AND WEIGHT LOSS
Everyone knows that Yoga is a way to reduce stress and is a form of exercise.
And of course exercise means losing weight. And on its surface, that
is true, but the correlation between yoga and weight loss runs deeper
than that. In a recent interview with Michael Wohl, the President of
bodywisdom media, the subject of yoga and how it relates to weight loss
came up. Here is the section of the interview:
Yoga affects weight loss on a number of levels, as you
might begin to expect at this point.
1) Physically yoga builds muscle and burns calories
(depending on one's intensity of practice, duration,
2) Physiologically yoga affects our body's chemistry.
In connection to weight loss, the most commonly studied
mechanism is cortisol levels. Once again, thinking about
this from an evolutionary stand point, it makes sense.
For millennia, if early humans were stressed, it was
often associated with conditions that might limit the
availability of food. So what would our bodies do? Take
whatever food comes in and store it as fat to be used
during difficult times. It turns out that cortisol levels
seems to be the linking mechanism between stress and
holding on to fat. In our modern lives where stress is
a day-to-day mode of living, our elevated stress levels
cause an increase of cortisol and hence weight retention.
Yoga counteracts this whole process.
3) Perhaps most importantly, yoga brings awareness to
our actions. So much eating is habitual and somewhat
unconscious. When asked what is enlightenment, a master
responded, "Eat when you are hungry, sleep when
you are tired." Though this is deceptively simple,
the underlying truth is that most of us eat when it says
so on the clock and sleep when our TV shows are done.
Healthy, conscious eating is probably one of the single
greatest benefits of yoga relating to weight loss.
bodywisdom media took theses principles and applied them,
together with the expertise of Mary Pappas-Sandonas, and
Complete For Weight Loss™