To get the most out of your yoga practice, it’s essential that you nourish your body with the right foods. However, there is a lot of confusion surrounding what foods you should eat before practicing your asanas and even whether you should eat at all. While a full stomach won’t allow you to enjoy the flow, neither will a rumbling tummy. Choosing light and wholesome foods will enable you to embrace your yoga class. If you are looking for eateries that cater to Yogi’s check out the Eat & Drink section of the Marketplace. Here are five wholesome foods to eat before your next yoga class.
Eat a Banana Prior to Practising Your Asanas
Bananas are the ideal wholesome food to eat before your next yoga class. Aside from being easy to have on hand, they also fuel your body ready for your flow session. They provide a natural source of energy that stabilises your blood sugar and will keep you going through to the end of class. You will also experience the following benefits:
- Elevated mood which puts you in the right frame of mind before adopting your asanas
- Boost your health as bananas contain a high level of potassium which reduces blood pressure and prevents heart attacks and strokes. The added bonus of potassium is a reduction in muscle cramping
- High in iron, manganese, and fibre which keep your body healthy
If you need something quick and easy to eat before your next yoga class, a banana is a great option.
Enjoy a Wholesome Green Smoothie before Your Next Yoga Class
If you have more time on your hands, you would blitz up a green smoothie. Blend your favourite fruit and vegetables with either almond milk or coconut water to maximise the nutrients your body receives. Even if you are on the go, there are plenty of venues that will cater to your needs. Sydney Yogis can try Rough & Bare for a pre-yoga pick-me-up. While Melbourne residents can check out Green Press. Take a look at the Marketplace for places you can dine before your next yoga class.
Try Overnight Oats to Fuel Your Body for Morning Sessions
For Yogis that head to a morning class, you can prepare overnight oats so that you can fuel your body with wholesome food as soon as you wake. By the time you get to your yoga class you will be ready to find your bliss. Simply combine steel cut oats, coconut yoghurt, chia seeds and your choice of fruit for sweetness and leave in the fridge. All you have to do in the morning is grab a spoon. By preparing your breakfast in advance, you will be organised to attend your class.
Grab a Handful of Nuts before Your Next Yoga Class
Nuts are great to have readily available to give you the right nutrition before you join a flow session. Raw activated almonds contain potassium, vitamin E and magnesium which your body needs to function properly. They will ensure you stay hydrated and enable you to stay strong in your poses. You can portion them in containers or pick them up from the supermarket before your next yoga class.
Choose Watermelon to Re-hydrate Before Your Flow
Fresh fruit such as watermelon can provide you with the energy you need for class. As it is made of mostly water you will also benefit from rehydrating. This will help to prevent feeling light-headed during inversions. Watermelon also digests quickly so that you won’t feel sluggish when practicing your asanas. You can eat a slice or juice the flesh for a refreshing pre-yoga snack.
There are plenty of wholesome foods you can eat before your next yoga class to keep you hydrated, nourished and in great shape. Our five favourites include bananas, green smoothies, overnight oats, nuts and watermelon. Choose light foods that digest quickly and you will be prepared for your yoga session. If you are eating on the run, look up the Eat & Drink Section of the YogiMixer Marketplace.