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INDIAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH STUDIES - Volume 2 Issue 2, July 2020

Pages: 64-73

Date of Publication: 31-Jul-2020

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Yogic Diet, Trigunas and Mental Health: Implications for Research

Author: V. Suresh, B. Srilakshmidevi, Dr. V. Suresh

Category: Health Studies


A guna is one’s quality or tendency. Yoga Science and Ayurvedic Medicine have classified gunas into three: rajas, tamas and sattwa; each with its own characteristics. In any person, though all the three are found, one of them is dominant. The data collected through the senses that pass through the mind and intellect is modified according to the dominant guna. Thus, guna is the final step which influences the personality of a person. The type of food one takes influences the dominant guna. Yoga Science enumerates the food items that promote a particular guna. Thus, diet has implications for understanding a person’s psychological functioning. Implications for mental health and counseling are discussed.

Keywords: Yogic diet, gunas, trigunas, mental health

DOI: 10.56490/IJHS.2020.2204