Why to avoid drinking during Yoga

 

I’m often asked the question: Is it ok to drink water or other beverages during yoga practice? How about eating before class?

I personally will never tell one of my students not to drink, but instead I like to use that moment to inform them as to why it is recommended to not drink during your yoga practice.

One main reason is that we are building up “fire” in our practice, also known as ushna. If you are drinking during your practice you are cooling yourself down, bringing down the ushna and in turn making you more susceptible to colds, allergies and the build up of excess mucus. During asanas, we are trying to sweat to help the body naturally cleanse/detox through the pores of the skin, our largest organ.

Another  reason is that it can be distracting to yourself and to others in the class. Patanjali says we learn through pain, by avoiding it with non-attachment. Distractions are obstacles with painful consequences, like having to go to the bathroom. So instead of letting drinking distract you from your asana, if you really get too hot or tired, slow down by resting in a more calming asana like child’s pose (balasana) for a few breaths. This is a better alternative for reducing the heat/ushna than drinking water, which brings you out of focus.

Eating should also be avoided up to 3 hours before your practice as a general rule. Yoga gurus have advised practising yoga on an empty stomach. Having food in the digestive system can interrupt with the rhythm of the body while doing yoga. A light stomach also helps you follow your asana practice more easily, distraction-free.

While practicing yoga, your energy is focused on poses and transitions. This reduces the capacity of the digestive system to manage the process of digestion. Food in your digestive system may also cause nausea, bloating or gas during practice. With an empty, clean stomach, your energy will be focused on the your yogic poses, maximising the benefit.

Some tips and general rules to follow on eating before yoga:

  1. The ideal time to do yoga is early morning on an empty stomach (like my Tuesday class at 7:30!)
  2. If you are to eat before doing yoga, try to practise 3 to 4 hours after a heavy meal, 1 to 2 hours after a light meal, 45 minutes after tea, juice or fresh fruits and 15 minutes after drinking water.
  3. Try avoid heavy foods like meats, processed grains, fried foods, and spicy foods.

 

The goal of yoga is to be free from distraction, fully aware, and present 🙂

 

 

 

3 amazing juice recipes!

 

Thank you to all that came to the Detox Workshop yesterday! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Here are the juice recipes if you want to continue on detoxing or if you just want to enjoy a nice healthy fresh juice.

Chia Breakfast Sunshine Drink  (2-3 juices)

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit

2 Carrots

200g  H2O

7ml Lemon Juice

25g Chia Seeds

Afternoon Beet, Plum, Orange and Ginger Snack   (2-3 juices)

1/4 of a Beet Root

1 Plum

1 Red Apple

2 Oranges

1 Thumb of Ginger

Autumn Green Dinner  (2-3 juices)

1 Pear

1 Cucumber

1 Leaf of Kale

15ml Lemon Juice

1/2 Avocado

1/4 of a bunch of parsley

 

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I also wanted to include some more information of why we are juicing.

Juicers + equipment type

Juicers (juicing machines) extract juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in one of two ways: by chopping and spinning the produce at a high rate of speed (centrifugal juicers), or by grinding the produce, pushing the juice through a grate at a slower rate of speed, separating out the juice pulp (masticating juicers). Masticating juicers tend to be more efficient and better at extracting juice from leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

It doesn’t really matter which type of juicer you choose, since both provide you with nutrient-rich juice. That said, juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed immediately because the nutrient content breaks down more quickly, while juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to a day.

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Easy to digest

Juices are quickly and easily digested. When you juice, the fibrous content of the fruits and vegetables is stripped away, leaving just the water and nutrient content that’s found in the flesh of the fruit. Fresh juices deliver vitamin and mineral content quickly and efficiently.

You can also pack a lot of fruits and veggies into a single juice as the fiber is removed from the produce you use; a single glass of juice actually requires about one to two pounds of produce. That gives you a lot of room to mix-and-match fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.

