Yoga exercise is a type of purification and cleansing process. When you practice yoga on a regular basis, you are cleansing your body of harmful toxins and poisons that enter your body via the foods you consume and other external sources. Therefore, if you are serious about your yoga practice, it is very important to be mindful about the foods you eat. There is a common saying in the West, it’s called “Garbage in is garbage out”. This is true when it comes to what you eat. If you eat bad foods, you are polluting your body with unhealthy levels of toxins and excess calories. You’ll probably even feel like you threw away all of your good intended efforts. Yogis want other yogis to be happy and healthy. Sometimes the brutal truth is the first step to instilling good eating habits in order to get that Yoga body that you want. The second step is to go into class with the intention of cleaning your body of wastes so that you can fill your body with nutritiously balanced foods and snacks. Visualize the positive results of doing this. Not only will you look and feel better you will also increase the productivity of your digestive and internal systems. Tell yourself this over and over again. In yoga, it is believed that what you think about-your conscious and subconscious thoughts-are directly correlated with your well-being and the decisions you make. The third part of getting a Yoga body is to increase your awareness about the common foods you eat by understanding how they affect your system. By educating ourselves, we can make better choices about the type of foods we consume. Fruits and Greens Fruits and veggies provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to your body. Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, pears, plums, apricots, oranges, and grapes are known for their prana (energy) producing properties. Dark green leafy vegetables such as Swiss Chard, Kale, and Spinach are known for their nutrient rich densities. Fruits and veggies are also natural sources of fiber which helps with digestion and regularity. Choose organic and pesticide free foods so that you reduce the amount of toxins you consume. All of this contributes to a more productive cleansing process. Raw Eating uncooked foods has become increasingly popular among yogi’s due to a number of healthy benefits. From green smoothies to succulent chocolate desserts, the supply of creative raw recipes is endless. The process of cooking is known to diminish the nutritional value of foods. Therefore, pure raw food provides the maximum source of nutrients that nature can offer. However, eating raw is not necessarily the safest way to eat if prepared irresponsibly. For example, fresh fruits and veggies are generally easier and less risky to eat than meat. Uncooked meat may contain harmful levels of food contaminants and bacteria that can induce severe illness and even death. In other words, yogis are to be mindful about their raw food choices. Know where your food comes from, how old it is, whether it is organic or has pesticides, and so on. Consume raw foods only from credible sources. Calcium for Strong Bones An adequate intake of calcium rich foods and drinks is the next part to achieving a yoga body. Calcium is essential for healthy bones, a healthy heart, nervous system, and muscles. Skim milk, soy milk, and almond milk are good sources of calcium. Cheese and yogurt are examples of solid foods with calcium. Your exact calcium requirements depend on your age and gender. Carbohydrates Many people think carbohydrates are our enemies but this is only true when you consume the wrong kinds or excess quantities of them. Carbohydrates generate energy for your body. The right kind of carbs not only burn more efficiently but they provide you with sustained cardiovascular energy levels for maximizing your yoga workout. There are good kinds of carbohydrates and bad kinds. The good kinds are called complex carbohydrates and the bad ones are called simple. Many of us have trained our bodies to crave the simple ones, but even though they are named that way, we all know that they are not that easy to avoid. If you relate to this problem, consider this craving control method. Foods made with excess sugar and white flour are examples of simple carbs which do not burn as efficiently as the good kinds. Instead, in order to get the most out of your yoga exercise, try replacing simple carbohydrates with complex ones. For instance, Agave raw nectar or Honey as sweetener. Eventually, your simple sugar cravings will subside. Other good carbs include foods that are rich in fiber and vitamins such as vegetables, fruits, carrots, whole grains, squash, yams, and the like. There are many satiating recipes that include these ingredients. By being aware of the different kinds of carbohydrates, you are able to make better eating decisions. But, during this transition, make sure that you also practice compassion for yourself. Understand that just like yoga, changing your eating habits is a gradual process. Take control over your eating habits, don’t let them control you. If you find yourself struggling with this part, consider some proven methods such as: Eat Right Now And Lose Weight , Look Good Naked,and The Weight Loss Formula. Protein and Fats Fish is the recommended source of protein for non-vegetarians. Unlike animal proteins, fish from oceans, rivers, or lakes, provide the “good” kind of fats known as Omega 3 amino acids. These nutrients help regulate a number of internal functions including cholesterol levels, kidney health, and blood circulation. They are also known to assist with the prevention of cardiovascular disease. If you’re striving to reduce your meat consumption, then consider eating tofu, nuts, and beans as replacements. There are many delicious recipes that use these ingredients. You can also substitute meat recipes with these non-meat alternatives. If you do eat animal or poultry proteins on a regular basis, consider gradually reducing or moderating your consumption levels if possible. Practice wise reasonableness if your intent is to eliminate these foods from your diet. Be mindful of the fact that your body needs a source of protein for optimum health and nutritional balance. If the other alternatives are not readily available then it may not make sense to eliminate them from your diet entirely. Your intent is to provide your body with a well-balanced diet which includes a source of protein. Conclusion The effects of eating a well-balanced nutritious diet in combination with your yoga practice will guarantee you favorable results. Choose your foods wisely and consume them in moderation. Follow this formula and you will get the yoga body you deserve.