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When Chocolate and Chakras Collide

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Where to begin.  Yesterday Many days ago, the Food & Dining section of the New York Times published an article on the newest yoga trend–yoga for foodies.  Studios are picking up on the fact that lots of people who do yoga (or maybe just those who practice at the Exhale studio where the first classes are taking place) also identify as foodies.  And so, after a long, sweaty workout, studios are offering rewards (at least, this is what it sounds like) to their patrons with three course (vegan) meals.  Does this sound like a wild oxymoron to anyone else?

All had signed up for a strange new hybrid of physical activity: first an hour of vigorous, sweaty yoga, then a multicourse dinner of pasta, red wine and chocolate. As soon as the lights went up, dinner was served on the floor: an (almost) seamless transition designed to allow the yogis to taste, smell and digest in a heightened state of awareness.

After I leave a yoga class I typically feel: sweaty, exhausted, peaceful, detoxified.  Indulging in a multicourse pasta dinner polished off with some chocolate dessert and alcohol does not sound appealing.  But I will say–and I’m putting aside my disgust for eating in a stuffy room, on my sweaty mat–it sounds like a fun date/once in a blue moon experience.  Replacing your regular yoga practice with a few vinyasas and a  heavy meal?  Ill-advised.  Having fun with your friends and thinking outside the mat?  I could be convinced.

NYTimes – When Chocolate and Chakras Collide


Written by doorr

February 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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