I Am find g that my zeal for my vigorous vinyasa flow yoga has left me. I have been voraciously learning about the paleo lifestyle since beginning this journey las month, and it seems as though my yoga doesn't quit fit in any more. Is this disinterest a byproduct of simply focussing on a new passion, or does yogic movement just not jive with being a carnivore. Any yogis or non yogis have some personal experience with this one?
I love my yoga practice! I do the poses daily for exercise, its hard to beat the ease of the workout which can be done anywhere. It stretches & tones & strengthens all at once. I could see how it could get boring, especially if you are doing a video or going to the same old class. My best advice is learn enough of the poses and flows and you can movies while you workout. I took instructor training just for this reason alone. Like others have commented, there are a wide variety of yoga classes to try. But I dislike going to the classes because of the cost/sweaty feet in my face/suprise drugery meditation sessions). As for the other components of a full yoga practice like meditation..I prefer meditation in motion! (Hiking & rollerblading). Meat eating doesn't make a difference for me. I could see how it could be shocking to admit to at an uptight yoga center though. If nothing else, you will have the energy to make it through a challenging yoga workout, while the vege's shake and run for some sugar.
UPDATE: Hurt my neck muscles doing my normal yoga (nothing fancy like headstands), and haven't done yoga in months -longest without it in 15 years. If I even do the salutation to the sun, I tweak my neck again. I can do the Jillian Michael Shred Workout with weights all day long -but 5 minutes of yoga, and my neck is out of commission for 3 days.
I am a recent convert to the Paleo lifestyle and a yoga instructor. I mainly practice power vinyasa in a hot room (105 degrees F), which I love. I love the sweat, and the challenge. But after reading Primal Blueprint I was concerned power vinyasa was a bit too "chronic cardio". After checking my pulse a few times (one day I'll invest in a heart rate monitor) I just tone it down a bit. I take more breaks, skip a few vinyasas, and really enjoy the flow MORE because it all feels good.
The studios I teach at (Seattle area) offer a Yoga Sculpt class as well, which is power yoga with hand weights. I often use that as my "lift heavy things" workout. I may not always do exactly what the teacher is doing (sometimes too much "toning") but I get a great strength workout WITH my yoga!
I haven't figured out how to get the sprinting part of the Primal Blueprint into my yoga, but that's OK, the fresh air is good for me:)
So, yes, there is room in the Paleo lifestyle for yoga. But you may be in a low spell of yoga love right now, and that's OK. Let it be OK. Your passion may come back, or it may not. It's all good. Let what you love be what you do.
"I have been voraciously learning about the paleo lifestyle since beginning this journey las month, and it seems as though my yoga doesn't quit fit in any more."
Your yoga "doesn't quite fit in any more" in what sense?
You say you've lost your "zeal" for "vigorous" yoga. Is "I'm tired and need a break?" a reasonable translation?
There's no intrinsic conflict between being a carnivore and yoga asanas, though that premise (of such a conflict) is widespread in the yoga world. Not surprising, given that yoga arose from ascetic religious practice and a desire to use asanas to "get off the wheel of death and rebirth." I got sick of all the pretentious posturing (no pun intended), the Spandex spirituality and emphasis on showing off, and more, as an athlete I came to question the efficacy of all the extended static stretches — for my purposes, anyhow. Shifted to Active Isolated Stretching. Really good stuff, and a complete dearth of references to chakras.
ive talked here in a few places about my deep love for my yoga practice. i dont think that the two things- yoga and paleo- are all that different. its not my most intense workout by any means, but it never was, and i never did yoga PRIMARILY for the physical exercise. i still practice, mostly more restorative styles, but i do my asana practice a few days a week and then in small ways i do yoga throughout the day. i dont know many other yogis who eat as much meat as i do, but ive never encountered any disrespect for my chosen diet, either. i am finding that my meditation practice has been slipping, but i dont blame that on paleo so much as my one year old and three year old!
have to agree with the above as well...
yoga is a must as a compliment to my crossfit practice. paleo eating keeps me grounded and strong. i also enjoy a more yin or restorative style of to keep me in tune, body and mind. though the power poses can put me to the test. and wall yoga is amazing if it is available in your area. it does all depend on the class or more specifically the instruction.
all in all, enjoy. and remember, the physical practice (asanas) is only one of the 8 limbs that lay the framework of yoga practice ;-)
I have been with yoga through my LC/Paleo journey. I have no plans to stop. Probably just pig-headed of me because I refuse to give into the notion that only veggies/vegans can be involved in the practice of yoga (a thought I find many people hold). It gives rise to the notion that meat eating and spirituality can't peacefully coexist. At least to my mind. I feel I need to stay in the game to present the alternative idea that one can be physically and spiritually attuned and peace loving and still eat meat. Plus I really love it!
I think the idea to explore other types of yoga (take different classes if they are available to you) is a great idea. It's surprising how many different forms the practice of yoga can take.
Have you considered trying Bikram (Hot) Yoga? It's 90 minutes long, performed in a room that's heated to 105 deg F and 40% humidity.
It's quite the workout. It's pretty intense but I feel great afterwords.
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