Yoga is not just physical activity that improves your body and health. It is a way of life that fosters inner and outer change. Yoga teaches you to look at the world consciously and be responsible for every step you take. The effectiveness of your yoga practice is influenced by your willingness to change, your energy level, and even what you eat.
Nutrition plays an important role in yoga. Many people mistakenly think that yoga requires giving up meat and fish. Yoga prescribes dietary choices for the practitioners themselves and does not force them to give up animal products. But, if you want your body to be fully focused on performing the asanas, then you should choose the right foods and eating times.
During yoga, you perform various flexion and twisting movements, and these movements affect the functioning of your gastrointestinal tract. If your stomach is full of food, these movements can cause gas to pass.
Hunger is also not a good option for exercising. You should listen to your body and understand which foods do not make your stomach heavy and allow you to exercise easily without being distracted by your gastrointestinal function.
Please note that the choice of products depends on the time you are exercising. There are some yoga rules you need to follow to make your practice effective and easy.
You shouldn’t eat before yoga.
Eating immediately before class is undesirable. You need to maintain a certain period after eating and doing yoga. The length of this pause depends on the type of food you used. If these are vegetables then you have enough. If you prefer hours, and if it was a fatty and heavy meal, then you may need 3-4 hours for the food to be digested. Even a glass of water just before your yoga class can cause abdominal discomfort.
Eat light meals.
If you do not have the opportunity to have a break of 4 hours, then try to eat a light meal before class. You need the energy to exercise and if you are hungry your body will not be able to work efficiently.
Before class, you can eat some light snacks that will energize you without overloading your stomach.
Fruits, nuts, yogurt, berries, or peanut butter are great options for a pre-yoga snack.
If you do yoga in the early morning, you can have a cup of coffee and then eat one hour after your yoga session. Please note that breakfast should be served no later than 2 hours after waking up. Consider this fact when scheduling your yoga classes.
You should give up fatty and fried foods before yoga. Therefore, hamburgers, fries, eggs, hummus, pates, and meat are best left for another suitable time.
Some yoga beginners use smoothies as a snack before yoga. Despite being a vegetable and light snack, they create abdominal discomfort. Liquid drinks splash your stomachs and you experience discomfort. Therefore, it is better to consume smoothies after yoga.