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The Skinny

Yoga for Weight Loss

People practice yoga for many ‘mind and body’ health changing solutions. Some people practice yoga to help them achieve mental clarity and improve their ability to concentrate. Others prefer to practice yoga simply because they want to exercise.

If your reason for doing yoga is to lose weight, you have to consider exercises that not only help you to achieve peace of mind and stretch your muscles, but also serve as a good workout to help you shed those extra pounds.

Yoga Classes and Exercising

Yoga is not a high-intensity exercise; however yoga classes usually run from 75 to 90 minutes of non- stop activity. This means that you will be working your muscles all-throughout this period. Whilst you perform these exercises, they will lengthen, strengthen and balance not only your muscles but your entire body.

You may also do core work by practicing chaturanga poses. Like any other weight loss activity, you may have to indulge in practicing these yoga exercises 4 to 5 times a week in conjunction with eating a portion-controlled balanced diet.

Experts suggest that the best first step towards losing weight is to increase one’s physical activity, so choosing yoga for weight loss is a good first step! All you have to do now is to choose the right exercises to perform.

Yoga Styles Ideal for Weight Loss

Vinyasa and Ashtanga are two styles of yoga that are ideal for people wanting to lose weight. These classes will usually last for 90 minutes.
Indulging in Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga will also provide you with cardiovascular benefits as you burn those calories. At the same time you will be still stretching and toning your muscles. Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga can also provide you with some weight bearing exercises to improve your bone health.

Yoga Improves Digestive Health to Help Promote Weight Loss

Yoga classes expose your body to different kinds of moves, such as forward twists and bends. These moves help release gas by compressing your abdomen. There are also yoga moves that will enhance blood flow to your digestive tract and bowels thereby improving your digestive health.
A weak gastrointestinal tract can hamper your body’s ability to lose weight. This is because a weakened or damaged gastrointestinal tract can lead to poor digestion which can inhibit weight loss. With the help of several yoga moves you will be able to stimulate your gastrointestinal tract and unleash its vital force to help improve your overall digestive health.

For best results, start performing your yoga exercises on an empty stomach.

Yoga Teaches You To Focus On Your Body

One subtle factor that yoga has that will power up your weight loss efforts is its ability to make you focus on your body. This allows you to be more aware of your body and how it feels as you go through your daily activities. This self-awareness will lead to a shift in the way you treat your body.

You will more likely begin to eat only when you are hungry and not just because you feel the desire to eat that delicious snack. It will soon become easier for you to feel satisfied and stop eating before you feel overfull.

Regular practice of yoga can significantly help in your development of ‘mindfulness’ especially during mealtimes. You will become more conscious of your habits in regards to your food preparation, portion sizes and your manner of eating.

If you follow a nutritional plan and practice your yoga exercises regularly, yoga can definitely help you lose weight.

Yours in good health, Elle

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You are great!

One of the most well known confidence building exercises is to list your own strengths and natural abilities. By looking at the list it can make you say “Wow, I really am good!” Another great way of building your confidence and getting in touch with how great you really are is to ask friends, colleagues and people who you know for feedback on your strengths and natural abilities.
Your practical assignment is to list 5 people who you know and trust for this exercise. Make sure they are from different areas of your life.
List them below:
  1. A FAMILY MEMBER
  1. A FRIEND
  1. A WORK COLLEAGUE 
  1. AN ASSOCIATE 
  1. A SOCIAL CONTACT
You might at this stage be feeling a little nervous about asking these people for feedback. Don’t worry, because you will be only asking for your strengths.
JUST GO FOR IT!
So, how do you go about it?
Well, below is a list of questions that I’d like you to ask to each of your list. I recommend that you meet or talk on the phone with each beforehand and explain the context of the exercise and then either ask them verbally or give them the questions and either fill in the sheet of paper or email you with their feedback.
They will feel honored that you have asked them and the feedback that you will receive will truly make you feel fabulous and full of confidence. Rightly or wrongly, we live in a society where other peoples’ opinions count to our self esteem and confidence. By completing this exercise you will get some really good insight into some of your strengths. Often you receive valuable information on the strengths that you didn’t even know you had!
EXTERNAL FEEDBACK QUESTIONS 
  • What do you perceive to be my greatest strengths? 
  • What do you like most about me? 
  • What do you value most about me? 
  • What three words sum up the positive points about me? 
  • If you needed help with something, what would you call me to help you with? 
After you have received all of the feedback it is now time to reflect on what has been written or said:
How do you feel about it?
Are there any surprises?
Do you feel confident about your abilities?
How can you use this information going forward?
How can you maximize your strengths?
If these people think you have these strengths, so do a lot of other people as well – how does that make you feel? 
What are the key insights you have learned?  What will you do now that is different to what you have done before?
Feel free to post your answers below I look forward to reading your progress!  Xo, Elle