Food, Anxiety & Yoga

You wouldn’t think that these three words effect the other, but they certainly do. For those of you who are interested on how these are all connected,  this is for you. I figured not everyone wanted to hear me ramble on more about yoga and food. But I could. Food is so often accompanied with anxiety. In most people's relationship with food, shame, confusion and frustration abound. Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food & God, states “The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all.” This may sound like a slam. Chances are if this insults you, if it makes you cringe, if you strongly disagree, you might not be totally thrilled about the way you eat.

Very much like how you eat tells all, how you do yoga tells all. Michael Taylor at Strala yoga says “You can learn a lot about a person through their yoga practice.” If someone gets easily frustrated or makes a habit of straining through awkward and uncomfortable movements  (and thinks this will help them relax) it’s a pretty good indication of how they may handle other areas of life.

But we're all human. Not one of us can always maintain complete composure every time we attempt headstand. We fall down sometimes. We might eat too much at times or not always eat the best food. It’s a little thing called life. You have to live and learn.

As for the relationship between food, anxiety and yoga ... yoga has a way of teaching you how to live graciously and this can and should encourage us to eat more sensibly. As Tara always says, “Take what you need, leave what you don’t.” Practice this in your yoga, in your eating habits, and in your mind and unnecessary anxiety will begin to ween off.  Instead of haphazardly trying at yoga, you will begin to practice with greater ease. Instead of denying yourself what you want or stuffing yourself with whatever is in arms reach, eating  and learning to fuel your body with what it needs, will become a joy. Some things in life are inevitable. Anxiety doesn’t have to be one of them.