What’s the Connection Between Nutrition and Yoga?

July 8, 2016

What’s the connection between nutrition and yoga? Find out in Kara Lydon’s new e-book Nourish Your Namaste!

Nourish Your Namaste

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I didn’t get into yoga until I was pregnant with my twin girls, but ever since it has been my main form of activity (until I recently took up running and zumba). I’m not so into the meditative part of yoga, rather the movement and the time to myself to turn off from social media and the world for an hour and a half are what keep me going back.

My favorite yoga teacher, Jacqui, is also phenomenal, which helps a lot. She has a theme to every class, which I love because it keeps me focused and I often learn something new about myself and the world around me that I may not have previously thought about.

Seeing as I am dietitian nutritionist, I find it especially interesting when Jacqui connects nutrition and yoga. You may not think there’s a connection, but there is and the easiest place to see it is in the yamas and niyamas, otherwise known as the “yogi commandments.”

For example, the niyama saucha, means cleanliness, which extends to the cleanliness of your diet. I’m not on the “clean eating” bandwagon – if you know me at all you know I love my sweet treats – but there is something to be said for cleaning up your diet after a long weekend of eating and drinking or a week of vacation filled with ice cream and alcohol (I experienced both of these in the past month!). There are many other examples of how yoga and nutrition are connected, many of which you can find in my friend Kara’s new e-book Nourish Your Namaste.

Kara is a fellow registered dietitian nutritionist and food blogger at The Foodie Dietitian. Kara and I met a few years ago at Blog Brulee, and I’ve had the opportunity to get to know her since then. In addition to her role as an RDN, Kara is also a certified yoga teacher, so who better to write a book about the connection between nutrition and yoga?!

Connection Between Nutrition and Yoga

There are so many things I love about Nourish Your Namaste, starting with the name. It’s just perfect, isn’t it? Once you flip past the cover page you’ll find gorgeous pictures of Kara in yoga poses and nutritious and delicious food you will want to eat off the pages. Kara breaks the book into five sections:

  • Nutrition for Yoga 101, which covers the previously mentioned yamas and niyamas, what to eat before and after yoga, plus more.
  • Nutrition and Yoga for Relaxation
  • Nutrition and Yoga for Digestion
  • Nutrition and Yoga for Energy
  • Nutrition and Yoga for Immunity

Each of the “Nutrition and Yoga” sections includes ingredients, recipes, and yoga poses for that topic. There is a wealth of information in this book – even as a dietitian I learned so much. Like the recipes on Kara’s blog, the recipes in Nourish Your Namaste are fabulous. That cover photo is of the Immunity-Boosting Buddha Bowl with Turmeric Tahini Dressing, which is chock-full of nutrient-rich and delicious ingredients, and the Roasted Asparagus with Miso Ginger Kefir Dressing pictured above looks like a perfect way to use up the rest of the season’s asparagus. (For another way to use those spears, check out my Mushroom Asparagus Pesto Frittata I posted yesterday!)

If you’re a yogi or the least bit interested in taking up a yoga practice, I highly recommend getting Nourish Your Namaste. At the very least you’ll learn about the holistic effects of some of the most nutrient-rich foods and get a few delicious recipes while you’re at it!

Are you a yoga enthusiast?

Did you know about the connection between nutrition and yoga?

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  1. Kara’s book looks wonderful! Such a great theme and gorgeous dishes. The only yoga I’ve done to date is with my Beachbody (P90X3 and 21 Day Fix Extreme) workouts, but I always look forward to those days and hope to get more involved with it.

    1. Thanks Sonali. Kara’s book is really interesting and such delicious recipes. Hope you check it out and get to do some more yoga!

  2. I love yoga as a form of activity and to clear my head, but I didn’t know about the yamas and niyamas until I read Kara’s book. Love it!