Calorie control

Juices are calorie-controlled, since fresh juices are made only of fruits and vegetables, the calorie content is fairly well controlled. You won’t be adding “fillers” such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor or smoothness like you do with smoothies.

Vitamin absorption

Some vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, such as vitamin C and the Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. And some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked. Taking that into account, the best fruit and vegetables that will maximize nutrition are: leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens), kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, asparagus, garlic, parsley, blood-pressure-lowering beets (combine with carrot or apple to enhance taste), inflammation-fighter ginger root, potassium-packed cucumbers, and antibacterial lemons.

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Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Aiding and protecting the body

Juicing can aid in the digestive process and give it a little break, because it takes less energy to digest the produce as a liquid than as solid foods, which can take many hours after consumption to deliver optimal nourishment to the body.

It can also help in raising the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, help protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

I hope this was helpful information.

Enjoy your detox, relax and allow your body to cleanse 🙂

X om

 

Jan 24 Detox Workshop — Round 2!

We’re back with another detox workshop! After a really successful first workshop in November (where we incorporated yoga, acupuncture, and detoxing juices) we decided to host another just after the new year. We’ve taken the feedback from our participants and have integrated it to create another, equally extending the time up to a full three hours. This workshop will take place Sunday January 24, just after the holidays — a great time for a cleansing of your system (both body and mind). Email us at cameilkettenring@gmail.com to reserve your spot (reserve by making payment). Looking forward to another great workshop! More info on the flier below.

 

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Holiday Gift List

Need some fun and simultaneously thoughtful gift-giving ideas this holiday season? Here’s a list I came up with of 7 creative gifts for your family and friends.

1. Support a small business

My friend Katie is making great active wear for women, to help support our active lifestyles and still be in the latest fashion.

Check her out: http://www.newpharaoh.paris/index.html

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2. For a better commute

Snag a Nite Ize Spokelit Bicycle Light!

For those of you who have friends or family, like myself, that prefer using their bike to commute. Here is a nice gift to help them be safe and cool.

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3. Books galore!

Yes, always.  Why? Because reading is awesome! One yoga related book recommendation, and one for your taste buds.

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A wonderful memoir of life and yoga.

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Ever in a cooking bind, not sure what to make for your in-laws?…Julia never lets you down.           I ❤ Julia Child!

4. It’s the thought that counts

I know a lot of us are living far away from our loved ones. This homemade gift idea I came across on lifeasmama.com. I feel is a perfect gift that will be equally fun to make as well as to receive.

It is meant for kids…but aren’t we all 😉

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5. For your lover

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6.  DIY — save and create

Organic Mason Jar Terrarium from Camorian Co.

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7. Treat your Body and your Mind

Last but not least, don’t forget to treat yourself our a friend.  Yoyoga will be hosting another detox workshop the 24th of January for those of you who missed the first one. More news coming soon!

 

Detox Juices – Recipes

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Thank you to all that came to the Detox Workshop today! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Here are the juice recipes if you want to continue on detoxing or if you just want to enjoy a nice healthy fresh juice.

Chia Breakfast Sunshine Drink  (2-3 juices)

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit

2 Carrots

200g  H2O

7ml Lemon Juice

25g Chia Seeds

 

Afternoon Beet, Plum, Orange and Ginger Snack   (2-3 juices)

1/4 of a Beet Root

1 Plum

1 Red Apple

2 Oranges

1 Thumb of Ginger

 

Autumn Green Dinner  (2-3 juices)

1 Pear

1 Cucumber

1 Leaf of Kale

15ml Lemon Juice

1/2 Avocado

1/4 of a bunch of parsley

 

Birch Tree Juice/Jus de Bouleau (1 juice)

15ml of Birch Tree Jus (Juice)

15ml Lemon Juice

250ml H2O

 

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I also wanted to include some more information of why we are juicing. I did not have enough time to explain this to you in the workshop.

