It’s 11:45 AM and you’re at the home stretch of your Bikram yoga session. As you’re exhaling during your final downward dog you begin to lose focus. You start contemplating if you should push through the final pose or reach for last night’s empanadas…and that last slice of vegan cheesecake. You’re sluggishly hanging on the mat and asking yourself, “Why do I do this to myself?”. We’veall been here fam. Good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can transform your yoga experience by simply changing what you eat. Here are 3 nutrition hacks that'll up your yoga game:
1. Quit snacking.
Did you know the digestive cycle takes 6-8 hours? And it’s not like a conveyor belt, either. Snacking too often can make you feel sluggish and even distract you. Practicing mindful eating can easily impact how you feel and perform during Yoga. Try eating light foods that give you energy and boost your performance. Put away your oily chips before class and try having some fruit or nuts instead.
2. Spice it up.
Incorporating the right spices into your diet can help revamp your yoga experience. Yoga is a practice that can test you physically. You are working muscles and building strength which can cause tension and inflammation. Adding spices like ginger, cayenne, or cinnamon to your meals can help reduce muscle pain and inflammation. This can set you up for better recovery and performance.
3. Drink #allthewater
OK, we know this is the most overplayed nutritional tip of all time — but there’s a reason for that. Water is good for you! When you are testing yourself, you need to make sure you’re preparing your body accordingly and hydrated joints are happier joints.
When it comes to water and yoga it’s also important to knowwhen to drink water. Practicing yoga on a full bladder is a no-go so make sure you ’re having no more than a glass of water half-an-hour before class. However, between intervals and after class you can get back to sippin’.
Go on and take on your next class! You’ll feel the difference.
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