"If you’re practicing hot yoga, you cannot properly hydrate with just water, especially in the summer."
Have you ever been in the middle of holding your Warrior II and wondered just how well your muscles are fueled at the moment? Most likely not. Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing yoga for as long as you can remember, you have probably noticed that some days your practice is easier than others. As there are many variables, it could be partially due to what you consumed that day.
Muscles provide movement of the skeletal system and are an essential part of your yoga practice. Healthy hydrated muscles will allow for deeper stretching and proper muscle function. Muscles will cramp or spasm when there is a lack of water and electrolytes in the body because when dehydrated, the water and electrolytes that are available, stay with vital organs like the brain and heart. Dehydration is more common than you may think and as a Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist, I see it with my clients and students more often than I would like. I can attest that no one has ever said they enjoyed their calf cramping while laying in Sleeping Pigeon. Unfortunately, the liquids most people consume are not doing the body any favors. Drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which are both diuretics, such as coffee, soda, energy drinks and beer can dehydrate you.
In today’s modern take on yoga, many yoga students are never taught what yoga is truly about. Most are unaware that there is so much more to yoga than the great workout it provides and the fashionable attire we may wear while practicing it. As much as I love a crazy hot pair of yoga pants from Athleta or Lululemon, I’m more focused on what yoga provides internally, in my body, mind and heart. Yoga teaches us to be mindful of others and ourselves and to respect and love the body we have. Less focus should be given to what we wear to yoga class and more about how we are taking care of our bodies before and after to fuel our muscles to make today’s practice better than our last.
One of the codes for living right, in the ancient yoga language of Sanskrit, is Saucha. Saucha teaches us to take care of our body internally and externally, to keep it pure and healthy. Simply, keep your body clean, eat as much unprocessed organic foods as you can and maintain proper hydration.
Always be mindful of your body. You only get one!
This Is My One Precious Body. Namaste ❤