If you seriously consider starting the practice of Yoga, you also have to adopt a certain type of diet. Why? Because Yoga is more than just practicing Asanas, postures. It is a transformative process that includes all areas of our lives. Therefore, the food we put into our body is a crucial part of the practice. The general consideration is to eat fresh and light food full of nutrients. Vegetables and fruits are on top of the list.
Very important is the category of foods to avoid. While with some of these foods it is more obvious why to avoid them, others may cause doubt in the practitioner. Let´s look at them - What not to eat when practicing Yoga:
Alcohol, meat (any kind, also fish), eggs, garlic, onions, chili peppers, no drugs of any kind, coffee and tea in moderation.
Why? Because these foods are taking away more energy than they give to the body, and, especially regarding meat, break with the rule of Ahimsa - Non-Violence. Also, the effects of the exercises will unfold their full potential only when we adopt the yogic diet.

Many people, when they hear that they would have to quit all these things, ask, what they should eat instead. Well, it is very easy: Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, vegetable fats (Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil), Dairy, Legumes, Grains.
Really, there is a wide variety of foods out there that you can still eat!
The use of certain spices is also recommended. Turmeric, Cinnamon and Cardamon are only a few to consider. When adopting this diet, you will encounter that your energy levels rise very quickly and that your overall well-being is improved drastically. Your skin will become very clean, your body will start to smell good, you will need less sleep and, generally, your health will improve.

If you aim to dive deeper into yogic practices, establishing an equilibrium, a balance, on the physical, mental and emotional level, is crucial. In Yoga, we follow the ayurvedic concept of the elements. Everybody is composed of the basic elements of water, fire, earth, and wind. Depending on your body type, you will adjust your diet accordingly. There is a lot of good literature about the topic and we will not go in-depth here but we will only make small considerations to get a feel for this important topic. For example, someone with a lot of fire will be better off to not eat too much firey food. For example, chili peppers, coffee, and chocolate. On the other hand, if you are lacking fire, it is a possible approach to add in some of the aforementioned foods in reasonable amounts. I highly recommend you start to learn about these things, little by little until you find your perfect combination of foods.

In this short video I am preparing the golden milk, a very easy recipe. You need: Fresh Milk, Turmeric.

Heat up the milk, put one tablespoon of turmeric into a cup, add the milk - Done! Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you suffer from lactose intolerance, you can use almond milk or any other milk substitute. The benefits of golden milk a numerous! It is cleansing your blood and helps to prevent diseases. Learn more about it in the video.