Saturday, 6 September 2008

5 Ways Yoga Helps You Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Desire for the Eastern approach to wellness is steadfastly growing as evidenced by the 16 million people now practicing yoga in the United States. With weight gain on the rise, yoga offers a great alternative as a weight loss tool for people over 40. Not all yoga insists on pretzel poses and yoga is a remarkable tool for motivation. Many of us have a difficult time with losing weight because we simply lose the motivation when we're on the 5th carrot stick of the week. Motivation is like showering, we need to practice it daily.

The mind and body are married, and intimately united; when one suffers, the other empathizes. The enormous benefits of Eastern style wellness is based on improving total emotional and physical health by providing a work-out that leaves a person exhilarated, not exhausted with a workout that includes your mind. Yoga incorporates mindfulness, a required state for conquering the battle with weight.

1. The Power of Practicing Mindfulness

Food is vital for life to make energy. If your body were a temple, you would not take putrified foods, poisons, anything that is noxious in terms of touch, smell or taste. You would think carefully and choose with tremendous diligence what you put into it. Knowing what you ingest has an impact that can last for years and add or subtract years to your life. As you look at something, despite the temptation - pick and choose your body fuel as carefully as you would choose a mate to share your life with. Because your body is yours and given to you so that you can make careful choices as to what you put into it.

However, eating healthy doesn't mean choosing a life of deprivation and starvation or, that you have to shun fast food restaurants. You can incorporate tasty treats and guilt free foods when you practice the power of choice.

"We think of choices in terms of the major ones: what job should I take? Whom should I marry? Should I start a diet or just throw out my old clothes? Each choice we make moves us down one road or another. The little choices we make accumulate and dictate the kind of life we live. Yoga helps how you think about each food choice and fine tunes your awareness to give you the healthy life you deserve.

While on your weight loss plan, yoga can help you achieve increased vitality, a stronger, flexible mind/body and an inspired spirit that motivates you to continue enjoying the rewards of a healthy weight.

2. Educational as well as inspirational and offers a meaningful, enjoyable alternative to traditional forms of exercise.

3. Yoga is designed for people who desire stress release, total fitness, and increased mind/body/spirit energy without the high impact of jumping. Decreased stress often leads to decreased emotional eating.

4. By opening the doorway to a healthier you, Yoga can lead the way to your untapped health and wellness potential that lies within you.

5. Meditation, included in yoga practice, is a means to give the brain a true vacation from anxious thoughts and achieve a heightened awareness by eliminating distractions that deter you from your goals. Stress often leads to a craving for carbohydrates and this leads to weight gain. Yoga gives you the time to rejuvenate, still the overactive mind, and focus on what is important. Quieting thoughts to receive positive affirmations helps you discover a place that leaves your mind feeling clearer, and focused on the goal of reaching a healthy weight. You're worth the time and energy it takes to believe in yourself. I believe in you. Now go and accomplish your goal and be the change you want to see happen.

Suzanne Andrews

Suzanne Andrews, WCEU TV Health and Fitness Expert and Occupational Therapy Practitioner, is the host of the Yoga DVD's, Beginners Dynamic Yoga for Stress Release and Weight Loss and Yoga Chi for Energy. After losing 60 pounds with her special techniques, she designed these DVD's to help other people take back their health.

Both DVD's have helped thousands of plus size people over age 40, who desire a safe, gentle alternative to wellness, lose weight, manage stress and increase energy. Available at Click the link below to order your DVD now

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