14 Jan These 5 recipes will enhance your yoga practice
Written by Courtney Meyer ・Photograph by Deliciously Ella ・15 mins
Most of us have looked back on our yoga practice a month in and noticed where once was a downward dog (that looked more like a flailing Labrador) there now lies a sweeping smoothness to our daily Vinyasa and a wardrobe that now has its own dedicated section to every coloured eco-friendly legging that we just had to have.
So whilst we may have our technique and wardrobe on point, what about our wellness and diet as a newfound yogi?
At a time when wellness culture dominates, it can be tough to keep up with all the health and diet trends let alone what really works for yoga.
You may have been thinking that salads and smoothies are some of the healthiest foods that you could eat but notice that you still feel sluggish or get a sore stomach after eating them. This is because you’ve been eating based on what you’ve been told is healthy instead of what your body type needs. Ayurveda is one of the oldest health systems that will honour your yoga practice and balance the right food for your body type. In Ayurveda, your Dosha (your mind-body types) include Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
- Vata favours warm, moist, oily, smooth and grounding food.
- Pitta favours cool, nourishing, dry, dense and mild food.
- Kapha favours light and airy, warm, dry and rough.
While all three are present in everyone, we each have a dominant dosha with a balance between the other two. When the doshas are balanced, we are healthy; when they are unbalanced, we develop disease, which usually manifests with skin issues, poor digestion, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.
Whether you’re practising Power Yoga or slowing it down with Hatha or Yin, a healthy diet is key to having both the energy and the focus to enhance your practice.
That’s why we’ve compiled 5 vegan and vegetarian recipes from some of our favourite health goddesses that will give you that sparkle to your yoga practice from the inside out.
1. Eat the rainbow with a Spring Salad
When you look at your plate think about how much colours is on it! Is it looking like a vibrant mix of colour or more of an unappetising brown mix? Try this amazingly delicious Spring Salad by Deliciously Ella to enhance that #eattherainbow living.
Having a mix of vegetables in your salads gives you all the healthy antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients especially if you can get a mix of purple, red, green and orange into your salad.
2. Experiment with new flavours and spice up normal veggies with a Roasted Stuffed Butternut Pumpkin
One of the best ways of getting out of your routine and eating healthy as you continue your yoga practice is by trying something new with your flavours. The simplest and tastiest way to do this is by taking humble vegetarian recipes and adding in textures, spices and herbs that give that flavour burst in your mouth!
Try this stuffed butternut pumpkin recipe by The Minimalist Baker. You’ll be thanking us later.
3. Get your dosha balanced with these three Ayurvedic vegetarian recipes
For Vata’s – Smoked Aubergine Soup
The smoky eggplant and bright lime juice balance each other perfectly in this simple, warming soup.
For Pitta’s – Vegetable Curry
The spices in this vegetable curry lend incredible flavour, and it comes together in about 30 minutes.
For Kapha’s – Brown Rice Khichdi
Brown rice and lentils pack a serious nutritional punch and the addition of veggies, spices, ginger and cilantro make this super healthy for a Kapha.
4. Turmeric Golden Milkshake with Plant Protein
Turmeric has long been a superstar of wellness due to its anti-inflammatory, photogenic goodness as well as it’s perfect Ayuvedic qualities. So ditch that regular smoothie for The Golden Milkshake that’s super delicious and vegan.
5. Healthy Beetroot Falafels
Beetroot falafel’s have a delicious sweet and earthy taste and are packed with exceptional nutrition as they are rich in calcium, iron and vitamin A and C. it’s the perfect post Yoga meal.
Find what style of yoga best suits you at Power Living and try out some of these recipes to really enhance your own practice.