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
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
… 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.
YOGABODY Naturals LLC
Yoga Flexibility Kit
p.s. I run a Karma Yoga charity project that’s pretty
fun. Take a look when you have a chance:
Karma Yoga – YOGABODY