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What Is Yoga

The practice of yoga is inherently individual, directly experienced within the solitary confines of the body’s internal landscape. And why you choose to practice yoga is also personal, with as many goals for yoga as there are different personalities and life histories. However, while you approach the sticky mat with your own unique body type, physical geometry, injuries, quirks, and habits. What you are ultimately seeking through the practice of yoga is the universal form.

By working with your own individual patterns within the universal form of the asanas, what you probably hope to discover is a place of balance.

a yoga teacher adjusting a student in a yoga class
A yoga teacher adjusting a student in a yoga class

How Eating Right Helps

Eating can also be considered a practice in which you seek universal balance. Like yoga, eating is a highly personal activity-you learn to adapt your needs to.

Developing a mindful eating practice can provide a ground that truly supports and nurtures your yoga. But in developing this kind of supportive nutritional practice, one of the joys and challenges is understanding that.  There is no easy “one size fits all” solution for finding the right foods.

For better or worse, within the yoga community there are endless (often contradictory) myths, folk tales, and urban legends asserting what foods are “good” or “bad” for a yoga practice.  In our Yoga Teacher Training in Victoria and Vancouver, BC covered the topic, yoga and nutrition as part of Ayurveda study.

Suggestions

Here are 5 suggestions on healthy diet from yoga perspective by yogalifestylecoach’s article.

Eat simple meals:

The more simple your meal, the fewer digestive enzymes your body needs to use. Simple meals are easy to digest. Choose only a few types of food at a time.

Eat as much organic food as possible:

Environmental pollutants like pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers (full of heavy metals), and chemical sprays are the real cause of many chronic degenerative diseases. Not only does eating organic foods reduce your exposure to the harmful chemicals, but buying organic foods also reduces the violence caused by killing the insects and the animals directly exposed to chemically treated crops.

Eat as much locally-grown food as possible:

Locally-grown usually means more fresh, which equals higher vitamin and mineral content. Every day after being picked, fruits and vegetables lose their nutrient content by 20{131173ed06903c8be65f6a81efeb8c2748771fe1459b6ab57276defad424c2c3}! In addition, you’d support the local farmers, and reduce our impact on the environment as the food doesn’t have to be shipped and trucked thousands of miles. There are many local farmers’ markets in Victoria or Vancouver, BC to help supporting your diet.

Balance is always the key, both in your overall personal diet, and in designing each meal. When developing or modifying a recipe to fit your personal tastes, you must take into consideration a number of factors: the balance of ingredients in the dish, your available time to prepare the meal, the season of the year, and how you’re feeling today.

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