8 Reasons Why Yoga is Practiced on an Empty Stomach

Make Yoga a part of your life and see the difference in 21 days. Yoga has tremendous effects not only to your body but also to your subconscious mind. Regular practice of yoga strengthens your nervous system, prevents any terminal ailment, improves vision, memory and body balance, promotes weight loss, cures muscles and joint pain and gives you a radiant skin. However, if you want yoga to produce optimum benefits, then you should practice it as it is written in the ancient books – early morning; in an empty stomach.

Learn in 8 different ways why Yoga should be practiced in an empty stomach



Yoga is comprised of many postures or asanas. Food in the digestive system disrupts the smooth transitions of the poses. Yoga takes the energy away from our body that generally helps to break down the food and create nutrients, enzymes and hormones. Thus, yoga limits the capacity of digestion.

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2) Gastrointestinal tract disorder


When food is present in our system, the varied yoga poses including successive twists and turns, bending and compression of torso may cause gastrointestinal track disorders, especially for people who are already suffering from diverticulosis. It creates hydrostatic pressure that pinches the gastrointestinal tract and pushes the food out of the tract.

3) Flexibility


A light body is a flexible body. Yoga needs flexible and active muscles. A heavy meal or unclear bowel will make us lethargic that devoid us from flexing our muscles to an optimum level.

4) Clean Colon


Ayurveda states, any health problem will affect our colon first. Therefore, to practice yoga, one should have a clean colon. People who eat non vegetarian food and dairy products and people who eat at odd hours regularly may not have a clean colon.

5) Weight Loss

Yoga promotes significant weight loss. People who are practising yoga for losing weight should consider Yoga in an empty stomach because their blood sugar level is revitalised.  Yoga needs ample amount of energy stores in the form of muscles and body fat. It helps expend calories from stored fat which is limited by sugar content in blood generated from the food eaten.

6) Spiritual connection


Yoga is not a modern age exercise but is a proven spiritual science that helps to restructure our system. When we are reconstructing our system, it should be done with a clear mind and a clean stomach; from the very beginning. The only nourishment we can intake, while or before practising yoga, is water (no other liquid form, including milk).

7) Words from Yogic

Yoga is a study of spirituality and supremacy, and meditation that connects us to the superior energy. Believe it or not, the ancient Gurus, from whom the science of Yoga has been traded to us, affirm that to connect to the enlightener (Dwijas or second coming), you should be in the state of a new born, without any strings attached, including the food you eat and the stool you produce.

8) Pranayamas


The breathing exercise is very important in Yoga. It helps to regulate a lot of important elements in your body such as stomach, heart, lungs and throat. Pranayamas are deep breathing practices and a heavy stomach may prevent to carry the breathing techniques as carved in the ancient books.

It is also to be noted that you cannot go on and one without substantial energy present in your body. A fully fledged yoga session of 2- 3 hours may source lower energy level. Therefor it is ok to have easily digestible food such as honey or yogurt 45 minutes before your session.  

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