What do you think, does yoga lose weight? I am Anna, I worked in the weight control and fitness industry for 6 years as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer, before becoming the owner and teacher of a yoga studio.
Surprisingly, I have seen more people lose weight when practicing yoga than I saw when I was working in the field of fitness.
Over the years I’ve often asked myself, ” Why does yoga help people lose weight more than any other form of exercise I’ve witnessed?”
After teaching yoga for eighteen years, I finally feel like I know some of the answers.
Weight loss is traditionally focused as a physical “problem” and tends to be directed to only focusing on physical aspects, diet and exercise education, without attention to the emotional and spiritual needs of each individual.
Diet and exercise are valuable information of course, but they do not get to the root of the matter of why a person is overeating.
So how does yoga lose weight?
I believe that weight loss is an emotional and spiritual issue and needs to be met for spiritual and emotional purposes.
Otherwise, it is like putting a square key (diet and education in exercises) in a round hole (spiritual and emotional vacuum).
The two simply do not fit together, or at least not for long-term permanent weight loss.
Yoga is an exercise that stimulates and satisfies the person mentally, emotionally and spiritually, while also satisfying physically.
When individuals feel satisfied at all these levels, they increase their sense of self-esteem, so they have less need to overeat or abuse their bodies, as they had been doing in the past.
Weight loss begins to occur naturally due to an increase in self-esteem and love that is cultivated by practicing yoga, and especially during silence in Savasana and meditation.
The definition of yoga, according to the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali says: ” Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind ”
Yoga uses postures (asanas), ujjayi breathing (pranayama) and a crosshair (dristi) to train the mind to remain still, then union (yoga) can occur between the mind, body and spirit, and the union between you and your God.
Note how Patanjali does not say “The one who makes the best handstand wins!”
Yoga is really a mental discipline first because it is about reassuring the mind so that you can learn to concentrate in the present moment, inside and outside the classroom, without living in the past and without fearing the future.
The Course in Miracles says: “We have undisciplined lives because we have undisciplined minds”
Yoga and meditation train your mind on how to concentrate so that you can bring discipline to your mind and to all areas of your life, especially health.
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I believe that weight loss begins with the cessation of the talk in the mind as well, especially the negative talk with oneself, which was developed as a habit of hatred over the years, usually derived from childhood.
Be very aware that your thought patterns (consciousness) are not only in your mind, but they are also impregnated in every cell of your body.
However, YOU have the power to change them through a continuous effort and with the consciousness of creating new, positive and reinforcing thought patterns, and it only takes a continuous practice, like yoga.
Think of your mind as if it were a cassette player and eject the tape from the negative talk and replace it with a new positive one, with good thoughts about yourself and your life.
In Louise Hay’s book “You can heal your life” which is simple but very bright, she suggests saying 100 times a day the following ” I love and accept myself exactly as I am “, especially as you look at yourself in the mirror, with your finger in the throat chakra, which is the seed for transformation.
In addition to this, she suggests affirming ” I am in the perfect weight ” to lose weight.
The words “I am” represent the divine within you, your higher self, then be very aware that you are not using those words in a negative context such as “I am fat,” I am stupid, “and” I am lazy”.
Be careful not to defame your “I am,” because your body and your life are listening to you , so choose your thoughts and words wisely.
Your body follows your mind, not the other way around, then continue to love yourself to reach your ideal weight.
I can not even begin to tell you the power of the said statements with conviction, they can actually produce miracles in your life, sometimes even instantly!
Say them while you’re bathing, while you’re getting ready for work, while you’re walking outside in nature, in your car, or just before falling asleep.
What makes yoga a spiritual practice is breathing, otherwise it would only be physical exercise.
The breath is the bridge or link between the mind, the body, the spiritual union.
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Each time you inhale with awareness, you are drawing in higher states of consciousness through prana (universal life force) helping you to cultivate your higher self to be more predominant in your life.
Your higher self is the part of you that wants only the best for you and knows without any doubt that you are divine, perfect, whole and complete, just as you are at this moment.
This is the best gift of yoga, divine love, which does not judge you and is unconditional.
Yoga helps you to teach yourself to love yourself and to know you better.
In turn, when you exhale with awareness, you are freeing yourself from the tension in the body and the thought patterns based on fear (ego), in past experiences, and in behaviors that do not serve to improve you, such as addictions.
So the metaphor for the breathing of yoga can be summarized as follows:
- Inhale – draw in a new force of life, healthy habits, new life experiences, new career opportunities, new relationships, improved self-esteem, and a greater connection with your spirit and with the courage to live according to your wishes. heart.
- Exhale – release and voluntarily let go of all of the following: fear, negative chats, exhausting relationships, carefree or unintended careers, stress, unhealthy habits and addictions such as, overeating or not eating enough, drinking alcohol, obsessive exercise, compulsive shopping, smoking and getting high, to name a few.
There is a saying in yoga that says: “Your bad habits are going to lose you”. I have experienced that personally and have witnessed that in many of my students as well.
More divine love equals fewer bad habits.
Every time you leave a yoga class you are a different person than you were when you started class because a change of consciousness has occurred in the mind.
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The body has also been infused with prana, changing you to a cellular level. In just 1-2 hours, a powerful rebirth or something similar has taken place, allowing you to feel happy, calm, satisfied, connected with God and more clear about your purpose on this planet.
Think of yourself as if you were a chrysalis in a cocoon heading to a powerful process of metamorphosis, waiting to emerge and accept the person you are.
Yoga can help you facilitate this transformation process by helping you get rid of those layers of your life and your being that are not doing you any good.
Anais Nin said: “And the day came when the risk of remaining firmly in an outbreak was more painful than the risk of blossoming”
I wish you much success in the changes to your new lifestyle. It’s time to blossom!
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