I practice Ashtanga yoga and have begun working on intermediate series. Today my teacher said that I need to start eating more fats to counteract the "agitative nature" of intermediate series. He says that fats are important for lubricating the joints and sheathing the nerves.
The idea of avocados inside my elbows makes me giggle a little. But seriously, has anyone heard of this yogis-need-more-fat theory?
Although I didn't study Ashtanga yoga, I studied under a teacher who studied Ashtanga, and he never mentioned such a thing. But to be fair he didn't really talk much about nutrition (was probably less interested in discussing the topic after training teachers for 30+ years). What he did say though was "If you want to make your stomach the graveyard for dead animals, I won't judge you." Hehehe.
Your giggles are right on. How is fat gonna lube up your joints?
Just go to class next time with avocados taped to your elbows and knees. ;)
I know 811 yoga instructors and I know cocaine snorting bulimic yoga instructors. They both have similar bodies but guess which ones are more fun to be around. :)
I do Ashtanga yoga too and the intermediate series is crazy and so cool all at the same time:) I Love this yoga! I don't even think I have appropriate advise for a yoga TEACHER ;) but I must say I believe that you'll get through the agitation eventually, intake of fat might temporarily ease it, but Always Do What Feels GREAT!!! Does your yoga teacher eat 811? Mine don't and they say the darndest things to me.."Can't eat raw in this yoga!" LOL I love it cause they're happy eating meat and I'm happy LFRV!! You rock sister, try it out just for giggles ;) Aloha
Thanks for the input everyone!
No, my yoga teacher is a pretty far cry from 811 - every morning he eats a pastry! But I have recently converted him and his wife to veganism, so its a step :)
I feel like my diet is the reason that I have progressed so quickly in this practice. I feel great and generally have a great practice! Funny enough I have been eating more avocados this week, and I have experienced some big changes, especially openings in my hamstrings. I'm not sure if that's due to avocados, or that I had a really great talk with a friend on Monday and have been focusing really well.