The awareness of how deeply our overall well-being is related to the way we treat our bodies & minds has never been so alive. More and more people want to be in harmony and balance, healthy, complete, in a state of inner peace. When it comes to discovering the way to reach these goals, ancient recipes never fail to deliver.
One of such is, of course, yoga - a spiritual discipline that works on the level of one’s body, mind and soul (emotion and energy). It focuses on bringing harmony between these levels. Yoga is both science and art, discipline and the way of living.
The other is kombucha, a living fermented drink, good for our gut health. Knowing that gut is the center of the human body and that it has a direct impact on both our physical and mental health, kombucha quickly becomes an important part of one’s mindful lifestyle.
I was 7 months pregnant when we took those photos.
Why do yoga and kombucha combine so perfectly together?
I believe that the most obvious corelation between the two is food. Yogis are known to be more conscious of what they put into their bodies, so their goal is to consume as healthy and sustainable food as possible.
Quality and versatile plant-based diet with a lot of fermented food has helped me gain my inner balance. Yoga was just a step further.
Most mindful, sustainable eaters (which most yogis are) like to choose seasonal, local food. They tend to pick food that has some kind of supportive function for the body (such as rich in fibre), is a natural remedy for our modern lifestyles (such as superfoods), or is compatible with the current season (e.g. eating more fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer and more pickled vegetables or lentils in the winter season). Supporting small businesses and farmers is also important. Or at least that’s what I like to imagine sustainable eating means!
The fact is, kombucha is very popular among yogis as it checks several of the mentioned boxes.
Here’s why kombucha is a natural choice of many yogis:
kombucha is a naturally fermented drink - good for our gut health
kombucha contains lots of health building minerals, vitamins (B1, B6, B12 and C), enzymes, amino and lactic acids and living organisms that support our gut and healthy immune system
kombucha is energizing - it increases our energy level, but it contains a fairly small amount of caffeine
It’s refreshing and great for quenching thirst - especially right after your yoga session or any other kind of workout
kombucha is an all-year drink, but is often made of seasonal ingredients (like our summer edition Beach please kombucha or festive Winter spice).
Nature, yoga, kombucha. Is there anything better?
My opinion - as a yogini and a kombucha girl
I firmly believe drinking kombucha after a yoga class is so very beneficial for our body. It lifts you up and nurtures your body, as you lose lots of energy, electrolytes and other nutrients when sweating.
I never drink kombucha before my yoga class, because it’s fizzy and the gas fills up my stomach too much.
Everybody who practices yoga knows that it’s best to do it on a completely empty stomach.
But I love to grab a can of kombucha when my practice is done. I feel rejuvenated, energized, I can literally feel how kombucha fills my body with beneficial nutrients! I’m no longer tired, I feel like I could rule the world!
Sometimes I even mix kombucha in my favorite smoothie (recipe below), so I can enjoy a delicious raw, antioxidant and fiber rich meal - that’s also living and full of good bacteria and probiotics. Start your day right - with yoga and kombucha - and you’ll have a feeling you can do anything. Then it’s up to you whether you believe it or not. I know I do. ;)
Enjoy in your yoga classes, kombucha and the recipes below!
My favorite boosting protein smoothie
Prep time: 10 minutes
Simply blend all ingredients & enjoy!
½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 small bunch of kale, destemmed and torn (you can use any of your favorite greens)
1 cup hemp mylk
½-1 cup Cold brew kombucha (or Retro cola is also yummy)
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
½ tsp cinnamon, ground
a pinch of salt