Most people are entirely human. Not me. I’m special. I’m the Bionic Super-Raw Vegetarian. I’m 15 per cent weapons-grade titanium—the result of two artificial hips. And, come to think of it, I’m 15 per cent immortal. Walk through an airport scanner and I light up every machine for yards around. Bored security personnel rise from their semi-slumber. Homeland Security goes to DEFCON 4. While they’re busy frisking me, my husband Nick smuggles all our raw food through security.
My doctors told me I’d never be able to stand on one leg, my balance being forever impaired. I’d never be able to bend more than 90 degrees at the hip, they said. And I’d definitely have a “bad back,” said the doctors, because of the severe limp I’d endured for 45 years of my life. “Go watch General Hospital,” I told them. (Other phrasings came to mind. But this one seemed gentler.) I canceled my health insurance and started taking yoga.
The more I learned about yoga the more convinced I became that yoga practice has to be an integrated part of a raw food lifestyle. For example, if ligaments or other fibrous connective tissues are shortened as a result of injury or inactivity, raw food will definitely make stretching easier. But get real: Your food won’t do your stretching for you. On the other hand, there are many people who do yoga regularly yet still struggle to achieve their optimal weight. Adopting a raw food diet will make a world of difference in that situation. Both practices—yoga and the raw food lifestyle—have their limits. Great as the benefits of each may be, they’re finite benefits. For the best possible results, use them in tandem.
Raw food will make your constriction less rigid, but it is yoga that will stretch your tissue. Raw food furnishes the body with the best material for optimal health. Yoga helps the body to make the most of it.
Yoga and the raw food diet are similar in the ways they make you feel. Yoga books describe the same euphoric experiences I have found in the raw food diet. Yoga and raw food diets are alike—liberating, energizing, and exhilarating. Each practice complements the other, multiplying the same physical and mental benefits.
While reading the book Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness by famous yoga teacher B.K.S. Iyengar, I was greatly impressed by numerous parallels between the practice of yoga and the raw food life style. Both purify and heal the body. Both offer powerful therapeutic effects in dealing with physical and psychological problems. Both promote radiant health.
So many things Iyengar describes about yoga relate directly to raw food experiences. He says: “What we are really doing is infusing dense matter with vibrant energy. That is why good practice brings a feeling of lightness and vitality. Though the mass of our body is heavy, we are meant to tread lightly on this earth.” This attitude easily translates to the raw food diet. Another analogy between yoga and the raw foods that I learned from this book is that “you are fully within yourself, not outside yourself looking in.” As with yoga, the raw food lifestyle initially asks us to exert ourselves more as the resistance is greater, because our flexibility is less. At some point, you reach the state where effort becomes effortless.
Yoga and the raw foods are both meant for purification of your body as well as for the refinement of your appearance and clarification of the mind. You’ll find startling the resulting enhancement in your looks, improvement in your posture, and your better skin and muscle tone. You’ll feel your vitality brought by yoga practice to a new lofty height.