We’ve all seen it. That ‘Yoga Body’: sculpted, lit up from the inside out. Looks something like this.
Madonna’s ‘Yoga Arms’ are so, so pretty.
She and Jennifer Anniston and Julia Roberts and Princess Kate and a bevy of other beauties attribute their bodies to their Yoga. And I want in.
Whereas the results of patient, consistent practice over a long period of time are undeniable, it seems a little disingenuous to focus on the results of regular yoga practice. It becomes external reaching instead of internal seeking – then everything gets all jumbled up.
But, I am all for whatever gets you on the mat. I am as vain as the next. I suffer from distorted and obsessive body image issues (there, I said it) but I engage in and teach this healthy beautiful yoga practice and guess what – I am getting better and my arms and back make me proud. Proud to be strong and yes a little strapping.
My yoga practice might be healing me from the inside out, but guess what?
Yoga can cause weight loss.
Yoga can give you Jennifer Aniston’s body.
Yoga can improve your life and relationships.
I realize I may be preaching to the choir but I must say that incorporating yoga into your lifestyle can benefit you in many ways. Increasing your flexibility, keeping you stronger and stress free. It can also help you lose weight, and keep the pounds off. If you practice yoga several times a week doing exercises that raise your heart rate, such as vinyasa or flow yoga, you can shed those pounds.
One of my teachers whose physique and spirit I completely admire – hasn’t run a mile since high school but she has practiced her Ashtanga Primary Series everyday uninterrupted for almost 9 years. Besides being gorgeous and sculpted in everyway, she looks like she has a light bulb in her mouth. She is a special soul and I realize not everyone gets bit so hard by the yoga bug but I want in. All the way.
Regarding weight loss – one of most profound ripple effects of regular yoga practice is the development of mindful eating habits. All of the focus on the breath and being ripe in the present moment really tunes you into your own personal nutritive needs – your own constitution of you will. Your body is brilliant. It will message you for what it needs. Listen to it. Besides it’s trendy and cool and you will be oh so hip if you mention you are into mindful eating.
I am drunk with love for yoga and all it’s benefits.
Choose heaven today. Roll out your mat. Tune it. Nourish. See what happens next. Your body follows your mind and your life will respond in kind. Light and bright.
Do you believe yoga can help you lose weight?