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Erica Bornstein is a yoga teacher, dancer, and lover of all movement. Erica believes that yoga can be an embodied art form, a stimulated workout, a lifestyle, a tool for therapeutic relaxation, or a form of spirituality. Overall, yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the mind and body and the willingness to cherish your own breath. Erica also believes that you only live once and you shouldn't torture yourself with workouts you don't enjoy!

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The Dancing Yogini
by Erica Bornstein, Yoga, Dance, and Fitness Instructor

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Don't get scared, I am not going to preach about veganism, animal rights or how you are only a real "yogi" if you eat a certain way. There are plenty of yogic diet philosophies out there, and most are deeply rooted in the ideas of ayurvedic medicine, or a system of traditional medicine native to India.

What I am referring to is a way you should eat to support your yoga practice and your daily life. We all know that within the yoga world there are endless (often contradictory) myths, theories, and urban legends emphasizing what foods are good or bad for a yoga practice.
Yogi Diet
Your diet - just like your yoga practice - is highly personal. Just as there is no "one size fits all" practice, the same goes with your dietary needs. So where do you start in building your own balanced approach to eating? Just as with a positive yoga practice, it's a matter of being mindful and intelligent. When approaching either a yoga or a food practice, experimentation and alert attention are the keys to discovering your personal path to balance and growth.

Call me Captain Obvious if you want to, but the key here is developing a pattern of conscious eating. When choosing meals, choose logically and carefully. While eating meals, eat slowly, and you will be more likely ...    Continue

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@ 12:43pm ET on March 5, 2012 I think I want to try and start up yoga, and do it faithfully everyday. I always here good things about it and how it helps bring the calm into your life. I am going to start today. Im going to go do a full reserach on yoga!! Thanks for the blog!
@ 11:28am ET on March 7, 2012 Awesome! Once you start you will see all the benefits. Strength, flexibility, peace of mind, and so much more! Try some of my videos right here on diet.com. :)

Let me know if you have any questions once you get started!
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