Just like in yoga, it is said that every body is different and thus the levels of strength and flexibility will differ too. Just as Yoga is a self-practice, food is something that should be self-planned and consumed. There are several myths about the right diet for a yogi. It is important to understand that dietary needs differ from person to person. Given the difference in body structures, the muscle strength may vary from one person to another. One may be not as strong and flexible as others; and with such, meal plans will also vary.
It is important to know that while you decide what type of food is best for you, one should aim to achieve the right balance. Be mindful when selecting the food you will consume. Having the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins, unsaturated fats, calcium and minerals, will help you achieve a ground that will support and nurture your yoga practice.
Below are some common rules that can be considered by Yoga practitioners:
1. Avoid having a full stomach before your yoga practice.
2. Ensure that your bladder is empty just before you begin your practice.
3. Avoid drinking too much water during your yoga practice, unless you feel dizzy.
4. Allow a gap of sixty minutes before you consume your meal after your practice.
Food before and after the yoga practice:
For quick snacks right before practice, consider taking fruits – avocados, bananas, apples, are all recommended; and a fruit smoothie works too! With the nutrients you get from these, you’ll gain the instant boost you need for your practice. Fruits are light on the stomach, so, you won’t feel heavy or bloated during your session.
Once you are done with practice, a quick recovery food could be a serving of fresh vegetable salad or some toast with butter. If you want something on-the-go, a glass of fresh fruit juice will also suffice. Remember, you want to keep yourself hydrated so even consuming water helps.
Eating right for your Doshas:
Ancient Ayurveda and Yoga science speak about eating the right food for your body type. This is an important consideration because each body is a combination of different doshas. To enable our bodies to function in the healthiest way, we should eat the right food suitable for the kind of doshas our bodies possess.
1. Vata Dosha.
This is a body structure that is too dry and lacks luster. It may appear dull and weak after periods of stress. A body type with this dosha will need grounding foods like oils and grains to increase the strength and muscle power of the body.
2. Pitta Dosha.
This body type is prone to acne and damaged skin. It relates to being the most sensitive type of body structure. This body structure thrives well with cooling foods such as salads and sweet fruits. Drinking lots of water is also beneficial for this body type.
3. Kapha Dosha.
This body structure lacks the incentive to perform better. It is a body type that is associated with laziness. A body with this type will benefit from heating and invigorating foods such as cayenne and other hot peppers.
It is good to know that an individual may have one or a combination type of doshas. Thus, selecting the right type of foods and consuming them in moderation will be an ideal diet.
Nutritious and the right balance of food can help one live a better, longer and healthy life. The kind of food we consume is the type of person we become. We should try to think, see and listen to good and positive thoughts while consuming our food as our mental health also has an effect during food consumption.