Drinking Water Before Doing YOGA.

by Shubhangi Kaushik
(Delhi)

Is it harmful to drink water before doing yoga poses?



Answer

Hello Shubhangi

If you feel thirsty you can drink a glass of water half an hour before starting yoga class. Strictly limit your water intake half an hour prior to yoga practice. If you still feel thirsty take few sips of water at room temperature (not cold water)before starting yoga.

It is also understood that before starting your yoga practice you should not be dehydrated or thirsty. For that matter keep drinking water throughout the day and do not rely on drinking one to two glasses of water just before the yoga class.

Before and after yoga practice, drinking of water at room temperature or luke warm water is preferable to cold water.

Yoga practice opens up energy channels of our body for smooth flow of prana. Drinking of water will interfere with this flow of vital energy in our body.

When you practice yoga your stomach should be empty, all food items should have moved along the digestive tract so that the stomach is empty. Although digestion of food items may take 3-4 hours for digestion, water can move faster through your digestive system. Therefore, any amount of water you drink should be clear of the stomach before starting yoga.

Preferably it is better to keep drinking water at regular intervals to keep the body hydrated. This way you can avoid drinking water just before yoga practice.

Hope this works.

Warm regards
Daljit

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How much water can intake before start yoga?
by: Vasu Chandhu

Hi,

I am drinking water early morning with empty stomach exactly 400 ml for past 5 years. After drinking water I wait for half hour then I start yoga for last 10 days. Is it recommended to drink that much water? How much water can we drink? Please reply.

Editors Note
You can drink one or two glasses of warm empty stomach.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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Thankyou very much for your great support and information
by: Anonymous

I have learned from your website that vajrasana is the pose which can be done after having meal. I want to ask you that can I do vajrasana just after tea/milk/juice/lassi also?

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Yes, vajrasana is the only Asana that can be done after meals. But it is not to be inferred that we do vajrasana after every meal or after taking snacks.

It is to be noted that you can sit for pranayama in vajrasana for 10-15 minutes as part of your yoga practice.

Sitting in vajrasana cannot complement your daily yoga practice. Doing vajrasana after meals is an optional practice.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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Thankyou very much for your great support and information
by: Anonymous

I want to ask you that if vajrasana is the only pose which can be done after having a meal so is it also the only pose which can be done after drinking some water?

Editors Note
You can drink few sips of water (not cold water) if feeling thirsty during yoga practice. You can sit in vajrasana after meals or after drinking water. Sitting in vajrasana is an additional/ optional practice but it is not a part of routine yoga practice or an alternative to a balanced yoga sequence.

Hope this helps
Daljit

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Water Therapy and Yoga
by: Ashok

Hello,

Please advise me. I am having water therapy for past one year. Having 1.5 liters of water in the early morning in empty stomach. I started yoga also from two days back. Immediately after water intake can I do pranayama exercise? Or what is the ideal time to do pranayama? I am also doing Gym in the evening. Is it advisable to do some yoga after the gym?

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After having water, you can wait for 30 minutes before doing any yoga. You may also do yoga after the gym. After gym wait for 15-20 minutes to cool down the body before doing yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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Yoga query
by: Khushboo

Hello,
Your article is really helpful. I appreciate your honest guidelines.
I have a query since I drink 2 liters of luke warm water (with one spoon honey) early morning. So can I do yoga before drinking water? Can I drink water 30 minutes after yoga?

Editors Note

Hello Khushboo
You can do yoga before drinking water. You may drink lukewarm water 30 minutes after yoga. You can drink one or two glasses, or two liters if so advised.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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Is Green tea allowed before yoga?
by: Priyanka

Can we drink green tea before performing yoga?
Will it increase the benefits of yoga or will it be harmful in any way? Please advice as I wish to start doing yoga for weight loss.

Waiting for ur reply :-)

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Dear Priyanka

You can drink green tea (without sugar and milk) before doing yoga. However I will like to add the following:

1. It is preferable to switch to any herbal tea or lime juice with warm water and honey.
2. Ideally, if one can manage, no drink is required before yoga. However, in winter season, a cup of green tea or herbal tea is always welcome, it can provide you with required warmth before starting yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

You can go ahead with green tea before yoga if you like it.

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I drink one liter water
by: Vipul

I drink one liter water daily morning for past 10 years. And over the period of time I have realized that it really helped me to stay healthy. Now I want to start Yoga in morning. So what to do?

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You can continue drinking water. After drinking water, you need to wait at least 30 minutes before doing yoga. You can utilise this time for clearing the bowels, taking a bath etc.

Hope this helps
Daljit

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Thank You Daljeet
by: Shubhangi

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