Juicers + equiptment type

Juicers (juicing machines) extract juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in one of two ways: by chopping and spinning the produce at a high rate of speed (centrifugal juicers), or by grinding the produce, pushing the juice through a grate at a slower rate of speed, separating out the juice pulp (masticating juicers). Masticating juicers tend to be more efficient and better at extracting juice from leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

It doesn’t really matter which type of juicer you choose, since both provide you with nutrient-rich juice. That said, juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed immediately because the nutrient content breaks down more quickly, while juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to a day.

smoothie-456814_1920

Easy to digest

Juices are quickly and easily digested. When you juice, the fibrous content of the fruits and vegetables is stripped away, leaving just the water and nutrient content that’s found in the flesh of the fruit. Fresh juices deliver vitamin and mineral content quickly and efficiently.

You can also pack a lot of fruits and veggies into a single juice as the fiber is removed from the produce you use; a single glass of juice actually requires about one to two pounds of produce. That gives you a lot of room to mix-and-match fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.

Calorie control

Juices are calorie-controlled, since fresh juices are made only of fruits and vegetables, the calorie content is fairly well controlled. You won’t be adding “fillers” such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor or smoothness like you do with smoothies.

Vitamin absorption

Some vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, such as vitamin C and the Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. And some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked. Taking that into account, the best fruit and vegetables that will maximize nutrition are: leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens), kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, asparagus, garlic, parsley, blood-pressure-lowering beets (combine with carrot or apple to enhance taste), inflammation-fighter ginger root, potassium-packed cucumbers, and antibacterial lemons.

smoothie-412163_1920

Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Aiding and protecting the body

Juicing can aid in the digestive process and give it a little break, because it takes less energy to digest the produce as a liquid than as solid foods, which can take many hours after consumption to deliver optimal nourishment to the body.

It can also help in raising the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, help protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

I hope this was helpful information.

Enjoy your detox, relax and allow your body to cleanse 🙂

X om

 

My Interview for Manna Paris

I had a wonderful interview with Hayley for Manna Paris on detox to help you prepare for the change in season as well as our November YoYoga workshop.

Manna Paris is an exceptional blog on health, beauty, life, style and travel.

Check it out and give me your feedback.

Thank you Manna Paris and Hayley Enright!

Enjoy 😉

X om

Manna Interview: http://mannaparis.com/what-you-should-know-before-you-detox-interview-with-healthy-chef-and-yogi-cameil-kettenring/

5 Steps To Prepare For a Detox


In preparation for the detox workshop this coming Sunday, Januart 24, here’s a little more background on detoxing. Is it right for you? Do you have symptoms that could benefit from a cleansing reboot? Plus – if or when you do decide to do a detox – I give you 5 steps to follow one week prior to detoxing, in order to make the transition simple and easy (see below)

Do I need to detox?

When you hear someone say they need a detox, it’s usually because they feel sluggish or they are having problems with constipation, depression, or bloating, and they want to help their body do what it does naturally.

We often take in toxins that cause mental and physical problems, for example junk food, alcohol, cigarette smoke, or pesticide residues in food. Alternative medicine suggests modern foods are contaminated by various unnecessary elements, such as flavor enhancers, food colorings, and artificial preservatives, so we need to get rid of them too.

Why detox?

Doing a regular detox helps bring us back to a “normal” state, where we feel more focused and energetic. This is also a good time to listen to the body and see what it really needs in terms of food. It gives us a chance to see what foods make us feel good.

Detoxifying your body with fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains and nuts will also give your skin a glow and boost your immune system.

What should I nOt do in a pre-detox or during detox?

You shouldn’t stop eating. The big myth of detoxing is that you don’t eat at all, when actually it’s knowing what to and what not to eat that’s crucial. When you are detoxing you still need nutrients and doing it the wrong way can be harmful.

What are some symptoms that show I may need a re-boost or a detox?

