Whether your goal is to lose some kilos or improve your yoga practice, by eating the right foods you will fuel your body in the right way and achieve better results for your body and mind, because you only get out what you put in!
You are what you eat..
What we eat not only effects our physical well being, but our thoughts and emotions. Yoga does not dissect food into proteins, carbohydrates and fats but classifies into three types according to the effect they have on the body and mind, these are called Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
- Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes us lethargic or sluggish e.g. sugary food and those with excessive fat.
- Rajasic food is the type of food that provokes a reaction or activity or from the body e.g. spicy food and coffee.
- Sattvic food makes you feel light, energetic and enthusiastic e.g. fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts and grains.
A yogic diet ideally follows a Sattvic diet – a balance of fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds combined with raw and cooked foods.
These foods are light and simple and supply us with all the necessary nutrients.
They increase our physical and mental vitality making it easier to have clarity and lightness, by eating these types of foods we can change our body chemistry and help our digestive system.
These foods take minimum energy to digest, so the remaining energy can be used more productively (like kicking that extra bit higher in your standing or floor bow).
The digestive system: Your Well-being Power Station
The digestive system is one of the most important systems in our bodies and links all the other major systems together. A poor digestive system is primarily the root to many health conditions and can even effect our emotions.
An awareness of the digestive processes and the choices we make in eating can help to achieve both physical and mental balance both inside and outside the yoga room and more importantly bringing peace and well being wherever we are.
Food & Drink before Hot Yoga
Regular practice of yoga naturally changes our habits and cravings, but particularly on days where you are coming to practice hot yoga at Bonfire always avoid foods that will feel uncomfortable in your tummy when twisting and sucking in your stomach. It’s best not to have eaten a meal for two to three hours before a class.
AVOID heavy or processed foods.
If your body and mind are dull because all your energy is being used up digesting heavy or processed foods, it will be hard to achieve the clarity and balance you are aiming for.
EAT healthy, unprocessed foods on days when you practice – it will make a huge difference!