Eating for balance is a cornerstone in Ayurveda. A meal made of good quality augmenting and extractive vegetables, grains and legumes gives your body the life force it needs to function at your optimal levels. The combinations for meals made with this formula are endless and can be easily shifted for what’s in season.
For instance, in the heat of summer you may be looking for ways to lighten up your meals. Rather than reaching for a salad of raw foods, which may not be a great choice for your digestion, look instead to a lighter legume – snap peas.
If you want to practice Yoga for life, be kind to your joints.
Your skeleton is a complex structure, made up of interconnected muscles and bones that provide the strength you need to hold Yoga poses. The joints are simply spaces where two bones come near each other, where tissue exists to prevent the bones from grinding together.
Far too often, yogis develop a practice that appears to be strong, but it actually relies too much on leaning into the joints. Over time, this weakens the joints, creating instability. This is easy to see with hyperextension of the elbows in bhujangasana, cobra pose, but one pose where you might not think about misusing the joints is in virbhadrasana B, warrior II pose.