By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD, CDE
While the general recommendation is to practice yoga on an empty stomach, fasting before you practice also isn’t advisable. In fact, making sure you are adequately nourished and hydrated can mean the difference between a strong and lousy downward-facing dog.
Namely, yogis opt for fluids and snacks that are easily digestible, nutrient dense and packed with carbohydrates up to a half-hour before class. Don’t eat a big meal within three hours of beginning your practice.
And, before any exercise, opt for foods that have low fat and fiber content, as those elements can contribute to bloating and gas.
Most important, listen to your own body to see which foods work best for your GI system.
Here are a handful of yoga-friendly snacks to consider before you practice: