A: Yoga can trim and tone your body. Research shows that yoga can help stop middle-age spread. Overweight folks who regularly practiced yoga for 10 years between ages 45 and 55 lost five pounds on average, compared to a 14-pound gain for those who didn’t, according to a 2005 study from Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Practicing yoga helps to increase your sensitivity to your inner signals such as hunger and cravings. It can help us discern what we are truly hungry for. It also helps slow you down mentally so you can learn to distinguish between the urge to eat and the emotional impulses that sometimes drive us to eat to “stuff our feelings.”
As you spend time doing yoga, you begin to see that it is about much more than just the body – the practice in fact reveals that the body is in no way separate from the psychospiritual forces that animate it. Consider not only your physical body when thinking and focusing on weight loss, but also your spirit. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to lose weight?” Is it for self-image, to boost your energy, to find a relationship?
Q: I spend the summers in North Carolina near a big city. The simplest things, like finding a yoga studio, can turn into challenges when there is a lack of the familiar. How might I go about finding yoga when I’m away from Yoga from the Heart? I know there is none like yours but I want to find one that works reasonably and I know not all yoga teachers are created equal! I’m picky after being at your place!
A: Be patient finding the right fit. Don’t go it alone – ask friends for recommendations
There are a number of yoga directories out there, but I haven’t found any of them to be very useful. They either provide little more than an address, and/or their listings are very sparse. So, for now, I’d actually rather use Google. When/if you use Google, search for “Traditional Yoga,” or “Hatha Yoga,” or “Alignment Based Yoga.”
Once you find a studio or studios, feel them out. Before you commit to a studio, drop in for a class, or even just stop by and talk with the teachers and the people hanging around.