Yoga and the healthy eating connection; classes in Grass Valley
Grass Valley Yoga
You probably do not always think of yoga associated with nutrition specifically. Yoga is the practice of uniting the body, mind and spirit. In addition to experiencing this unity through the physical practice and the awareness of breath and meditation, it can also be experienced through nutrition.
Anna Yoga or the “yoga diet” aims to improve overall health and happiness. The word “Anna” in ancient Sanskrit means nourishment. It seems obvious that when looking at nourishing ourselves we look to the types of food and the nutritional content they provide. How does Anna Yoga support this?
The Anna Yoga belief system is based on the premise that only whole foods or foods in their most natural form should be consumed.
This diet looks to bring an awareness or mindfulness approach to eating. If we are being more mindful about the foods we eat and switch our focus on eating the ‘right’ foods, the whole body benefits.
It is a sad fact that many more people struggle with their health and food related conditions. The SAD or Standard American Diet is not supporting our whole being. Sometimes making the decision to switch to a healthier diet is the hardest thing of all. So start with the awareness or being mindful about the foods you put in your mouth. Just being present with your food choices is a great choice.
Anna-type foods are light in nature and easy to digest. These foods include whole grains, vegetables, nuts and legumes. When considering the yogi diet it is best to stay away from all processed, fried or stale foods. This is excellent advice for anyone looking to make healthy changes; even cutting out processed foods alone is a great kick-start to a healthier body.
The other support for our bodies from the Anna practice is cleansing. Many people are quite wary of cleanses and often it is simply that there is a lack of understanding and knowledge about the benefits and effects on the body. When taking a cleanse for the first time it is very helpful to receive support. The body can accumulate an amazing amount of toxicity and it is important to be kind to the body when releasing this. Cleansing will help you increase body awareness, rest the digestive system, realign the body and create energy and zest for life.
Grass Valley yoga will offer an Autumn Cleanse Oct. 7-9. A free Q & A day on the cleanse will be 3 p.m. Oct. 2 to answer any questions, to give out instructions and information on the tea. Registration details are at grassvalleyyoga.com.
For other questions, contact Whitney Triplett at 530-830-1913.
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