Elisha Jachetti, Certified Personal Trainer


Diet and exercise go hand in hand when striving for optimal health. They are equally important when it comes to helping you reach your goals. With various fitness regimes, what you eat and how much of it must shift slightly in order to provide sufficient energy to sustain the workout. How does that tie into yoga? Yoga is no different. The various yoga practices all require the body to be fueled in the proper way in order to get the most out of the practice.

There are two basic principles that are shared amongst all branches. The first: hydration. It is incredibly important to drink clean, pure water throughout the day, before class, after class, and even during class if it is strenuous. Not only do you want to avoid dehydration, but drinking water has numerous benefits ranging from aiding digestion to energizing the muscles.  The second: never skip a meal! You must eat normal meals, 3x a day. If you come to class and have not had a bite to eat because you were busy and forgot or you thought missing lunch would help you drop weight, you are putting yourself in a precarious position. Your sugar level could drop low causing you to feel faint and dizzy, which will only be amplified by physical exertion. Moreover, throughout the whole class, rather than focusing on your practice and meditation, your attention will constantly be directed to your rumbling stomach.

 

When the class is more rigorous, you need to eat within 30-60 minutes after the session. How can you tell if the class is rigorous or not? The best way is to check in with your own body and be honest. Did you work hard? Are you sweating? Do the muscles feel exhausted as though they cannot do much more? If you answer yes to all these questions, then you took a rigorous class and following it, you should eat a protein and a carbohydrate, such as an apple with almond butter. If it is more of a gentle yoga class, primarily focused on breathing and stretching, then a snack is not a necessity. You just want to make sure to drink water. Remember that the less processed and more whole foods that you eat throughout the day will make a huge difference with your energy and overall wellbeing.