Why People Do Yoga
- Yoga improves flexibility, balance, health, physical fitness and provides stress relief.
- Yoga can change spirituality and/or self-actualization (sense of fulfilling ones’ potential).
- Yoga teaches one the art self-relaxation, as well as the practice of kindness and self-compassion providing continued growth and self-awareness.
- Yoga can reduce your risk of heart attack by decreasing your cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- Weight loss of up to 5lbs can happen within 1-2 weeks depending on the individual.
- Yoga improve health problems like pain, obesity, chronic fatigue, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome, ETC.
- Yoga increases dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins which enhance ones’ mood.
Food Yogis Eat While Doing Yoga
- Fruits of all types especially those that are naturally sweet.
- All vegetables except onions and garlic.
- Whole grains especially oats, wheat, and rice.
- Beans and tofu.
- Plant based oils, like sesame, sunflower, and olive oil, coconut oil or unpasteurized butter.
- Nuts like almonds, walnuts, macadamia, and seeds not salted or overly roasted.
- Natural raw sugar, maple, molasses.
- Herbal teas, water with lemon or lime.
- Sweet spices like cinnamon, mint, basil, turmeric, ginger, cumin, fennel.
- Choose foods that are light and easily digested.
- Eat a majority of your food lightly cook or raw.
- Stop eating when you feel satisfied but not stuffed.
- Fresh leafy greens, spinach, kale, watercress, and chard.
- Fresh vegetables like zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, and green beans.
- Fresh fruit like berries, apples, citrus, and melon.
- Vegan protein: tofu, tempeh, and seitan.
- Vegetarian fats: coconut oil, avocado, and flaxseed oil.
Foods to avoid or reduce inflammation
- Animal fats like meat and fish of all types, eggs.
- Processed and or artificial foods, junk food, artificial sweeteners, soda.
- Fried foods, canned foods, except naturally canned tomatoes and fruit.
- White flour, white sugar.
- Garlic, onions, spicy foods.
- Stale or overly cooked foods.
- Alcohol, tobacco, stimulations.
- Foods that’s are genetically engineered, microwaved foods.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
- Improves respiration, energy, and vitality.
- Maintain a balanced metabolism.
- Weight reduction.
- Circulatory health.
- Improves athletic performance.
- Protection from injury.
- Increases muscle tone and strength.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
- Improved stress management.
- Mental clarity, and calmness.
- Increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers ones’ attention, and sharpens concentration.
Negative things about Yoga
- Beginners can suffer from server neck and back pain.
- Some people feel discomfort and pain through the class.
- Injuries such as; neck, back, knee, shoulder, torn muscles, herniated disks, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Yoga Injuries are very common.
- Exhaustion and heat exhaustion from hot or power yoga classes may be strip your body of electrolytes, sodium, and other nutrients.
Supplements Yogis use
- Probiotics because it promotes good bacteria and yeast in the gut to improve your digestion and overall health. They are found in fermented and cultured foods like yogurt, Kefir (fermented dairy drink), sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha tea.
- B12 because it is a crucial vitamin for energy metabolism, it can be found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. For vegetarians and vegans, it is very important to supplement B12 to replenish that which you would receive from animal products. B12 also supports red blood cells, nervous system, helps you keep calm, focused, and energized.
- Essential oil mist.
- Hyaluronic Acid which is found in joint tissue, helps keep moisture in your joints and cartilage building their resilience, elasticity, and strength. It protects your joints and skin at the same time promoting long-lasting heath.
- Multivitamins because it is the easiest way to make sure that you’re receiving enough essential nutrients and supporting your body in all its endeavors.
- Biotin which is water soluble (meaning the body doesn’t store it) helps enzymes metabolize fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugars, and amino acids. It converts sugar into energy and your metabolism strengthening your hair and nails.
- Melatonin because it is a hormone secreted by the body that regulates sleep patterns. You can find It in foods like cherries, tart, grapes, and walnuts. Taking a small dose before bed helps you fall asleep, sleep well and sleep longer.
- Turmeric which contains the active compound cumin that acts as an antioxidant and reduces inflammation throughout your body, relieves soreness, swollen, or achy joints.
- Coenzyme Q10 is a natural antioxidant created in the body. It can be found in many whole foods including spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower. CO Q10 strengthens our ability to generate energy in our cells for a healthy heart and limber muscles.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are two types of Omega-3 fatty acids which are found in certain fish. Vegans and vegetarians can take supplements made from marine algae. ALA is another form or Omega-3 fatty acids which are found in nuts and seeds. This helps by helping have a healthy heart, regulated blood sugar, lipid levels, lower stress, and glowing skin.