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B.Okay.S. Iyengar-trained yoga instructor and Purna Yoga co-founder Aadil Palkhivala, who leads YJ’s upcoming Master Class on-line course, says the food you’ve eaten inside 12–24 hours of training yoga determines how your physique goes to reply to your follow.
“The practice of asana cannot substitute a bad diet,” he says, including that the yogic precept of ahimsa (non-harming) applies to nutrition, too. “It is violence to your body that causes you fatigue and depletes your body’s energy and life force.”
Good nutrition has two elements, Palkhivala explains—one is what you eat, and the different is what you keep away from. “We have contaminated our Earth so nefariously, so sadly, so deeply, that it’s really difficult to find good foods. There is no question that we have to eliminate caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, refined sugar, artificial chemicals, and GMO foods. Anything once in a while is fine; yoga is about moderation, but know that you’re making a choice. As one of my friends who is a leading expert on nutrition says, one teaspoon of refined sugar after a meal annuls all the benefits of the meal.”
Foods Yogis Should Eat
So, what SHOULD you eat to improve your follow? Your dosha, or Ayurvedic structure, might assist inform your food regimen, Palkhivala says. “Start to pay attention to your physique and eat accordingly. Svadhyaya, or self-knowledge, additionally applies to nutrition—understanding your self, understanding your physique. Very typically Ayurvedic charts are improper. Remember what issues is how you are feeling after you’ve got eaten. If you are feeling such as you want a nap, it means your food is taking power from you, as an alternative of supplying you with power. Notice in case your thoughts is obvious or foggy—that tells you whether or not your nervous system is confused. If your heartbeat rises, that would imply you are allergic to your food.”
Generally talking, in case your structure is vata, eat grounding meals, like root veggies, Palkhivala recommends. If your structure is pitta, eat extra cooling, soothing meals, like salads and cheese. If your structure is kapha, eat extra heating meals, like soups, extra spices, and extra chillies, he suggests. (Don’t know your dosha? Take our quiz.)
Foods Yogis Should Avoid
Palkhivala believes Americans ought to avoid “toxic” wheat, noting that natural Einkorn wheat is a healthy various and can be utilized to make all your wheat merchandise. Millet, quinoa, amaranth, and any of the different grains are additionally good decisions, he provides. As for dairy, it ought to be natural and come from cows which might be nurtured and cared for, he says.
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