Yoga and Juice: A Perfect Match
It’s no surprise that yoga and juicing have both taken off in our world today, and seemingly so, they have linked together. The health and healing benefits of both juicing and yoga take you diving deeper into the awareness of your physical body. Yoga is the unity of the self through meditation and physical asanas (poses). Juice allows you to become present in the physical by providing concentrated nutrient dense liquids into your system, for fast digestion and distribution to the body. Fast absorption of nutrients sharpens your mind. Grabbing a juice pre or post mat time will increase the benefits of both.
After asking a few yoga instructors and doctors on their experience and insight into the benefits of juice and yoga, they all shared one streamline opinion of their experience: juice and yoga make you feel physically lighter.
Fresh organic juice not only contains greater nutritional value, it contains life. Cold pressed juice is like drinking a natural vitamin filled with living enzymes, essential minerals, antioxidants, and natural antibiotics, which are vital for optimal health.
Jen Coleman, E-RYT of Toledo Yoga says, “ when you practice yoga, you become more in tune to your body. You feel things more, and become more sensitive to the food you eat. Juicing helps put your body back on an optimal feeling.” Yoga stems from the core of the body, to activate the core of the body. This activation is focused on draining the lymph system of the body, keeping our immune systems strong. “Juice works from the inside out”, says Jen.
Did you know that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables? Some may say you lose the fiber content when you drink juice, but we would need to eat 2 lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16 oz juice. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables, giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest. Chewing your juice also increases efficiency in digestion by saliva enzymes breaking down nutrients before they meet the belly.
In addition to activating the body, practicing yoga puts the mind in a place of relaxation. Studies have shown that those who practiced yoga on a regular basis have larger brain volume in the somatosensory cortex, which contains a mental map of our body, the superior cortex, involved in directing attention, and the visual cortex. The hippocampus, which regulates emotions in the brain, is also enlarged, contributing to more ease in rising emotions. Both the nutrient-dense juice and practice of yoga bring healing benefits to the body’s vital organs.
Consuming juice jolts the physical body with energy and moves throughout the system quickly. If you are drinking a juice in the yoga studio, you may find yourself calling it “liquid prana”. Prana is the life force energy that binds oxygen together. Supplementing juice into your life and daily practice has the ability to bring you more in tune with yourself and the world around you. Yoga activates the subtle feeling body, thus making you more sensitive; juice moves through the body quickly, and can in most cases, can be felt immediately. Combining these two powerful forces in the body stimulate the mind, ground you in your body, and create empowerment in your life.
Both juice and yoga are designed to cleanse, heal, and empower the body. Cleansing strengths the immune system with nutrient-dense liquids, and practicing the physical asanas of yoga compresses and stretches the internal organs. Combined, yoga and juicing have the ability to cleanse you from the inside out.
If you are ready to incorporate juice into your diet, choose a brand that is cold pressed. Cold pressed juice is made using the maximum force to extract all liquid density from the fruit or vegetable, and leaves nothing other than the practically dry pulp. Without the use of heat in this process, all the nutrients stay intact within the liquid. In addition, choose juice made from organic produce to avoid flooding your body with toxins. Since a large amount of produce is used to create a relatively small amount of juice, non-organic produce consumed in such large quantities contains much higher levels of toxins compared to eating only a few pieces of whole fruits or vegetables. The best time to drink juice is on an empty stomach or at least an hour before eating a meal. This maximizes the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body. Grabbing a juice after your practice is the perfect time to drink it!
Juice is bold, fresh, and full of vital nutrients. Yoga is opening, relaxing, engaging, and activating, creating the perfect atmosphere in the body to introduce these nutrients found in juice! It’s a win-win! Activate your life with a fresh cold pressed juice, and find your comfortable seated position in a local yoga class. Start feeling fresh, start feeling renewed!