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Tips on Eating Before Doing Yoga

Ideally, yoga should be practiced on empty stomach. But as time might permit you to practice it in different circumstances, such as after work, between classes, before you pick up your kids or after your evening meals, you cannot be expected to remain always hungry. This article offers you a few guidelines on food consumption prior to yoga sessions.

• Time your meals right. If you are taking a light meal before your yoga session, try to time it at least 2 hours prior to the start. This gives your digestive system sufficient time to digest so that you do not feel uneasy during the session. In case you cannot resist a heavy meal, maintain a time span of 3 to 4 hours.

• Include more fruits and vegetables into your diet. These get digested easily and leave you with a clear stomach in about an hour’s time.

• Avoid heavy food items. You should never take meats, fried foods, processed grains or pasta before your yoga sessions. These do not get digested easily, and can even make you feel lethargic after the meal.

• Avoid spicy food items. Spicy food can cause heartburns while doing yoga poses as yoga stirs not just the outer parts, but also the inner parts of the body. Moreover, you might belch a lot if you are loaded with spicy food.

• Try yogurt. If you need to eat something before a yoga session, take a light preparation of yogurt around 30 minutes before the start. There is sufficient evidence that yogurt helps in proper digestion and also strengthening the heart. But stay away from the sweet kind as it may not be very useful.

If you follow the abovementioned tips meticulously, you can do your yoga session comfortably without worrying about hunger or any stomach problems. However, you should remember that no two people can be same, neither can be their diet. Therefore, it may take some time for you to make out exactly what you should eat (and even when you should eat) prior to your session.


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