Yoga and Food
Have you heard of a book by this title yet? If not, surely one is in production (no, I’m not writing it;)
Of all the things that can be said on this topic — and there are SO MANY things to say on it — the yoga practitioner understands her body (on most days and times) well enough such that she knows how and when to nourish herself. In other words: a yoga practitioner knows WHAT and WHEN to eat.
Often times new students will ask me as the teacher what to eat and when to eat it. I know that, with experience, the student will learn his or her body better than I could ever know. However, as a baseline, I usually recommend not to have had a large meal within two hours of coming to class. And I ALWAYS suggest before coming to a morning vigorous class to have had a little something: some fruit juice or smoothie, a banana — something light.
As for coffee, I’ve heard that … well I don’t want to get into that right now: that’s political!
My understanding of many styles of yoga and meditation is that they can be practiced on an empty stomach. The idea here is to wake up, practice yoga and meditation and then to eat.
What have you learned about your yoga practice and HOW, WHEN and WHAT to eat?
P.S. Why is food so much like sports? Everything is TRIPLE and DOUBLE!
Photos by Dan Schwartzman