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Anyone into yoga as their main form of exercise?

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Created March 01, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I Am find g that my zeal for my vigorous vinyasa flow yoga has left me. I have been voraciously learning about the paleo lifestyle since beginning this journey las month, and it seems as though my yoga doesn't quit fit in any more. Is this disinterest a byproduct of simply focussing on a new passion, or does yogic movement just not jive with being a carnivore. Any yogis or non yogis have some personal experience with this one?

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Has your neck gotten any better? You might want to look into a neuromuscular therapist to help you with that.

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Agree with @Walcott Seriously, who in the right mind in India do yoga when it's 104F outside? They wake up at 5am when it's cooler and do yoga. There was one guys who did yoga in the heat and now he patented and sues everybody who uses his name and doesn't pay him fee. Really?

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:19 AM

One of my sister's clients is a black market raw milk dealer and owns two big yoga studios in a large city. She's more WAPF than paleo but definitely an omnivore and apparently evangelizes in her studios.

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on August 07, 2011
at 06:08 PM

@Walcott. I own a busy Bikram Yoga studio in SF and have practiced for 13 years and have taught thousands of students who report great benefits from this yoga. It is far from being injurious. People of all abilities get a great low-impact workout and stress relief. We have a couple in their 80's at the 6am each weekday and professional athletes use it to better their game. Bikram's teacher, Bishnu Gosh, was a great physical culturist and brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. Bikram was a champion weighlifter and has always told us to eat meat a la paleo. Bikram Yoga is safe and effective.

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on August 06, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Bikram isn't a yoga, and is one of the most harmful things one can do to their body. We aren't used to such high heat and humidity, and muscles are fooled into stretching beyond their limitations, which can cause injury. Its simply too rigorous for no reason. I don't call it a yoga because it needs to involve both the mind and the spirit, which are integral for the health of the body. Just be careful!

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on August 06, 2011
at 03:20 AM

If you feel like yoga doesn't jive with being omnivorous then your yoga group is full of -pretentious douchebags who are full of hot air and BS" so get a new one. Yoga is good, but it attracts the scum of the earth.

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on August 06, 2011
at 03:19 AM

Nah it's just better to relegate it to an occasional thing, once a week or so if you're not the yoga type. I run really fast up hills and lift heavy weights and wield swords that's exercise enough!!!!!!!!!!1 rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgrrr

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on March 02, 2011
at 01:47 AM

There was a great article in Slate about Müller just a while back...here: http://www.slate.com/id/2281699/ An extremely progressive man for his time, not to mention very fit. I wouldn't do his calisthenics to the exclusion of all other exercise, but as a "starting out the day" set of movements they are really just wonderful.

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Me too...hard to go inward with a kiddo crawling all over you!

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:50 AM

I think my body is telling me, more sprinting, climbing and lifting...maybe to the detriment of a daily one hour practice, but It will always have it's place in my day! Gonna do some googling on the mueller system.

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Awesome link, thanks. Also brings up the idea of mindfulness. What you put in your body affects what you put into your life, and the lives of others around you. Eating in tune with our true nature just seems more mindful than blindly grabbing processed snacks.

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Did the bikram for a while, I love the hot room but the methods not quite my style...you do feel AMAZING after though, which sure is worth it... Such effort though!!

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on March 01, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I've posted this before, but it really seems to help tie Paleo and Yoga together... http://www.yogauntwisted.com/yoga/doing-more-harm-than-good/

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on August 06, 2011
at 11:17 PM

I am a recent convert to the Paleo lifestyle and a yoga instructor. I mainly practice power vinyasa in a hot room (105 degrees F), which I love. I love the sweat, and the challenge. But after reading Primal Blueprint I was concerned power vinyasa was a bit too "chronic cardio". After checking my pulse a few times (one day I'll invest in a heart rate monitor) I just tone it down a bit. I take more breaks, skip a few vinyasas, and really enjoy the flow MORE because it all feels good.

The studios I teach at (Seattle area) offer a Yoga Sculpt class as well, which is power yoga with hand weights. I often use that as my "lift heavy things" workout. I may not always do exactly what the teacher is doing (sometimes too much "toning") but I get a great strength workout WITH my yoga!

