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How does Nutrition and Yoga Intertwine?

By now, you probably know that I am a Nutritional Therapist and Registered Yoga Instructor. What you probably don’t realize is how nutrition and yoga have a direct connection in improving a persons lifestyle. While nutrition fuels our bodies with essential nutrients, yoga nurtures the mind, body, and spirit through movement, mindfulness, and breath control.

If you come across an experienced yogi at some point, you may hear them talk about a “yogic lifestyle.” A yogic lifestyle is a holistic approach to living that combines ethical principles, physical practice, breath control, meditation, mindful eating, self-reflection, and compassion. It involves integrating the teachings and practices of yoga into daily life to promote overall well-being and spiritual growth. By embodying a yogic lifestyle, individuals learn to live in alignment with their thoughts, and actions. They make choices that support a better version of themselves, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. 

Today, we’ll focus on how yoga and nutrition help create an abundant lifestyle for those who practice. 

At the center of yoga philosophy lies the element of mindfulness, which encourages us to be fully present in the moment. If you’ve worked with me or read other blog posts, you know how I always emphasize the practice of mindful eating. When we become mindful eaters, we develop a deeper connection with the food we consume and help regulate other body systems that contribute to a healthy mind & body. 

Nutritional Therapy and yoga compliment the importance of nourishing the body with quality food that is simple, whole, minimally processed, and nutrient-dense. When we eat well, we move better. When we move often, we feel better. 

That being said, yoga flows and postures work to align the body, improve flexibility, and increase strength. Proper eating habits provide the energy required for a sustainable yoga practice. A well-balanced diet, consisting of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, helps to improve physical health, increase energy, and support muscle growth/recovery. By balancing our meals, we can engage in yoga more effectively and reap its benefits.

Yoga postures and breathing exercises stimulate the digestive system, improving circulation and enhancing the overall digestive process. Yoga twists and forward bends, can support detox pathways and alleviate digestive issues like bloating and constipation. When combined with the nutrient dense diet we previously spoke about, yoga becomes a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy gut, which leads to a healthier well-being.

The mind-body connection that is cultivated through a consistent yoga practice enables us to better understand and manage our emotions. Similarly, certain nutrients found in foods, such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and complex carbohydrates, have been shown to improve mood and reduce stress. Yoga and proper nutrition allows an individual to have better mental clarity and adopt better stress management techniques.

You can see here how all of these small acts are massive forms of self care. Integrating yoga and nutrition into your lifestyle in a mindful manner is sure to make your well-being better than before. 

If you believe improving your eating behaviors and incorporating yoga into your lifestyle can change the way you feel, I have the offer for you. View my yoga classes page for the LSBL Bundle!

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