Yoga and Weight Loss
I am often asked “Will Yoga help me lose weight?” This is a tricky question as there are two possible answers: Yes and No. Yoga and taking care of oneself is a commitment, a discipline. And when people are attempting to lose weight, the very thing they are lacking is commitment and discipline. It is very easy to let our needs go unmet with our busy, hectic lives. But yoga and weight loss require that you put yourself first. The benefits of Yoga can be felt after one visit, but to really reap the rewards of Yoga, you must practice weekly, and even daily. The yoga poses allow your muscles to build as you use your weight as resistance. Also, the stretching in yoga really benefits the functionality of your muscles, allowing them to move through their full range of motion. Yoga increases your skill of balance and works the core of the body. A well-rounded class will focus on all areas of the body so that after, you feel balanced and whole. When you commit to a regular practice of Yoga and you eat natural, whole foods, eliminating all process foods, you are surely to lose weight, tone your body and feel fantastic. If you do not commit, you will not lose weight or experience any of the benefits.
Spirit Tree Yoga offers dozens of Yoga classes a week so you can make that commitment to Yoga practice. We, along with The Health Nut, Sylvie Thibert, offer a number of health and food related events and workshops so that you can educate yourself on how to eat and live better. It cannot be underestimated the power of good health, however, few can say that they enjoy it. Many of us are on the vicious treadmill of unhealthy eating. You see, it goes like this: you eat a fast-food meal, you feel bloated and lethargic therefore you don’t work out, not working out makes you feel even more tired and lethargic so you lie on the couch and watch TV while you eat more junk food. You gain weight and now you feel ugly and unhappy about your appearance so you eat more “comfort foods” to make yourself feel better but it makes you feel bloated and lethargic..... And this continues on until you decide to jump off the treadmill!! What can you expect when you commit to eating better and exercising or doing yoga? You start on the path of truly healthy living. It looks something like this: first thing in the morning you drink two glasses of lemon water that starts your digestion, increases your alertness and hydrates your body. You do your morning Yoga routine which stretches all the muscles of your body and opens all your joints so now you walk straighter and feel no pain. Your mind is calm and happy form the relaxation and meditation so you smile more today and send positive feelings to all around you. You eat a breakfast of homemade natural granola, some organic mixed berries and organic Greek yogurt. You feel satiated but not full, energized not depleted. With this energy, you look forward to your day, enjoying lots of laughing with coworkers and productive work. Now which treadmill/path would you rather be on? I think the choice is pretty clear!
Visit Spirit Tree Yoga at www.spirittreeyoga .net for information on upcoming classes, events and workshops or feel free to call or email if you need more information on how to turn your life around and get off the “Unhealthy Treadmill” of life. Join us this week on Saturday, June 2 for our first Juicing Challenge. For $20 dollars, you can attend the exclusive screening of the movie “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”, and receive all kinds of information on juicing, detoxing and recipes. Come by the studio to purchase your ticket. And make that commitment to yourself to live a better life by eating well and practicing yoga on a daily basis. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it!