You have a busy life, and yet you find time for your yoga practice. You know how to compromise, to value what you do create time for and that creating time for your practice - whether in a class or at home - will make every other second you have and every other thing that you do deeper, better and more effortless.
But there are conundrums: what do you give up to create the space for practice? Can you leave work 15 minutes earlier and bring your yoga clothes? Can you stash spare yoga togs in the boot of your car? Leave spare mats all over creation? And most of all, what and when do you eat if lunch is noon, work ends at 5 and class starts in half an hour?
5:45pm is one of the most popular yoga class times as well as a popular dinner time. If you eat before class you breathe harder and twists are less twisty. If you wait 'til after, your tummy growls, you get light headed and when you finally sit down to dinner it's an hour before bed. What's a yogi to do?
My go-to for mid-afternoon nourishment that leaves my belly just right for practice is a mixture of powdered greens and chia seeds. I know, sounds like dirt, right? That depends on the quality of the powdered greens you use. I mix 3 scoops (servings) of the powdered greens in the photo on the right with a tablespoon of the chia seeds on the left in one of those shaky ball cups folks usually use for protein powder. I can sip while working, not miss a beat and never feel like I'm running on empty.
It's sweet, gives me a mid-afternoon pick-me-up without caffeine, and I love the crunch of the chia seeds. It's about 150 calories with 8 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, killer probiotics, antioxidants, omega-3s and minerals. I teach at 5:45 most evenings, so I have this about 3:30 when I'm on schedule. But I've gotten caught up in projects and forgotten until I'm about to leave just after 5:00 and drunk half on the way to class, half after and it's just fine. A quick salad when I get home and I feel light and agile all the way through.
Give it a try and leave a comment to share which greens you like best and how it goes. How do you handle the hunger for practice?