Jivamukti Yoga and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Bites (#vegan, #lowGL, #GlutenFree)

Mercedes Aspland
By Mercedes Aspland / June 2, 2014

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I mentioned quite a few months ago now that I needed to observe and take part in 5 different types of yoga for my training. I started out with great intentions of doing more and squeezing an extra class each week but it did not happen and I have been left rushing around to find classes to attend. After reading a book on Jivamukti yoga I decided that I really had to give it a try and so attended a class taken by Claire Nichols on Wednesday last week.

If I am honest I was not really sure what to expect, I knew that it was a vinyasa based yoga but I don’t think anything prepared me for what I experienced. Firstly let me say that Claire the instructor was really fantastic and allowed the class to flow. If you have never done Jivamukti yoga before then you might find it a bit strange as the instructor does not demonstrate and just gives instructions and will then use hands on techniques to correct your postures.

The class began with some chanting and meditation in the first 10 minutes which helps to raise the vibration of the room and then we had 80 minutes of yoga. It started off really well and doing the usual sun salutations and then it just seemed to keep going. When I am saying that the intensity was high and stayed at that level for most of the time. If you do this type of yoga be prepared, you will get hot, hotter than you think you will, trust me.

Having said all of the above I felt amazing immediately after the class, it was like I was buzzing. I did try and have a conversation with someone but seemed to find it impossible to get the words out properly as I felt really floaty (if that makes sense). However I do have a word of caution, the class I went to was over lunch and so I thought I would just skip lunch, have a small snack after the class and then eat my usual evening meal. This was not a good idea.

A Jivamukti class is intensely physically demanding and so you need to make sure you refuel after the class otherwise it can leave you feeling exhausted. The other thing to mention is that trying to do another vinyasa class the next day was almost impossible for me, it was fine at the beginning but about half way through my body just gave up. I think it would be better alternated with a restorative form of yoga, but maybe that is just me.

If you are looking for something to help bring your energy back after a hard yoga class then my Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Bites could do the trick. They have a great amount of protein and are perfect at boosting your energy, plus they are low GL and so will not have a very big impact on your blood sugar.

About the author

Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a Yoga Sports Coach with experiences working with athletes from many disciplines and experience levels. She is keen to spread the word of how valuable yoga is to sport. With additional qualifications in nutrition she also shares a number of recipes and nutritional advice to keep you fuelled while training.

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