What you need to know before fasting yoga
Yoga is one of the most practiced disciplines on the planet because of its health and fitness benefits. However, fasting yoga seems to be something that has not yet been practiced by too many people because of the fear they have of doing something without breakfast.
Fasting yoga is perhaps the best way to practice it. When we are fasting and in the morning, it is when we will be most relaxed, because the body is not carrying out any kind of digestion. In this way, the body relaxes more easily and the blood circulates better through the muscles involved in yoga, because the body is not diverting blood to the stomach for digestion.
Tips for fasting yoga
The most essential thing at the moment of practicing yoga on an empty stomach is that you create the habit so that your body and your psyche get used to it little by little. But, if you’re afraid to fast or just don’t know where to start, pay attention to the following tips for fasting yoga every day:
The breakfast myth
All our lives we have heard that breakfast was the most essential food of the day, that we had to eat breakfast to speed up our metabolism, and that we had to eat every 3 hours to lose fat more efficiently. Since well, not long ago, it has been proven that everything is false.
It has been proven that the metabolism does not begin to slow down until thirty-six hours after eating. It has also been proven that each and every meal in the day is equally essential (except perhaps the blog post food training in bodybuilding), and in addition to this, it has been proven that we can go multiple hours without eating, and not only have no inconvenience, but rather even have benefits (intermittent fasting).
This way, stop worrying, that when you do the fasting yoga postures, there won’t be any physical inconvenience, and nothing will happen to you if you don’t eat breakfast.
It’s starting out little by little
Although there is no physical inconvenience, there is a psychological one. As we are not used to fasting sports, we will have a very powerful suggestion, feeling tired and lacking in energy if we start too strong.
Before practicing yoga, try not to have breakfast for several days, so that your psyche gets used to it little by little and you don’t need to eat in the morning. If you dare, you can still fast intermittently for sixteen to twenty-four hours. When you realize you can go all morning without eating, it’s time to start.
When doing yoga in the morning, you should start with short sessions to get used to them, and when you have experience, start with stronger sessions. If you notice that you can’t do it without eating, try to eat something very light and take it out little by little. It is better to eat very little and to do Yoga practically on an empty stomach than not to eat anything and not to be able to fill the exercise.
Performs a correct warm-up
Warming up at all times is essential, but more so when we fast in the morning. Being so long with the body at rest and without wasting energy, the body is going to be cold, so we must warm up well if we want to do exercises like yoga safely.
This way, you should warm up for longer than if you were doing yoga normally. Try to warm up completely, every muscle in your body, and take your time until you feel fully activated.
By the way, I specify that this should not only be done with yoga, but rather with each and every one of the fasting exercises. If, for example, you want to do fasting cardio, you should also warm up really well if you don’t want to get hurt.