Have you struggled with losing weight? Frustrated? Falling into same habitual patterns? Then get your yoga on.
You can directly apply the principles of yoga to help you with your weight. I use yoga science to nourish, de-stress, create balance, develop awareness, cultivate discipline and focus, build self-esteem, for healing and to keep me strong, lean and healthy. Yoga is an incredible, and ancient, science of self-care, and its practices can help you with achieving your goals of losing weight.
According to statistics, obesity is on the rise. Health issues related to obesity consume 2/3 of the population. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are top of the list. Most disease is a result of poor lifestyle choices.
I have dedicated the past 15 years of my life to yoga, as a student, as a teacher, as a conscious being inspiring to make a difference in the lives of my students and on this planet. I use yoga science to obtain optimal mind and body health. These are my experiences and research on this powerful practice after being asked to do a segment for Rogers TV on how yoga can help with obesity.
- Yoga is accessible to everyone. Whatever shape, size, or age. Yoga meets you where you are and is non competitive. Poses can be modified to suit any needs. Props help to bring the floor to the student who cannot reach. Applied therapeutics help for any condition or injuries. Yoga helps us physically, mentally and in all aspects of life.
- Yoga is a self-care practice. Yoga has taught me how to nourish myself by making eating a self-care practice. When you nourish yourself, just like a plant, you can grow and thrive. When eating becomes a self-care practice, you are more likely to make healthy food choices and to listen to your bodies cues about how much is enough. Lasting weight loss does not begin with counting calories and deprivation.When you take this approach, the very act of eating becomes an act of self-love. Yoga teaches you to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. A conscious practice of feeding your self regular and healthy meals to nourish yourself goes hand and hand with yoga.
- Yoga changes your prana flow and body chemistry. When I practice yoga, I notice a substantial decline in my appetite. I started to notice that if I was getting hungry, and did not want to eat before my practice, I’d do an hour of yoga, with the intention to eat after. I am amazed that my hunger is suppressed. And when I do eat after yoga, I am mindful that my choices are healthy.Here’s what is happening during yoga practice. The prana is being distributed through your body away form digestion. Medically, yoga may lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite in the short term, while raising levels of peptide YY, a hormone that suppresses appetite. Your body needs to circulate more blood as you practice to prevent overheating. Eating causes blood to flow to the stomach, your body dampens your appetite to prevent that.