We all are aware of different types of food i.e satvik, rajas and tamas also why some type of food should not be eaten by the yogis or how many times a yogi must eat during the day but my question is do we have any rules for drinking water? For instance how many times or how much water should a yogi drink?

Reason for asking is because now we usually get treated water everywhere that has chlorine and chloramine which does have impact on our pineal gland and for yogis pineal gland activation is really important.

Ideally I would like to see scriptural references in the answers, if possible.

  • Drink water when you feel thirsty and amount your belly fits and not because some scripture says the times and amount it says. Aug 2, 2018 at 17:42
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    @Sarvabhouma Going by ur logic we should also eat then whenever we feel hungry and eat as much as our stomach can take. But according to scriptures that's not the right way. There are definite rules when to eat and how much to eat. So, there's no harm in asking the same for water intake.
    – Rickross
    Aug 2, 2018 at 17:48
  • @Rickross That is the way one should eat. You should not eat just a book says even when your belly is full and not feeling hungry at all.It leads to ill health. This is not a good question.If scripture contradicts what is false, that should be rejected. God has given us our own thinking. We have to use it and not blindly follow because a book is saying something. And I didn't say "as much as as you can eat".. I said what fits in your belly. Re read my comment. Aug 2, 2018 at 17:54
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    @Sarvabhouma, it is a combination of both. we should eat WHEN we are hungry (listen to stomach), but we should not eat WHENEVER we are hungry (listen to shastras). shastras mostly put restrictions, they don't deal much with permissions, because they know we will automatically want to eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, sleep when tired. we do not need shastras to tell us to eat food (eat when hungry), but we need shastras to tell us when NOT to eat food (don't eat before bathing).
    – ram
    Aug 2, 2018 at 23:33
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    He is clearly asking what the scriptures say about it. He is not asking what me or u think about it. So scripture is a valid tag. @Sarvabhouma
    – Rickross
    Aug 3, 2018 at 6:04

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I know about an interesting Mantra from the Vedas which is probably giving an indication to the amount of water we should intake.

samAni prapA saha vonnabhAgah ||

May your water drinking equal your food intake (anna).

Atharva Veda 3.30.3

Apart from that it is also not recommended that we use frothy water (i.e with bubbles) while we are sipping water for Achamana. So, water which has bubbles in it (like the soft drinks have) is obviously considered as impure and drinking such water must also not be recommended.

Manu Smriti 2.61. He who knows the sacred law and seeks purity shall always perform the rite of sipping with water neither hot nor frothy, with the (prescribed) tirtha, in a lonely place, and turning to the east or to the north.

I think it's believed that water also accepted to share Indra's guilt of slaying Vritta (who was a Brahmin) and that sin/impurity stays in the bubbles of the water.

These are the only rules of water consumption, in general, that I'm aware of.

For the Yogis, in particular, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika says that the Yogi should consume only pure water.

Varjayeddurjanaprāntam vahnistrīpathisevanam |
Prātahsnānopavāsādi kāyakleśavidhim tathā ||

Wheat, rice, barley, shâstik (a kind of rice), good corns, milk, ghee, sugar, butter, sugarcandy, honey, dried ginger, Parwal (a vegetable) the five vegetables, moong, pure water; these are very beneficial to those who practise Yoga

  • are there any rules as to when to drink it after having food? From what I know we should not drink it immediately after eating food as it will affect 'agni' that helps in food digestion.
    – Just_Do_It
    Aug 2, 2018 at 17:23
  • Yes that is what my mom says too. But I can not remember reading anything like that so far. So nothing to cite. @Just_Do_It
    – Rickross
    Aug 2, 2018 at 17:24
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    @Just_Do_It अजीर्णे भेषजं वारि, जीर्णे वारि बलप्रदम् । भोजने चामृतं वारि, भोजनान्ते विषप्रदम् ॥...i remember studying this in Sansakrit subject in school not sure abt its actual source...
    – YDS
    Aug 3, 2018 at 1:29

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