I haven't figured out how to get the sprinting part of the Primal Blueprint into my yoga, but that's OK, the fresh air is good for me:)

So, yes, there is room in the Paleo lifestyle for yoga. But you may be in a low spell of yoga love right now, and that's OK. Let it be OK. Your passion may come back, or it may not. It's all good. Let what you love be what you do.

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on March 01, 2011
at 11:11 PM

I love my yoga practice! I do the poses daily for exercise, its hard to beat the ease of the workout which can be done anywhere. It stretches & tones & strengthens all at once. I could see how it could get boring, especially if you are doing a video or going to the same old class. My best advice is learn enough of the poses and flows and you can movies while you workout. I took instructor training just for this reason alone. Like others have commented, there are a wide variety of yoga classes to try. But I dislike going to the classes because of the cost/sweaty feet in my face/suprise drugery meditation sessions). As for the other components of a full yoga practice like meditation..I prefer meditation in motion! (Hiking & rollerblading). Meat eating doesn't make a difference for me. I could see how it could be shocking to admit to at an uptight yoga center though. If nothing else, you will have the energy to make it through a challenging yoga workout, while the vege's shake and run for some sugar.

UPDATE: Hurt my neck muscles doing my normal yoga (nothing fancy like headstands), and haven't done yoga in months -longest without it in 15 years. If I even do the salutation to the sun, I tweak my neck again. I can do the Jillian Michael Shred Workout with weights all day long -but 5 minutes of yoga, and my neck is out of commission for 3 days.

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Has your neck gotten any better? You might want to look into a neuromuscular therapist to help you with that.

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I think it's just simply a new 'focus'. If you feel like you're stuck in a Yoga Rut, try a different style or class. You can be a Paleo Yogi ;0)
PS. I'm a Yoga Teacher lol

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Awesome link, thanks. Also brings up the idea of mindfulness. What you put in your body affects what you put into your life, and the lives of others around you. Eating in tune with our true nature just seems more mindful than blindly grabbing processed snacks.

Bd6450474c7df5ecc3bbe1369a9a9abe

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on March 01, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I've posted this before, but it really seems to help tie Paleo and Yoga together... http://www.yogauntwisted.com/yoga/doing-more-harm-than-good/

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on November 26, 2011
at 11:47 PM

"I have been voraciously learning about the paleo lifestyle since beginning this journey las month, and it seems as though my yoga doesn't quit fit in any more."

Your yoga "doesn't quite fit in any more" in what sense?

You say you've lost your "zeal" for "vigorous" yoga. Is "I'm tired and need a break?" a reasonable translation?

There's no intrinsic conflict between being a carnivore and yoga asanas, though that premise (of such a conflict) is widespread in the yoga world. Not surprising, given that yoga arose from ascetic religious practice and a desire to use asanas to "get off the wheel of death and rebirth." I got sick of all the pretentious posturing (no pun intended), the Spandex spirituality and emphasis on showing off, and more, as an athlete I came to question the efficacy of all the extended static stretches ??? for my purposes, anyhow. Shifted to Active Isolated Stretching. Really good stuff, and a complete dearth of references to chakras.

http://www.stretchingusa.com/

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:38 PM

I'm paleo and still love my yoga :)

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on November 26, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I enjoy yoga too - although right now I don't make time for it as often as I'd like. I feel that in a crazy and hectic world, yoga helps me to slow down and pay more attention to my body, heart and spirit.
It's a healthy thing to do to just unwind and loosen up the joints and muscles, and at the same time helps to bring a feeling of quiet and peace.
I don't see how diet would really effect that, except for if someone has a personal moral feeling against eating animals. And if you aren't bothered by that, who cares? Now, I have heard that you aren't supposed to eat for a time before doing a yoga session. Maybe a meat eater would want to allow for a little more digestion time than a vegetarian.

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on August 06, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Sometimes you do this for a while and then you do that for a while.

