Do you have to wear clean trainers and a tracksuit while exercising? Do you always have your yoga pants and practice mat set before doing yoga? If the logical answer to these questions is yes, then you should read more about one of the basic rules before doing yoga.
No matter if you are a beginner or have been practicing yoga for some time now and have heard the rule of practicing yoga on an empty stomach, we will elaborate the reasons that lie behind it.
Yoga can be practiced anytime of the day, however it is mostly recommended during sunrise in the morning or sunset in the evening. During these times of the day your mind and body will be most clearly focused and calm for the practice without many unnecessary thoughts and distractions. Food is also a distraction.
Prior to your morning practice you should not consume neither water nor food, but instead let yoga wake your body and let the energy (prana) flow freely. It is also advised first to clean your colon and bladder in order to relax better and not feel any inconveniences during the practice.
Your evening routine should start 3 to 4 hours after a heavy lunch, 1 to 2 hours after a light meal, 45 minutes after having a juice, tea, milk or yoghurt, and 15 minutes after drinking a glass of water. Therefore all the digestion should be done before you start. Your stomach should be emptied.
5 Reasons for doing yoga on an empty stomach
1. If you eat and then practice, the whole process of digestion is stopped and the food is unprocessed turning into Aama (toxic morbid metabolic waste material formed due to improper digestion for many variable reasons) and the subtle channels of energy in your body are clogged.
When you practice yoga the energy shifts its focus to the muscles and automatically breaks down the digestion process.
2. You definitely do not want to feel nauseous, bloated or full of gas, ready to throw up just in the middle of a class, right? Therefore to avoid these issues which might occur every time you do yoga on a full stomach, keep your stomach empty and clean. Also you might consider avoiding eating spicy food or food that takes a lot of time digesting in your prior meal which may cause heartburn.
3. Many poses in yoga require pressure in the stomach and other parts of the digestive system, and if you have food left in your system, it can cause damage of the digestive tissue and other digestive problems, such as diverculosis.
4. If you want to lose weight you should definitely practice yoga on an empty stomach because you will burn the energy from the fat stores, instead of using the one made by all the sugars in your bloodstream. So, it will provide you results on a long term level.
5. And last but not the least I would like you visualize doing yoga pose (sarvangasana), which is a reverse position; your feet go up from the floor, above your head. Your stomach is turned upside down and if it is full all of that tasty lunch you had before goes down your throat.
I am positive that you will never ever eat before practicing yoga again. To have a calm mind, you should calm your body first, and food is interrupting your system.
Clean your body, to clean your mind. Namaste !