When to eat
Have you ever rushed around after eating a heavy meal? If so, you will know how uncomfortable doing so can be. Thus, you never want to carry out a yoga session soon after eating.
Exactly how long you should wait before beginning your practice depends upon several factors. Your personal digestive system and the speed with which it operates is important. At the same time, the type of yoga you plan to practice, and how much food, and the type of food, you are going to eat needs to be considered.
If you practice a form of yoga in which a great deal of energy is used, you might want to wait up to two or three hours after a full meal before starting. If your yoga practice is light and involves more meditation than it does physical exercise, perhaps you could start your practice slightly earlier.
Nonetheless, when you feel heavy after eating it is difficult to focus, so meditating is not easy. Both yoga and meditation are best carried out on an empty stomach.
Some people have a fast metabolism, whereas others take longer to digest a full meal. Consider your personal digestive system when you schedule yoga sessions.
When you eat a light meal such as a small salad, you can probably practice yoga within about twenty minutes.
Type of foods to eat
As you become more proficient at yoga, you will discover that you automatically want to eat healthy food. Your body/mind connection is strengthened when you start to become more aware of how you feel. As a result, you can taste food more easily, and junk food really does taste like junk to you.
Your intuition will guide you by making you attracted to healthy foods like brown rice, quinoa, leafy green vegetables, oily fish, olive oil, garlic, parsley and healthy spices.
You will also find that eating berries, almonds, and food such as pineapple suits your needs. You will want to avoid foods that make you feel heavy and clog your system, making the function of digestion slow.
The healthier you become via yoga, the more healthy food you will want to eat to support your practice and newfound self-awareness.