If you are a yogini mama you may have noticed that many yoga retreats around the world combine raw foods with yoga?
Have you ever wondered why?
While it is true that the yogic philosophy and raw food paradigm mesh quite well together on principle- we don’t all need to become raw foodists or fly to the tropics to get the same results (although attending a raw food yoga retreat is definately on my bucket list!).
So what to do if you can’t afford to fly to a retreat center?
Don’t worry, you can still get the same benefits at home (minus the luxury and palm trees of course).
Getting the benefit in your yoga practice isn’t as much about going raw, as it is about reducing the toxic burden on your body.
There are real physiological reasons why yoga and raw foods work so well together.
Raw foods are inherently cleansing and hydrating -which helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the body.
But did you know that sluggish digestion and a congested liver can also cause tension and tightness in your body- and therefore limit your yoga practice because of decreased flexibility?
1) The liver rules the tendons. When the liver is overburdened, it
becomes nutrient depleted and will draw on nutrition from the tendons
causing unusual contraction, weakness in related muscles and an
inflexible and rigid body.
2) When the liver can’t catch up on detoxification it will send toxins
to the joints as a storage space (too protect our vital organs) thus
causing inflammation and pain.
3) Toxic bodies are often too acidic (from poor diet and lifestyle
habits) – these acids cause pain and inflammation, making us feel
stiff and achy.
4) When bile flow is low –the synovial fluids that protect and bathe
our joints decreases. Many back problems and joint pains are the
direct result of inadequate bile flow.
While most of us won’t be able to fly to the tropics for a raw food retreat in the near future, we can do a spring cleanse from the comfort of our own home.
Do you want to take your yoga practice to the next level and increase your flexibility through a spring cleanse?