Combining Yoga And Nutrition For Energy And Health
Three hundred million people are estimated to practice yoga worldwide, and it’s no wonder, considering the many and varied benefits of regularly participating in it. Could it be that combining careful nutrition with a regular routine of yoga and mindfulness is the key to a happy, energetic and healthy life?
There is a huge amount of information available on the internet that points to a wide variety of diets, cleanses and lifestyle changes that claim to boost your health and change your life, and it can be wildly difficult to discern which claims are genuinely backed by science. The good news is that unless you live with food allergies or intolerances, your diet doesn’t have to be extreme to be healthy. A diet that focuses on balance, and is largely made up of fruits and vegetables, as well as other plant foods, including legumes, nuts and grains, provides the most dense nutrition without unnecessary added ingredients. This doesn’t mean you must be a vegetarian or a vegan. Making sure that half your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables is an easy way to get the most nutrition from your meals. The remainder of every meal should consist of lean proteins such as chicken and fish, and healthy fats including avocado, olive oil and cheese. The benefits of increasing fruit and vegetable intake include reduction in blood pressure, risk of heart disease and possibly even cancer. Not to mention that maximum nutrition means increased energy for daily life and your yoga practice.
Benefits Of Energetic Yoga
The benefits of yoga extend far beyond those of weight loss, strength and flexibility. Yoga is different from other athletic disciplines because it puts just as much emphasis on the mind as it does on the body. Many will be familiar with the fact that state of mind can greatly influence the performance of the body, and vice versa. Both need to be nourished by healthy food in order to achieve the mind-body connection and to get the most out of the yoga practice. The poses and breathing practices of yoga work together with a mindful diet to maximize energy, not only to get you through a yoga class, but to get you through the day.
Bringing Yoga To The Table
We all know by now that the benefits of mindfulness are plentiful, but did you know that mindfulness may also benefit your nutrition and eating habits? Mindless and emotional eating can sometimes be just as detrimental to the body as the quality of food in the diet, as it can lead to overeating and consuming foods that don’t nourish the body. Focusing only on the meal at hand and avoiding all other distractions, noticing the textures, tastes and sensations as you nourish your body, can lead to a much healthier relationship with food and diet. Bringing mindfulness to the table allows you to fully enjoy your food, while also recognizing how certain foods make you feel and when you are content to stop eating. Mindful eating may also help you discover which foods offer you the most energy for various activities.
The combined effects of nutritious food and yoga can bring energy, happiness and health into your life, and help you to maintain it long term. Start bringing yoga to the table, and nutrition to the yoga mat, and watch your life transform.