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on August 06, 2011
at 02:36 AM

I've been having similar issues. I have practiced Ashtanga yoga as my primary exercise (approx 2 hours/day 4-6 days/week) for about 7 years and have recently fully converted to a Paleo diet. Maybe it's just a period of adaptation but I've felt my energy so low at times that I just don't feel in the mood to practice, maybe from not eating enough carbs. Also I've been trying to figure out my timings so I can practice on an empty stomach. And I have felt compelled to add in weight lifting, which sometimes ends up taking the place of my daily yoga practice. Like was said above, it's common for interest in yoga to wax and wane. In general I feel good about my practice because my digestion is working so much better. I think with time will come adjustment/adaptation and I'll be more into yoga again, and also stronger. I'm finding it pretty intense to go from a high-carb (sugary fruitarian/raw foods) to a really meat-based diet....but my body knows it is the right thing, in a sense it is "ahimsa" to myself, finally!

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on March 02, 2011
at 02:31 PM

I really enjoy yoga and it helps to calm me down and REALLY helps with my flexibility for Crossfit and Olympic lifting, but I, personally, don't think it is intense enough for my fitness/exercise goals. Yoga is supposed to be somewhat meditative so I wouldn't stop doing it, but try other forms of exercise and see what works for you.

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on March 02, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Yoga is my primary strength-building exercise, and I do still love it. HOWEVER, when I first delved into the paleo/primal lifestyle last fall, I lost interested in yoga for a time - like a month or more - and took a break. So maybe a little absence from the mat will make your heart grow fonder, too.

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on March 02, 2011
at 03:46 AM

I'm doing more yoga than ever ATM - I'm training to be a yoga teacher! I've been primal for over a year.

I'm not so much into the spiritual aspects, personally. And traditional Hindi beliefs and my intense interest in hard science do not mesh so well! But I find yoga immensely beneficial in so many ways, and am looking forward to using a more practical and scientific approach as a teacher. I'm interested in personal training too, and you can bet I will be preaching the primal way of life.

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on March 02, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Heather,

If the zeal is gone, then the zeal is gone. I'm betting that it comes back. I've practiced yoga for several years, and my interest level has waxed and waned.

I always come back. Eventually.

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I love my ashtanga sun salute series. That's my daily love. It oxygenates the system and stretches every organ and muscle in the body in one flow. Everything else that comes later: hiking, swimming, weights is extra bonus loveliness etc. Yoga sculpts the body and makes me feel phenomenal.

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on March 01, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Nothing wrong with yoga. It seems like perfect activity for those days a week where you're not sprinting or lifting heavy things. :) I quite like yoga but these days tend toward calisthenics instead...just because I really love the M??ller system.

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:50 AM

I think my body is telling me, more sprinting, climbing and lifting...maybe to the detriment of a daily one hour practice, but It will always have it's place in my day! Gonna do some googling on the mueller system.

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on March 02, 2011
at 01:47 AM

There was a great article in Slate about Müller just a while back...here: http://www.slate.com/id/2281699/ An extremely progressive man for his time, not to mention very fit. I wouldn't do his calisthenics to the exclusion of all other exercise, but as a "starting out the day" set of movements they are really just wonderful.

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on March 01, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Have you considered trying Bikram (Hot) Yoga? It's 90 minutes long, performed in a room that's heated to 105 deg F and 40% humidity.

It's quite the workout. It's pretty intense but I feel great afterwords.

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Did the bikram for a while, I love the hot room but the methods not quite my style...you do feel AMAZING after though, which sure is worth it... Such effort though!!

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on August 06, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Bikram isn't a yoga, and is one of the most harmful things one can do to their body. We aren't used to such high heat and humidity, and muscles are fooled into stretching beyond their limitations, which can cause injury. Its simply too rigorous for no reason. I don't call it a yoga because it needs to involve both the mind and the spirit, which are integral for the health of the body. Just be careful!

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on August 07, 2011
at 06:08 PM

@Walcott. I own a busy Bikram Yoga studio in SF and have practiced for 13 years and have taught thousands of students who report great benefits from this yoga. It is far from being injurious. People of all abilities get a great low-impact workout and stress relief. We have a couple in their 80's at the 6am each weekday and professional athletes use it to better their game. Bikram's teacher, Bishnu Gosh, was a great physical culturist and brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. Bikram was a champion weighlifter and has always told us to eat meat a la paleo. Bikram Yoga is safe and effective.

