Because of her participation in Isha Foundation’s Inner Engineering meditation program, Los Angeles resident Jennifer Carlson has learned a few uncommon yogic recipes to healthfully boost her energy without stimulants. For Jennifer, these simple recipes in combination with the daily meditation she learned from Isha founder, Sadhguru Vasudev, helped her eliminate a serious caffeine dependency that was robbing her of her health. This meditation and simple dietary additions can provide an alternative method of maintaining high levels of energy throughout the day, especially of interest to those resolving to consume less caffeine for the New Year.
“I am a night-shift nurse, which means I work as long as 12 hours through the night. In an emergency room situation, every moment someone’s life depends on my alertness,” Jennifer emphasized. I used to drink coffee and soda throughout my shift to maintain my effectiveness. When I came home, I was completely drained, nauseous, and jittery, I would have to eat something really heavy just so I could settle my stomach and sleep for a few hours—then I would begin this cycle all over again. The night-shift was taking such a huge toll on my body. Mentally also, I was feeling depressed. I knew I couldn’t survive this much longer, but I value my career.”
Then, Jennifer remembered a dietary tip she learned in the Inner Engineering program. “Sadhguru mentioned a white melon that naturally cools the system and gives a natural energy boost without caffeine or other stimulants,” she said. Desperate for something to replace caffeine, she tried it. “It has helped dramatically. It makes me feel highly energized and alert, but not at all jittery, nervous or agitated like coffee does—there’s no subsequent ‘crash’ after. It gives me a really healthy feeling boost, not an adrenaline rush.”
The white melon Jennifer is referring to is called wintermelon. Eaten mostly in India and China, it is often cubed and added to soups in Asian cooking. However, the yogis of India have long regarded wintermelon as one of the most naturally energizing foods due to its high quotient of what yogic science refers to as ‘prana’ or vital life energy. To retain this vital energy, wintermelon must be eaten raw.
“In yoga, we do not look at foods in terms of vitamins, minerals or proteins. We categorize food in three ways: positive pranic food, negative pranic food, and zero pranic food,” explained Sadhguru in a recent class. “Positive substances are those which, when consumed, add prana to the system. The pranic energy, the vital energy in the body, will increase.” According to Sadhguru, wintermelon, fresh coconut, and lemon are among the most pranic foods available.
“This one addition to my diet in combination with my daily meditation practice has enabled me to break the unhealthy cycle of ups-and-downs. I drink 2-3 glasses of wintermelon juice while I am at work to stay energized through the night, and then I sit for about 20 minutes of meditation when my shift is over to rest and re-charge my system,” Jennifer explained. “My Shambhavi meditative practice also greatly reduces my need for sleep. So when I come home now, I eat a healthy meal and then sleep for about 5-6 hours.” Together, these simple lifestyle changes have even allowed Jennifer to spend time with her kids after school and make them dinner before she goes off to work again.
The taste of wintermelon is very mild like a cucumber. It has virtually no taste of its own, so it is easy to work into all kinds of salads, smoothies, and juices on hot days. On cold days, you can add either honey or black pepper to the melon to reduce natural cooling qualities in the fruit while retaining its raw energy boost. Wintermelon may not be stocked by your local supermarket, but in most cities it can be found at Chinese markets, Indian markets, or international farmers’ markets. Look for a melon about the size, shape and color of a watermelon, but with a characteristic white ‘ash-coated’ surface. This white powder that coats the outer rind is where the melon also gets the common name ‘ashgourd’. This powder is harmless to eat, but becomes sticky when it’s wet –it should be rinsed from the surface before slicing the melon open. Uncut, a wintermelon will keep for a month or more in a cool, dry storage area.
Sadhguru will be visiting Houston, TX from May 4-6 to offer a 3-day Inner Engineering program. Sadhguru created Inner Engineering as a powerful antidote to the intense stress of the modern lifestyle. Inner Engineering includes the transmission of the ancient Shambhavi Mahamudra kriya, a powerful 21-minute practice that accelerates inner growth and wellbeing. This 3-day intensive is a rare opportunity to learn from Sadhguru in-person and receive the Shambhavi process directly from him. You need only receive Shambhavi once. As long as you maintain the practice with regularity, it will support your health and inner wellbeing the rest of your life. For more Houston program details, visit www.Sadhguru.org. Read More @ Source