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How to prepare nutritionally for (a lot of) yoga?

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Created November 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Tomorrow I start Yoga Teacher Training. It will be three 9-hour days of yoga (the first weekend of ten). How should I prepare for this nutritionally? I am 5' 5", 129 pounds, would like to lose 5 - 7 lbs of body fat, currently eat VLC (20 grams or less per day). Should I be adding in more carbs through fruit, sweet potatoes or squash? If so, how much and when?

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:13 AM

@Senneth yoga teacher training is not required to teach neither teaching is prerequisite for yoga teacher training. It's totally okay to take YTT for improving practice or other purposes. If you think in terms of how dedicated and good some YTT programs are the price would not seem to be high at all!

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on November 10, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Just to add another voice to this: Yoga is not just stretching! If you are pushing yourself, it is extremely taxing. Elite athletes come to yoga and are often shocked at how difficult it is.

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:38 PM

McMeghann -please check out the opportunities in your area for yoga teachers before you sign up for expensive training. I took a yoga teacher training years ago and have never been able to find a teaching job. (I could start my own studio, but I am not quite that ambitious or passionate about it).

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I agree with Stephen-Aegis, and would like to add...Unless its a beginners class -YOGA IS NOT A STRETCH ITS A WORKOUT. Please, to broaden your horizons..take a Bikram yoga class! (Hint: You will need help to get to your car afterwards).

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Many static positions are very taxing on the muscles and indeed work them very hard. Minimal movement doesn't mean minimal work.

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:18 PM

My thoughts as well. I'd probably use the opportunity to fast.

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Have you actually taken a yoga class mike? It's far more intense than it looks on paper if done right.

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I know this is not answering your question at all and I apologize, but can you tell me more about this Yoga Teacher TRaining??.....I'm looking for a career change...desperately. Paleo has taught me to be happy in all aspects of life, and my career is the only lacking component. Great post, I look forward to the responses!!!

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I did a three-day Yoga teaching certification last year (Yogafit Lev. 1) and didn't prepare in any particular way.

Even though yoga is "relaxing" and such, doing anything three days in a row, for multiple hours a day, and practicing/thinking/etc. is taxing.

I would just make sure that you have a nice variety of healthy snacks (whatever fits your diet) on hand to keep your energy up. I'm sure you'll have breaks and a "lunch" at some point. Our instructors were pretty compassionate in this respect!

One thing to consider (and I'm sure you are already aware of this) is that this might not be a good time to experiment with new foods. I would hate to have some sort of GI distress trying to do yoga!

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I would focus on easily digestible foods or juices (or nothing) during, since you don't want a full stomach for practicing. I'm doing yoga teacher training too, and I take broth & juiced vegetables (apple, beet, carrot, kale) with me. I find I don't want to eat a lot of food during the class anyhow. Evenings I just eat normally. We don't do yoga the whole time, though - probably 2-3 hours out of the session, and the rest of the time we're sitting and talking.

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on September 02, 2013
at 11:29 AM

am glad to see that people are actually writing about this issue in such a smart way, showing us all different sides to it. You are a great blogger. Please keep it up. Yoga

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I'm starting a yoga teacher training tomorrow, too! Mine's in Illinois!

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:00 PM

Something you may find with VLC is coming out of an inversion may give you a light head. Listen to your body!

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:04 PM

After training you'll definitely need something to replenish your muscle glycogen. Starchy carbs work great PWO, I prefer sweet potatoes. For lower intensity stuff, I find I can last longer when I've loaded on fats as well. Good luck!

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:06 PM

I can't imagine how yoga could drain muscle and liver glycogen. It's not anaerobic or even particularly aerobic. It's stretching. If you feel "over-stretched" have a contrast shower after words and don't over eat during. Carb-up for yoga?

3193ead7a301b741aafa193c4476edea

(213)

on November 10, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Many static positions are very taxing on the muscles and indeed work them very hard. Minimal movement doesn't mean minimal work.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on November 10, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Have you actually taken a yoga class mike? It's far more intense than it looks on paper if done right.

Medium avatar

(8239)

on November 10, 2011
at 03:18 PM

My thoughts as well. I'd probably use the opportunity to fast.

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

(675)

on November 10, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Just to add another voice to this: Yoga is not just stretching! If you are pushing yourself, it is extremely taxing. Elite athletes come to yoga and are often shocked at how difficult it is.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 10, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I agree with Stephen-Aegis, and would like to add...Unless its a beginners class -YOGA IS NOT A STRETCH ITS A WORKOUT. Please, to broaden your horizons..take a Bikram yoga class! (Hint: You will need help to get to your car afterwards).

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