Fuel for your Yoga Workout
Fuel for your Yoga Workout
Many of you (on your exploration of Yoga), have come across Ayurveda (or vice versa)— and the two are very inter-connected. Yoga is the Vedic System for spiritual practice or Sadhana. All Vedic Sadhana or spiritual practice involves some sort of Yoga (BanyanBotanicals, 2016).
Ayurveda is the Vedic Healing System that encompasses mind, body, and spirit—and spiritual practice always involves some sort of Yoga. You see how they are connected?
If you are using Yoga for healing, then it should definitely follow Ayurvedic guidelines of diagnosis, treatment, and health maintenance. Yoga in essence, is the exercise portion of Ayurveda, either for healing or spiritual practice (BanyanBotanicals, 2016).
During the holiday season, we often put our diet and fitness goals on hold so that we can enjoy the season without guilt. But it is precisely during this time that we should be more conscious of our diet and fitness regimens to prevent overindulging and weight gain.
If you opt to skip the gym for now, perhaps a simple Yoga session might do you some good. It does not have to be strenuous, and can be even more meditative and spiritual. Yoga has been shown to have positive effects on your health and well-being including stress reduction, increased self confidence, increased strength and flexibility, increased discipline, and personal satisfaction and fulfillment (Seelig-Brown, 2016).
If you choose to attend a Yoga session or class, it is important to fuel your body properly before the session. Following are a few healthy options you can use to “Fuel your Yoga practice.”
Remember to fuel up at least 1 hour before your Yoga session (to avoid bloating and feeling heavy during the session), and to follow up with a post class snack or meal that is protein rich, which will help to alleviate soreness and help repair muscles (Seelig-Brown, 2016).
•Melons- Great for hydration, and when cut up, easy to take on the go
•Bananas- High in potassium and can help prevent cramping
•Oatmeal & Yogurt- Are perfect together, and Greek yogurt has added protein
•Veggie Sticks & Hummus- Healthy and Flavorful
•Apples or Rice Cakes- With nut butter or a handful of nuts is an excellent snack
•Avocados- Contain antioxidants and healthy fats. Paired with whole wheat bread of other veggies can provide hours of energy
Banyan Botanicals. (2016). Yoga and Ayurveda, A Complete System of Well-Being. Retrieved from https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/yoga/yoga-and-ayurveda/
Seelig-Brown, B. (2016). Fuel for Your Yoga Practice. Diabetes Forecast, 16(7), pp.42-43.