What to Eat Before and After Yoga

Like any form of exercise, nutrition is important for yoga.  Heidi Kristoffer points out that yoga involves a lot of twisting and detoxing, so it’s important not to have a full stomach before your practice.  After yoga, nutrition involves replenishing your body and setting yourself up for a healthy day.

Before Yoga




Robert Nguyen recommends juice if you need to get something in your body before doing yoga.  Juice is a good option because it’s easy to digest, so you won’t feel heavy during your yoga practice.




Fruit, like a banana, is another of Robert’s suggestions for what to eat before yoga.  Fruit is a good choice because it’s light but contains fiber so you’re not left feeling hungry.




Heidi says she likes nuts before a yoga workout. Nuts are a great option because they contain protein to help keep you feeling satisfied.



Coconut Water

Heidi loves drinking coconut water before yoga.  Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes and potassium  to help ensure you’re hydrated.

After Yoga



Kale Salad

To keep things healthy, Heidi suggests eating a kale salad after yoga.  She likes adding avocado, lemon, nuts, seeds and papaya to her salad.




Soup is a great option for a post-yoga meal because it’s convenient and easy to digest.  Choose a soup that’s high in protein and has lots of vegetables so your body is getting the nutrients it needs.



Protein Shake

If you don’t feel like eating after your yoga practice, try a protein shake.  It’s a great way to get your muscles the protein they need to recover without eating a full meal.



Apple and Nut Butter

For a post-yoga snack, try an apple dipped in nut butter.  The combination of the apple and nut butter contains the carbohydrates and protein your body needs after practicing yoga.

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