  • History of alcohol or drug use
  • Long term prescription drug use
  • Sensitivity to chemicals, tobacco smoke, fumes, perfume, cleaning chemicals, etc
  • Stomach pain caused by unhealthy foods
  • History of nausea or upset stomach
  • Greasy or shiny stools, stools that float
  • Light or pale colored stools
  • Headache over the eyes
  • Gallbladder pain
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Easily hung over
  • Consumption of asparthame
  • Pain under right side of rib cage
  • Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Severe PMS, fibroids, or cysts
  • Severe fatigue
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Trouble handling blood sugar in balance
  • Depression, anxiety or other mood disorder

5 steps to prepare for a detox : the “Pre-detox”

  1. Wean off toxins. You want to make sure the body doesn’t go into extreme shock when you start detoxing, so before beginning it is best to ease yourself into it. Wean off of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and smoking (if you smoke), as well as eat a mostly vegan diet for at least three days before the detox, and then three days afterwards. 
  2. Nourish the body. Start giving the body fresh and whole grain foods that are easy for the body to digest and full of wonderful nutrients, if you do not already have them in your diet.
  3. Stock up on fruits and veggies, vegetables for soups, lentils, quinoa and brown rice, and maybe even pick up some green juices to get the palette accustomed to the taste. 
  4. Get enough sleep. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night as to not feel tired or groggy. While we sleep, the mind is doing its cleaning process and the body is recuperating from the day.
  5. Start your day with lemon water and meditation. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to start the day off with a cup of warm lemon water to clean the insides and bring a (ph) balance to the body followed by a 5 minute mediation, while the mind is not yet full of distractions from the day. 

. . . Then you should be all ready for your detox 🙂 We will do the first detox day together the 24th of January. Try to have your warm water and lemon in the morning an hour before the workshop. 

I will post the recipes for the juices if you feel like you want to try for a 3 day detox continuing on after the workshop. 

Always listen to your body. Three days is more than enough for a good detox, but if you feel like you just need one day, a day in a half or two then that is all you need. Don’t let the ego get the best of you, practice Satya (honesty) with yourself. 

Summer coleslaw, cold soup with almond bouillon, and eggplant domas: flash back photo shoot 2013

Cold soup with an almond bouillon

Cold soup with an almond bouillon

We’ve had quite a cold month this October in Paris, as autumn made an unforgiving arrival. But contrary to my last post, this blog post is void of warm cups of tea or thoughts of the winter to come.

Instead, here’s a few photos from a photo shoot in 2013, which include dishes reminiscent of a particular season perfect for making and eating coleslaws and cold soups — aka, the ever elusive Summer. The most lovely photographer Julie Ansiau took these at Café Pinson for a Be magazine photo shoot (find Julie on her webpages linked below).

Also, an exciting new addition to my website is coming soon…a full Winter Menu with accompanying recipes! I’m currently in the process of developing the Winter Menu, and am planning to publish in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

www.julieansiau.com
www.popquilts.com
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Eggplant comas with vegan tzatziki

Eggplant domas with vegan tzatziki

Selection of raw and gluten free pastries

Selection of raw and gluten free pastries

Owner Agathe and myself

Owner Agathe and myself

My favourite summer coleslaw

My favourite summer coleslaw

Winter Reads

These colder days and longer nights are a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to enjoy the stillness that comes with the winter months and take the time to sit.

Picking out new books, or picking up old favourites, is a great way to relax.

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I recently stopped by a magical bookstore in Paris, Shakespeare And Company, for an excuse to taste the new lemon pie we (Bob’s Bakeshop) are creating for their new café as well as to buy some books. After hours of wondering through the mystic shop I finally settled on three great books, so then decided it was finally time for pie. The pie was amazing (*pats self on back*), and I am now thrilled for the cold months to come so I can bundle up on my sofa with a warm cup of tea, lemon pie, slippers, a cozy blanket and one of my new winter reads!

Bring on the cold! I’m ready 🙂

Homemade weekend eats

A few shots of my weekend meals, including clementine + raspberry juice made from my manual juicer and ingredients for a DIY granola for two.