Lately, we’ve been noticing a lot of interesting and tasty-looking beverages coming in to the yoga room . . . coconut water, juice, Power Aid, and other electrolyte beverages. We love these kinds of replenishing drinks, but they are best for AFTER class, not DURING class. Why? We’re glad you asked!
1) Most of these drinks contain sugar (even coconut water has natural sugars!) and other additives which the body must work harder to process. This takes energy away from your yoga practice, not to mention causing spikes in blood sugar and heart rate that we don’t want, especially in a heated room.
2) Who wants to practice on a sticky or stained yoga room floor? Clear water, like sweat, is easily mopped up so the yoga room can remain clean and inviting for everyone.
3) While it is important to nourish and hydrate your body well before and after class, DURING class your body has a different job – to detoxify and heal. The purpose of your water is just to wet your throat a bit if it becomes dry (and, let’s face it, provide some psychological comfort!). When you feel tired and hot and need refreshment during your yoga practice, the very BEST thing for you is not any beverage at all, but rather a long, slow deep BREATH.
4) Your body, like the earth, is composed mostly of water, and fresh, clear water is second only to air as the #1 sustainer of human life. If you consume anything at all during your yoga practice, it should be the most simple, elemental, and pure substance there is.
So, for all these reasons, please save the fun drinks for after class – in the yoga room, all you need is your mat, your towel, your Self, and maybe a small sip of cool, clear water. Happy practicing!