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marcia

Nutrition And Health

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I think no one has posted about this topic and I have some doubts about how should I eat and stay healthy when practicing Yoga everyday.

 

I already checked the Blog section about recipes (http://yogabycandace.com/recipes/) and I agree that the right diet is the one that works for each body, always trying to use fresh ingredients and no processed food. Still, I would like to know your opinion about:

  1. The basic nutrition habits that help Yoga performance.
  2. Is Ayurveda esencial or important for those who practice Yoga?

I thank you in advance for sharing.

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Welcome to the board!

 

I actually haven't attended any classes in which the teacher pushed Ayurveda. I guess I hear general advice at the end to "eat something green" at the end of class, but that's it. I read some of the concepts - it seems similar to yin yang theory in Chinese medicine - e.g. eat the opposite of what your body has too much of, but more complex.

 

A similar discussion, but not quite as health focused, was about vegetarianism:

 

Regarding "performance", I would make sure to get enough protein to build up muscle or you might feel too weak after practice.

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Hello! I think that Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley really delves into the interplay between the two topics. The "yogic diet" as described in his book is not intended for optimum physical health, however. I think I'd feel light headed and irritable if I followed it! The Ayurvedic diet is more forgiving, and tends to emphasize cooked foods that aren't tamasic (or heavy and dulling - not necessarily by Western standards). It's a good read, even if you don't follow the suggestions.

 

As you may have already discovered, there is a very heated debate over the concept of ahimsa and whether vegetarianism is a requirement for yoga. The yoga sutras do not explicitly require a vegetarian diet, although many of the recent great gurus and other yogis insist on it. There is no consensus or living (or recently deceased) overruling authority on the topic.

 

I found it helpful to determine my dosha and to approach it from an Ayurvedic standpoint while also recognizing that my body doesn't tolerate certain foods. There are a lot of online resources for this.

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