“Weighing” Our Yoga
by Denise Johnson, RYT 200
Special thanks to our wonderful Yoga Instructor, Denise Johnson, for writing this article as well as her ongoing contributions to My Stronger Self and all our fabulous members!
Make sure to catch her Yoga Classes on Friday’s at 930am and Saturday’s at 9:45am.
Yoga – Brighton MI
“We have seen it over and over again. Yoga classes packed to the max right after the first of the New Year! Finding “yoga dropouts” re-enrolling in yoga classes as well as new students, exploring the possibility that through a yoga practice, they will shed some unwanted pounds. Knowing, that as a dedicated Yoga Instructor, the increased enrollment in yoga classes at that time of year is a golden opportunity to assure newcomers that a yoga practice can aid in weight loss and maintenance. The teachable moment is the opportunity to instruct students in the many health and wellness benefits realized through the daily practice of yoga.
We have been inundated with weight loss remedies. After all is said and done, we know what we need to do in order to shed unwanted pounds, and maintain a healthy weight. Yes, we need to burn up more calories than we take in! No surprise, and we apologize that we could not think of a more exciting way to approach weight loss. But it is a tried and true system! Still, returning to the core of our discussion, can the practice of yoga really burn enough calories for us to lose that extra weight?
–a yoga practice naturally creates a balance in our bodies by reducing stress and calming the mind
Some of us may use a yummy, high calorie, high fat content food item to placate our stress level, take our minds away from worries for a time. Yoga helps us to recognize the emotional connection we may have with food. Do we eat because we are really hungry, or because it just looks so good!
–a yoga practice increases mindfulness during eating
Through our yoga practice, we learn to embrace the present moment, and to carry that mindfulness off our mat as well. We use this mindfulness to help us make healthier food choices.
–a yoga practice increases core strength, flexibility and builds lean muscle
Muscle burns more calories.
–a yoga practice cleanses and strengthens the digestive system
Helps your organs to break down and assimilate food, vitamins and minerals. Try to eliminate processed foods and replace with whole foods, (you know, fish, chicken, fruit, veggies, lots of salad!).
–a yoga practice allows us to learn more about our bodies, to accept the fact that maintaining a healthy weight is a life time process, there is no fast and easy “fix”.
It is a commitment we make to ourselves on and off our yoga mat.”
My Stronger Self Fitness Studio is committed to providing you with everything you need (both mind and body) to be successful in your health and fitness journey. We have all the tools … strength training, cardio, yoga, nutritional guidance and accountability and personal attention … to help ensure you reach your goals no matter what they may be. Our entire staff is dedicated to your success and will continue to push ourselves to always bring you the very best of what you need to be a stronger, healthier YOU!