Practicing yoga offers many benefits: stress reduction,
increased energy and awareness, increased flexibility, focused mind
and strong body. But with so many types of yoga in the modern world,
choosing and beginning a program can be confusing and difficult —
and misunderstandings abound. Do you have to practice postures
(asanas) in a hot room for an hour and a half to enjoy the benefits of
this ancient art – No. A successful yoga practice supports the goals of the practitioner without rigidity.
Consistent yoga practice can boost your efforts tremendously by helping
you recognize the causes of stress in your life and observe the thoughts
that cause stress — and use the knowledge to calm your carb cravings.
When we develop awareness, we can make conscious choices around
food and feel more in control of our lives.
Breath work is also an important component of yoga. Yoga trains the
mind to recognize where and when we hold our breath. The less access
we have to the breath, the more stress is stored in the body. Yoga teaches
us to fill ourselves up with breath instead of high-carb food. Yoga can
inform us when we are becoming stressed so we can make the choice to
sit and breathe, meditate or do physical yoga postures. Focusing on the
breath dissolves our cravings and reduces stress. We naturally reach for
more nourishing foods. If we hold the breath, then we become unaware
of our cravings — and old eating patterns take over. Cultivating
awareness while we move in yoga postures is just as important as the
movement, especially for those wanting to change eating patterns.
More Yoga Information
Yoga Health Benefits: Flexibility, Strength, Posture, and More
Benefits of Yoga – Why Yoga Exercise is Good for You
Health Benefits of Yoga
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