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Agree with @Walcott Seriously, who in the right mind in India do yoga when it's 104F outside? They wake up at 5am when it's cooler and do yoga. There was one guys who did yoga in the heat and now he patented and sues everybody who uses his name and doesn't pay him fee. Really?

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I have been with yoga through my LC/Paleo journey. I have no plans to stop. Probably just pig-headed of me because I refuse to give into the notion that only veggies/vegans can be involved in the practice of yoga (a thought I find many people hold). It gives rise to the notion that meat eating and spirituality can't peacefully coexist. At least to my mind. I feel I need to stay in the game to present the alternative idea that one can be physically and spiritually attuned and peace loving and still eat meat. Plus I really love it!

I think the idea to explore other types of yoga (take different classes if they are available to you) is a great idea. It's surprising how many different forms the practice of yoga can take.

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:51 PM

have to agree with the above as well...

yoga is a must as a compliment to my crossfit practice. paleo eating keeps me grounded and strong. i also enjoy a more yin or restorative style of to keep me in tune, body and mind. though the power poses can put me to the test. and wall yoga is amazing if it is available in your area. it does all depend on the class or more specifically the instruction.

all in all, enjoy. and remember, the physical practice (asanas) is only one of the 8 limbs that lay the framework of yoga practice ;-)

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:42 PM

I still enjoy yoga, it's never been a focus for me, but I like it. Nowadays I only do gentle, restorative yoga, really just to enhance my Crossfitting.

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:31 PM

ive talked here in a few places about my deep love for my yoga practice. i dont think that the two things- yoga and paleo- are all that different. its not my most intense workout by any means, but it never was, and i never did yoga PRIMARILY for the physical exercise. i still practice, mostly more restorative styles, but i do my asana practice a few days a week and then in small ways i do yoga throughout the day. i dont know many other yogis who eat as much meat as i do, but ive never encountered any disrespect for my chosen diet, either. i am finding that my meditation practice has been slipping, but i dont blame that on paleo so much as my one year old and three year old!

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Me too...hard to go inward with a kiddo crawling all over you!

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:39 PM

For background, I do hot vinyasa 1-2 times per week in the studio with the occasional home practice; technically running is my main form of exercise, but yoga is very important to me.

If you're concerned that yoga doesn't jive with paleo because you haven't felt like doing it: that may just be the adjustment period as your body adapts to the new diet. When I started paleo I didn't feel like running at all (low energy) and it took a couple of months for the desire (and the energy) to come back. Vinyasa is a very athletic yoga practice, so you may be experiencing the same thing.

If you're concerned that yoga doesn't jive with paleo because of the earth-loving hippie stuff: you may be jumping to conclusions about the yoga community. My yoga instructor is vegan, and she and I have had many long and fruitful discussions on optimal diets and figuring out what's best for our individual bodies. Now, your studio may actually be full of sanctimonious twits; but so is PaleoHacks. Ignore all of them.

Good luck, and namaste!

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on March 12, 2012
at 06:59 AM

I am a trained yoga instructor and strictly follow a paleo diet; I eat meat heartily, lift heavy and sprint on occasion. What I love about yoga is that everyone can practice- deep breathing and gentle asanas with not raise your cortisol. More vigorous practices (ashtanga and bikrams, which I also enjoy) may be more likely to do this. Be mindful of what your body is asking of you- you seem to be in tune with it's needs!don't worry about spending less time at it. your body will ask you to practice when it has a need for it:)

To add my personal experience, I do at minimum 10 sun salutations right when I get up in the morning... Then I trampoline for 30 mins, and on alternating days lift weights. I tend to practice for an hour 3 evenings a week as well, and meditate daily, and this is because I enjoy the freedom on my practice, and feeling myself in tune with mind and body. That said, when I first "became paleo" I stopped taking bikrams classes and practicing the full primary series. It just seemed "too much" at the time for my body. Now I tend to indulge in a half-primary ashtang class or a sweaty bikrams class about 1x a week.

My advice: do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:44 AM

What brought me to this posting was the question - Can Bikram yoga help me with weight loss like circuit training/sprinting and lifting is supposed to (with Paleo)?? Can you replace the lifting with bikram and still see results?? I did bikram for 2 years off and on while doing weight watchers, but never while doing paleo eating.

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