Are Yoga-ining Weight? How to Eat to Get the Most out of Your Yoga!

Trying to balance your schedule can be a nightmare sometimes, and you don’t always get the time to eat right. Yet, you somehow still find the time to get to that candy store you like, that’s halfway across town. It’s funny how that happens. Little by little you’ll find your way to buying a blood pressure monitor instead.

Still, it happens to the best of us. But, if your diet is out of whack, your yoga will suffer as well! Today, we’ll help you fix that.

7 Great Tips to Fix Your Nutritional Habits

How to Eat to Get the Most out of Your Yoga ?

1. Cut Your Veggies in Advance!

It might not seem like much, but if you cut your veggies before you go to sleep and put them in the fridge, you’ll have them ready the next morning or when you get back home the next day.

You’ll have them ready for eating straight away, you won’t have to spend extra cash to buy them pre-cut, and you won’t skip eating them just because the preparation process is a hassle! No more excuses!

2. Make a Meal Plan

You don’t have to be an accountant and make elaborate spreadsheets – just a quick list of the meals you intend to eat will do! You can keep it in your mind, but it’s best if you write it down somewhere where you’ll see it and remind yourself to eat well!

3. Always Keep a Stash of Protein

Like a squirrel hiding nuts, you should always hide some extra protein in your freezer! If you ever see some good meat on sale – snap it up and stash it away! You’ll still have enough that way.

4. Vary up Your Meals

If you only eat canned tuna with rice, you’ll soon want to vomit from even mentioning them in the same sentence! Make different combinations of foods, try to vary it up at all times and search for new recipes! Don’t let yourself become stale and starting hating the food that’s good for you!

5. Never Skip Breakfast

Once you wake up, you shouldn’t wait more than 45 minutes before eating something. The best way to avoid skipping breakfast or eating it too late is to always have a meal ready. It can be something you prepared last night or just leftovers; it doesn’t matter. Your fridge should never be empty and being in a hurry is no excuse to skip breakfast.

6. Snack Responsibly!

You shouldn’t skip snacks, but you also shouldn’t turn to junk food! Always keep something at the ready or carry it with you! It could be trail mix, good dark chocolate, some protein shakes, cans of tuna, bags of veggies – whatever it is you like. Find time for a quick snack – especially after a workout – and your body will be better for it!

7. Cheat Responsibly!

The best way to stick to your plan and don’t go overboard with treats is this – put them into your plan! Make sure to plan your cheats and treats beforehand and always have only as much as you intended. That way, you’ll still be able to have your sweet indulgence and stick to the plan! You won’t need vein finders for injecting insulin.

Here’s to Health!

If you keep to some of these habits and incorporate them into your daily routine, you’ll see a definite improvement! Both in your health and in yoga! You won’t get gifts like a pulse oximeter any time soon!  If you do start eating responsibly and still have trouble keeping up with your yoga, your body might be out of balance in other ways. Find out what it is and invest in fixing it with things like massagers or shoes for flat feet and you’ll be golden!

Hypertension? Make it into No Tension – With Yoga!

Hypertension or high blood pressure is often called ‘the silent killer’ which is a bit overly dramatic but ultimately true. It affects a great many people, most of which don’t even know they have it and most don’t try to treat it until it’s too late.

However, dealing with your high blood pressure is not all about rejecting good food and looking at your blood pressure monitor every day – it can also be fun! If you eat well and practice good yoga at the same time, keeping your blood pressure down can be a real joy!

How Yoga Can Help With Your Blood Pressure

If you’ve never practiced yoga before – don’t worry, you’ll get some help from us!

Yoga is a discipline that is used not only to make your body healthy but also to keep your mind focused and relaxed. If you think it’s all about stretches and posing…well, you’re not far off, but it’s not just about that.

With that in mind – here are some yoga poses and exercises you can try to keep your blood pressure down, and you don’t even have to get up to do them!

The Bridge Pose

You’ve probably done a pose like this in gym class a few times – and hated it! But now that no one’s making you do it, it should be a lot more fun!

  • Start from the Bound Angle Pose, release your feet, place them flat on your floor and bend your knees while you lie back on your mat. Keep your legs parallel and hip-width while your arms stay alongside your body.
  • Inhale and rock your pelvis while your stomach pulls in, and your lower back gets down on the floor. Keep the motion going and life your hips while pressing your feet against the floor. Try not to push your arms into the ground if you don’t have to and keep your shoulder blades on the floor.
  • Hold the pose for several breaths while keeping your hips in a line diagonal from your chest and no higher. Don’t arch your lower back to avoid tension.
  • While exhaling roll your spine, one vertebra at a time, back to the ground. Keep your spine neutral while preparing for the next bridge.
  • Perform the exercise 10 times with slow even breaths

In case you’re having trouble with this pose, you might have some feet problem in your day-to-day life. Try finding shoes that fit your feet, like shoes for flat feet.

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

This is a pose that can also help with your digestion and more! You can do it as a direct continuation of the previous exercise.

  • From the bridge sit up, stretch out your right leg and pull your left foot between your right leg and your groin.
  • Sit up straight as you exhale and put your left hand between the right leg and groin area. Turn your torso a bit, so your bellybutton lines up with your right thigh.
  • While exhaling, bend down forward with your elbows bending out to the side while you reach for your shin or your foot. Don’t pull yourself and keep your neck and spine long.
  • Once you reach a comfortable stretch, keep the pose for a moment then inhale to feel your spine lengthen and deepen the stretch when you start to exhale.
  • Hold it for three even breaths before gently sitting upwards and repeating everything with the other leg.

When you’re finished with these exercises, you’ll be hot, but you won’t need a thermometer. Just chill out for a bit, and you’ll be cool.

What More to Say?

With these yoga poses you should be able to keep a handle on your blood pressure and stay healthy.

If you wanted to give someone with hypertension a vein finder or a pulse oximeter for their birthday or an upcoming holiday – consider giving them a yoga book instead. It could be a real help that will also keep them fit and help them find joy in their lives! Namaste!