What to eat before and after yoga sessions?

By TNT Bureau

Mar 5, 2016: Are you one of those who are wondering what to eat before and after yoga sessions? Then, you have definitely made the right click as in this discussion you will learn effective eating tips that will aid in making your yoga session a success.

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Yoga offers you with the application of ahimsa which can be interpreted as non-violence therefore perhaps you may apply that same thought to yourself by nourishing your body with good and healthy foods


Start by planning your breakfast, it will set you up for the day. When you’re short on time in the morning you could prepare something the night before so you’re ready to go.

Simple ideas include a couple of boiled eggs cooked and peeled the night before, or a pot of natural yoghurt with the spoon on the table ready to use.

A liquid breakfast is even faster.Try a smoothie made from natural yoghurt and berries, sweetened with honey if you need to. It takes a minute to make, and if you make double the quantity, you also have a tasty morning snack.

AM/PM snacks
A morning and afternoon snack can be valuable for blood sugar balancing. Many people find that this simple addition to their day helps them to avoid afternoon energy and emotional dips; they make sure to avoid gaps of more than three hours without eating. If your main meals are adequate, then something like an egg cup size of nuts and seeds or a mini tub of houmous and carrot sticks should be enough to keep you going.

Take the time and indecision out of what to have for lunch. Start by choosing a protein source. Many people find that eating some protein for lunch keeps them full throughout the afternoon and that they also make better decisions about afternoon food temptations (if you’re a vegetarian, there are still plenty of choices, such as eggs, dairy, beans, pulses, soya).

The next step is to think about what to add to the meal to get more nutrients. That might be a bag of prepared salad, some leftover vegetables cooked the night before, or maybe you can make a soup that combines both protein and vegetables. By including a variety of foods with bright colours you can get a wider range of nutrients across the week.

Time out
It’s really important to make time to stop and eat because the ‘rest and digest’ part of our nervous system needs us to do that. If you’re still doing things like working on the computer then your body physiologically isn’t getting the opportunity to digest properly. If you’re susceptible to bloating or other digestive niggles then this might be particularly important to you.

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Many yoga classes are in the evening which means you have to decide whether to eat before or after the class. It’s quite common for yoga teachers to advise people to avoid eating for two hours before a class.

However, if you feel hungry or light headed when you arrive at the class or during it, then that might suggest you need more food either closer to the class time, or more protein and food with slower energy releasing carbohydrates like wholemeal rice earlier on. It’s very personal for each individual.

After class
There are no rules about what to eat for which meal during the day. And, after your class, or when it’s close to bedtime, a quick bowl of porridge, a good quality whey, pea or hemp protein drink or scrambled eggs and vegetables might be right for you. Aim for something that you find easy to digest before sleep but avoid refined carbohydrates like white rice, bread or cakes that might have negative effect on blood sugar levels, and might affect sleep or energy the next day.

Credit: Om Yoga and Lifestyle

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