I’ve both asked and been asked: “When is the best time to eat before practicing yoga?”
Great question. Obviously eating is important to both fuel your body and give it the nutrients it needs so you can feel your best and do your best, both on the mat and off.
The answer is: Try to practice on an empty stomach. Or try not to eat for an hour or two before you come to class. This is important because:
1. It never feels good to practice while your body is still digesting (especially in downward facing dog or handstands).
2. You may feel more tired. After you eat, much of your energy focuses on breaking down the food your body is trying to digest (which is why many of us feel that “lull” after lunch).
3. During your practice, you may have teachers like me, who will take you into some deep thoracic (spinal) twists. Twists literally wring you out, from the inside out, which is great for eliminating toxins from your organs. But not so great if your stomach is full.
*If you are STARVING before you practice (been there), try eating small like a 1/2 banana, drinking juice or Whey protein.