The Best and Worst Foods for a Yoga Lifestyle

You can improve your yoga practices by following these eating dos and don’ts

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Not all foods are equal if you do yoga

In an ongoing effort to better oneself in one or many of the various styles of yoga, it’s important to focus on which foods best promote lightness, strength, and flexibility. As you may know, yoga can have a direct impact on digestion, so knowing what’s good to eat is vital. At the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s also crucial to know which foods can inspire things like indigestion and inflammation. We’ve gone to three different yoga instructors to see which foods and drinks they look to and stay away from in order to get the most out of their practice.

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The three instructors we heard from were Katlyn Daoust, Dr. Gabrielle Francis, and Theresa Polley. Daoust is a 200-hour certified vinyasa instructor at CorePower Yoga in Minneapolis. CorePower aims to hold “onto the magic of yoga, while upping the intensity factor for a more powerful, purposeful workout.”

Dr. Francis, a naturopathic doctor, practicing yogi, and author of The Rockstar Remedy, has practiced holistic medicine for over 33 years. Her practice, in New York City, emphasizes that there are many ways to heal through both natural means and yoga. Theresa Polley, a yoga retreat host and founder as well as instructor in Mineola, Texas, has taught yoga for 12 years. Her women’s retreat, Retreat in the Pines, provides weekend getaways that foster a sense of community and relaxation through the practice of yoga.


Our yogis all practice in different parts of the United States, but their yoga eating dos and don’ts all seem to promote the same message: Lightness is key, easy digestion helps, and inflammation can ruin your flow. Click ahead to see what you should and shouldn’t eat in order to lead a healthy yoga lifestyle.