Your body and your energy systems move naturally toward health. Yoga and Nutrition are self awareness technologies that promote consciousness of the universe inside us, helping us gravitate toward health. On the flip side, there are dominant elements in our society that make wellness harder to attain. If we decide to learn about Yoga and Nutrition as a way to enhance the magnetic pull towards life, we will be able to age with grace, health and certainly without suffering.
As women, the natural processes in our bodies are clear: we have life energy that cycles every month. Most of the time, rather than supporting our bodies intuition, we suppress, dread, and are overwhelmed by the changes that take place as we age. The automatic instinct of our bodies is to attain balance amongst change. Our job as conscious beings is to understand how we use these self-awareness technologies to nurture our unbalanced body and absorb equilibrium with kindness. We want to avoid the pain that is yet to come, and the best way is by noticing imbalances and figuring out how to fix them. As women approach mid-life, many changes demand introspection. We experience changes commonly through insomnia, weight gain, mood swings and weakness.
To ignite our body’s own internal healers we can use Yoga and Nutrition as powerful tools, delivering us to our destination: avoided future dis-ease. If our bodies are the vehicle, Yoga and nutrition are the fuel. With regards to nutrition it is incredibly important to eat whole foods: foods that are real, whole, locally grown, slow and seasonal: ingredients our ancestors could recognize. With so many changes occurring, keeping a simple diet can balance the mind as well as the body. It is normal for a women to gain, at most, 2 dress sizes as they age. That being said, if excessive weight gain is the reality, dieting will not be the sustainable cure. Get on a schedule of eating 3 simple meals a day, no snacking! and each meal should be enough to get you to the next meal. To help give the body strength and energy for the Yoga practice, protein and saturated fats are important to include in the diet. The protein is for our muscles and natural, non-processed saturated fats helps us think, burn fat, absorb nutrients and optimize cell function. Avocado, coconut oil/milk, cold pressed olive oils, nuts and wild fish are excellent sources and little portions go a long way. Limit soy consumption as much as you can. There are possible benefits to soy but far more scientifically proven risks. Soy can promote damaging imbalances in the body such as decreased libido, blown out thyroid, liver toxicity, infertility and trouble with mineral absorption. Almond, hemp and raw milk products are all feasible and safe alternatives.
Now that we have a healthy nutrition outline lets get to the Yoga. Movement is what keeps everything alive and circulating. Yoga is ideal because the emphasis on breath; the basic definition of life and health. As women age, it is common to feel that the exercise routine they had when they were 20 can not apply for them later in life. But because of the risk of decreased bone density and muscle mass, it is important that a strong Yoga practice, with much emphasis on weight bearing postures, is maintained. With a strong practice, remember that movement should be “softly strong” and organized with awareness, so that structural pain is avoided as well. Your practice should be balanced with a restorative relaxation routine. Picking a sequence of 3-5 juicy postures to melt into for 3-5 minutes each is great. To help with insomnia, the restorative Yoga should be done at night, followed by a cooling breath exercise and a cup of delicious herbal tea.
It is important to always remember that we are intuitive beings that gravitate towards health. May our decisions today nurture the life energy that will sustain our bright and healthy future. Please visit my website www.yogi-yoke.com. I offer free health consultations and would love to support you with your goals for a balanced life.
About the author: Alana Bray received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is a certified yoga therapist and holistic health counselor.