Yoga is a physical activity that has grown in popularity in recent years. And for good reason, its benefits are numerous and recognized.
But there are darker parts of this sport, aspects that some practitioners are careful not to hear about, we are talking about doping.
And yes, doping to do yoga is a reality! You thought that Murielle, your carpet neighbor, had simply developed a gift for yoga, well no!
Everyone knows that she takes essential oils on the sly, in the locker room, just before entering the room...
Doping in yoga, a well-kept secret
By reading the introduction to this article, you may have said to yourself: “I was sure, why yoga would be spared from doping!”.
More seriously, yoga is not a sport where performance is a priority. But beware, when we talk about performance, it's not about holding the downward dog position longer than Murielle, doped with ravintara and other peppermint...
When practicing yoga, awareness is more important. Feeling which muscle is working while trying to control your breathing is the primary objective of yoga.
In addition, yoga is an activity that allows you to come face to face with yourself . So it's time to go beyond everything in self-benevolence.
There is no adversary to fight except your own barriers that you set for yourself. Ultimately, your self-esteem will increase.
Of course, there is also muscular work that is carried out. Yoga helps to strengthen the muscles but it is done gently , without shock or constraint.
So how can you improve your yoga practice without doping?
You will have understood it, there is no doping in the middle of yoga, finally according to our information.
Now, as with any sporting activity, it is quite possible to put in place certain actions to make your practice even better.
Don't worry, there is no question here of giving you a list of doping products that you will only find in pharmacies.
You'll see that something as simple as paying attention to your lifestyle can make a difference on the mat.
Food should not be neglected
Maintaining perfect nutrition is a challenge for those of us who lead modern, active lives. We can definitely get closer to achieving the proper amounts of protein, vitamins, and minerals through a healthy, whole-food diet.
A tiny nutritional deficiency may not have a noticeable effect on your day-to-day life, but it may show up on your yoga mat as fatigue, weakness, and pain.
Fresh , natural vegetables are a simple and effective tool to enhance, deepen and support your yoga practice. Choosing the right fruits , in the right season , can boost your energy, improve bone and muscle health, improve metabolism, and promote overall health and well-being.
Why would yogis take supplements?
Regular yoga practice and a yogic diet based on plants and whole (unprocessed) foods provide a tremendous boost of health and well-being for body and mind.
Yet a yoga practice requires a high level of energy, stamina, flexibility, and strength, for beginners and advanced yogis alike.
Supplements can help with physical recovery after a tough class, by increasing blood flow to sore muscles and aching joints, for example. If these supplements are natural like homemade ginger juice, great. The best ally of recovery being mineral water.
Possibly other "supplements", such as essential oils can help calm the mind and increase concentration for easier meditation practice. Many books and sites exist on this subject and can provide you with explanations (it was Murielle who told us)
There are three main factors on how best to support your body while adhering to a yogic diet and with the physical demands of yoga poses.
- Improve diet. Many yogis are very health conscious and choose vegan or vegetarian diets. If you are not careful with your food choices, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies. While having a lower amount of one or two vitamins or minerals isn't terribly harmful, it also won't provide you with a strong foundation for optimal health and well-being.
- Increase energy levels. Increasing your physical activity when practicing yoga demands more energy from your body. If your diet is nutrient deficient, you may not have enough energy to fully engage the body, breath, and mind to achieve proper alignment in the poses. You might also feel excessively tired or exhausted after a yoga session.
- Improve muscle health. Yoga can be an easy form of exercise that doesn't strain the muscles, but most public classes are faster and more physically demanding and can affect muscles, ligaments and tendons like a workout. Without proper recovery, your muscles can contract and reduce your flexibility. Feeling muscle soreness from a previous yoga class affects your ability to focus and fully participate in your current yoga practice. Not only that, but you might find it difficult to maintain specific yoga poses due to this discomfort.
In many areas yogis could benefit from a healthy and balanced diet, and thus avoid:
- Daily stress
- Chronic inflammation in the body
- Discomfort and joint pain
- Weak mental and reduced concentration
- Low metabolism
These are just some of the factors that can reduce the quality of your yoga practice and the quality of life itself.
If you're looking to elevate your yoga practice, natural foods can help offset these issues, support your body, and get the most out of your practice.
An Ayurvedic diet is based on the idea that food has the power to balance and heal our body, heart and mind.
The Ayurvedic approach to nutrition encompasses what foods are chosen, how they are prepared, where they are eaten, with whom they are shared and even our intentions when we eat! in short, privilege the natural, it is that there is best for you and your practice!