“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tzu
We were all new to yoga at one time. Yoga is an on-going practice for body and mind – there is no perfecting a pose and you never get to the point where you’ve “mastered” your practice. The fact that you are here now considering a yoga practice at Indigo is the first step to taking that journey. We are here to guide you with knowledge and assistance but it is still your journey to be taken at your pace. Everyone’s practice is different because our bodies are all different. This means comparing yourself to your neighbor on the mat is a fruitless measure of success. From shoulder injuries to lower back pain or tight hamstrings, we all experience poses in different ways. Just relax and let the experience happen. You will not regret it.
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Nutrition, your food choices, sets the tone for all you do. Food not only provides energy by way of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals but it communicates to your genes instructions about your health. Good food means good health. Bad food choices send messages for disease.
As far as nutrition for yoga specifically, we recommend a healthy diet consisting of mostly (not all) fruits and vegetables simply because they are hydrating. The most important thing you can do for a successful, heated yoga practice is to stay hydrated. This means drinking water, true – but it also means avoiding dehydrating substances like coffee, tea and soda. Especially right before you practice!
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water: the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger trouble concentrating, fatigue, constipation, depression and aggravation.
8. Drinking 8 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
How to get hydrated…and stay that way:
1. Start each day with a glass of water (no ice). Make it even more beneficial by heating it up and adding 1 TBS of fresh lemon juice.
2. Eat two servings of fruits and vegetables at every meal. They are chock full of water and include the minerals that help your body absorb and use it properly. Keep in mind that eating processed foods (including sugars, flours, salty snacks and processed meats) can result in dehydration.
3. Establish regular water breaks. Don’t wait until you are thirsty – remind yourself to drink to stay hydrated.
4. Substitute sparkling water and low-sodium vegetable juice for soda and fruit juice. The sugar in regular soda and fruit juice, as well as the chemicals in diet versions, can trigger a host of unwanted reactions in the body, including blood-sugar spikes.
5. Cook with high-quality sea salt. A good, unrefined sea salt is rich in trace minerals, which are key to cell health and hydration. Bonus: Sea salt is also lower in sodium than table salt.