Sattvic eating is comprised of a yogic diet based on foods which, according to Ayurveda, lead to clarity and balance of mind while also being beneficial to the body. Examples of sattvic foods or liquids are water, whole cereal grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, milk and milk derivatives like ghee. They leave the body light and prepared for meditation and elevated consciousness.

Rajassic foods are known as stimulating: hot, spicy, and salty. Some of these foods are garlic, onion, ginger, hot peppers and caffeine. These foods generally agitate the mind. If one is doing yoga that raises the sexual energy, such as Sat Kriya or exercises that draw the energy to the higher chakras, some stimulating foods can be helpful.

Tamasic foods such as dark meats and cheese cause sluggishness.

When feeling sexually charged, try eating more sattvic foods. When you lack sexual energy (or want to improve overall potency in your life), then eating some Rajassic food may help. There are also some specific yogic foods that are very helpful to men for balancing in this area.

Learn more about Ayurveda to help in food selections and use your own body, mind, and emotions to determine which foods will bring contentment and balance since we all have different needs. Eating to elevate your spirit—there’s some food for thought!

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Recommended: The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar


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