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Eating Your Way to Better Yoga

This blog post will help you discover what to eat, how to eat and when to eat to help you deepen your yoga practice.

  1. Bio-individuality: For those of you who know me as a women’s hormone and holistic health coach know that I live by the term, ‘bio-individuality’: What works for one person, may not necessarily work for another. So while a yogic diet encourages non-violence to all creatures, this may not necessarily means veganism or vegetarianism for you. Although, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing, whether we’re looking at a yogic diet, paleo diet or whatever the diet may be, all diets have the same things in common: eat more vegetables and fruit…real food!
  2. Mindful Eating: Too often we are eating too much – too much in quantity, because of the nutrient void foods that are rampant in our society today. We need to eat to live, not live to eat. The yogic philosophy talks about people too often focusing on the taste of food and not seeing food as something that nourishes us. So incorporating some mindful eating into your life is not only something that is part of a yogic diet, but also something that’s becoming more mainstream with food in general. So before you sit down to a meal or to a snack, focus on the present moment and take 5 deep breaths before you commence your meal. Then eat your meal as if you’ve never seen this food before. Get curious like a little child. Focus on all of the senses – what you can see, small, touch and taste.
  3. Organic: Our food these days is so manufactured and full of all sorts of chemicals and pesticides which impacts on our health.This is why sourcing organic and local produce is the way of the yogic diet, and while this may be hard to start with due to financial or location constraints, try with introducing a few organic foods at a time. Have a look at my blog post on the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen as starting point to eating organic foods.
  4. When to Eat: So when it comes to a yogic diet it’s important to refrain from eating at least 2 hours before completing your yoga practice. If you do find you’re getting hungry before your yoga practice then having a herbal tea or something very light is recommended. You don’t want to have any heavy meals, processed foods or anything that fills your body with chemicals or hormones as yoga is about expansion and about cleansing the body.
  5. Coming Back to What to Eat: So let me ask you a few questions. There are so many dietary theories out there, what works best for you? What do you enjoy eating most? What food heal you? What food make you feel heavy? Comment below or contact me to let me know what fuels your body, because one person’s food may be another person’s poison.

I hope this post helps you in deepening your overall health and well being, in particular your yoga practice.

 

Namaste xx

Tara

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