Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.
– Bhagavad Gita
The technicality of yoga, as a practice and as a lifestyle, suggests it to facilitate in the growth of the self towards the development of love, awareness and most especially, peace. To state, it seeks for holistic transformation – as far as acceptance of the self is concern.
Nowadays, many have traded an hour of their daily lives to the mat and towel duo that inspires them to perspire and go beyond the usual. True, flexing and opening the self is not easy – it takes more than justwill power to give it a go and stretch. It is a discipline that teaches the self the art of control. With yoga,you enhance what you have; you do not gain what you don’t have.
As we celebrate #TheRoyalChef’s 3rd Birthday, let’s go beyond the mat and go for a delicious yoga session with foods that will help you enhance your practice. Personal THANK YOU to my YOGADAVAO family –dynamic husband and wife yogis, Richard and MM Lo – for the never ending patience whenever I am on my mat. Namaste.
Now, let’s talk food. To wit, there is no one specific diet for yoga. However, there are suggested foods toavoid and to load up on. Many believe that we are essentially herbivores thus loading up on fruits thatare naturally sweet and vegetables that are nourishing and easily digested would make a good start.Also, munch up on nuts, oats, grains and beans and avoid yearning for a bag of processed chips.
Carbonated drink lover? Swap your bottles with herbal teas with lemon and organic honey. It not onlyhelps you relax but makes you sweaty too. Try saying goodbye to fried and microwaved foods. Also,refrain from too much alcohol intake and tobacco and cigarettes. Catching your breath during a session will only slow your progress.
Personally, I am in a love and hate relationship with disciplining myself to eat properly and healthy. For this another chapter, I intend to practice what I preach – fingers crossed.
Here’s a simple low cholesterol, low sodium recipe perfect for a munch before you connect with your mat. Best served with tortilla chips.
Ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
½ c fresh cilantro
¼ c limes, juiced
½ c tomatoes, seeded and chopped
freshly ground black pepper
In a bowl, add all your ingredients and mix well. Mash your avocados but leavesome chunks as well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.