Eating too much or leaving your stomach empty for a long period of time before you hit the yoga mat is not a healthy habit. At least an hour before you exercise, consume some food to keep your body fit and ready for the turns and stretches, which your body will go through during the yoga session. But see to it that what you eat is something healthy and will give you that added boost you need.
Banana is a fruit rich in potassium, which works well with sodium in keeping your body hydrated. This is important as you will be sweating a lot during the session. It also has magnesium that counteracts muscle contractions and bloating.
Raisins and Dried Fruits
Raisins, prunes, dried apricots, and the like, contain nutrients and minerals that you will find useful on your various yoga poses. Pick the ones without added sugar because the raisins alone are a gold mine of natural sugar, which is a good source of energy.
Almonds have Vitamin E, potassium and magnesium that will give you energy, relieve you from hunger and help hydrate your body. They can also provide stamina to your muscles. Ensure that you only eat the plain and unsalted ones.
If you are to eat oatmeal prior to doing yoga, have it an hour before so it is digested well. It has fibre and magnesium that will give you energy as you do your exercises.
The protein-rich Greek yogurt is a good snack to take before your yoga session. It is also lactose-rich and has natural sugar that can provide prolonged energy as you work out. Yogurts also contain good bacteria that help in digestion.
A plant-based protein shake is a wonderful pre-workout snack. It will be sustenance to your blood. You can also try smoothies made of avocado or bananas. Cacao and almond shakes are also good options. You can use coconut water or acai puree for your smoothie, which can give you a bit amount of healthy fats that will aid your body to absorb the nutrition from the shake.