Indian Food is NOT Yoga Food – Secret #3 of 7

#3 of 7: Indian Food is NOT Yoga Food

Dear Yoga Student,

In 2006, I spent 3 months in India studying yoga.

I practiced with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, I spent time at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, and I met some really cool, old-school yogis at random temples and markets.

I’ve traveled to over 20 countries, but India stands out as both the best and the worst.

It witnessed beautifully-rich traditions, heart-wrenching poverty and desperation, magnificent monuments, and desolate slums all crammed together in a huge land mass that somehow always feels crowded even when there’s no one around.

And the food? Well, Indian food tastes amazing, but for yoga and flexibility, it’s death!

Let me explain.
The Indian diet consists mainly of wheat, rice, and dairy – three of the most mucus-forming foods known to man (think of mucus like glue smeared throughout your body).

Lots of Mucus = Lots of Stiffness
So why do yoga teachers always recommend that you drink milk, eat yogurt, and suck down spoonfuls of ghee every day?

Probably because they’ve never tried giving it up!

Here’s a quick tip: give up dairy for 1 week and see how much more flexible you feel. Most people notice a HUGE difference within 3 days (I’m talking night-and-day difference).

Listen, I know what you’re thinking: “Not another crazy vegan trying to turn yoga students into tree-hugging hippies…”

… well, think what you like. I’m not a hippy, I’m only slightly crazy, and this isn’t about the cows!

(OK, I’ll admit I do think it’s wrong to strap cows to machines, steal their babies, and pump them full of antibiotics just so we can have yogurt for breakfast… but that’s another topic altogether.)

Mucus sucks! That’s the straight story. Give up dairy, go deeper in your backbends, and your sinuses will be so clear, you won’t believe it.

After 1 week, if you just can’t go another day without Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, well then at least you’ll know why your hamstrings are so stiff when you wake up the next day.

Stay bendy,