When I first started yoga, one of my goals was finding another way to lose weight. I was the diet expert and had virtually tried them all. I began exercising regularly in my twenties and exercised excessively so I could eat more.
All my diets and exercising gradually made me fatter.
For the first time in my life, I am now managing to eat what I want without gaining weight. Yoga has taught me how to become more mindful and listen to my body’s needs.
Yes, a fast paced yoga class can become a blend of cardio, weight bearing, stretching and relaxing and believe it or not each of these can facilitate weight loss. Did you know that a slower practice with an emphasis on longer holds and deeper work can also help us stay slim? So often, we put on fat around our mid section as a response to stress. As we learn tools to reduce stress, we can minimize bulging bellies. Yoga can help us become more attentive and help us in all aspects of our lives.
The Zoomer Report: Yoga and Weight Gain by Libby Znaimer has some interesting references that support my personal findings.