For instance, PRETZEL POSE compresses and massages the digestive organs in order to flush out toxins from the kidney, liver, and spleen. These organs get a fresh supply of blood and oxygen once the twist is released.
|Illustration by Kathleen Rietz, and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (R)|
Instead, try fueling up with a light snack an hour before practicing yoga to invigorate your body and get your mind focused. For example, snack on a handful of nuts or eat a leafy-green salad with a quarter of an avocado or a drizzle of olive oil.
Healthy fats in moderation can fill you up, stabilize blood sugar levels, boost brain function, and prevent hunger pangs during or before practicing yoga.