We all know that the benefits of yoga are endless. Many practice yoga for exercise, stress reduction, general health and community.
But yoga isn't meant to exist only on the mat. One of the biggest benefits of yoga is that you can apply the things you learn, and the strength you build, to all aspects of your life. This certainly applies to eating habits.
Here are some ways to bring yoga to your plate.
One of the easiest ways to bring yoga to your plate is breathing. I suggest taking a deep breath before you even choose your meal! You would be surprised at how it will change your choices. Have you ever had been stared down by a cookie in a pastry case? It can feel like you'll be missing out all week and unhappy if you leave that cookie behind. Try taking three deep yoga breaths (ujayi) before you choose. It will also help your digestion if your nervous system is calmed before eating.
Often, at the beginning of class, the teacher will either set an intention or ask you to silently set one for yourself. I believe this practice is crucial to the diet. Before you cook or choose your dinner, silently set an intention for your meal. Most people shut off all conscious thought before eating. Simply turning the brain on makes a huge difference.
The subconscious intention might be: