Yoga for Weight Loss: Flow and Let it Go
Have you ever felt out of balance: bloated and cluttered, without a clear mental focus?
A regular yoga practice doesn’t simply make you look lean and flexible, but also helps you feel that way from the inside out. Don’t worry, we’re not here to tell you to strive for a “yoga body” like the images splashed all over social media.
Yogis come in all shapes and sizes. Yoga is for every body and there’s a style and type of practice that works for each individual. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, we feel heavy and lethargic and our ability to concentrate diminishes too. Life sometimes feels beyond our control when major transitions occur, like job changes, relationship shifts, and dramatic world news. In yoga, this state is a surplus of tamasic or heavy, solid energy. Even if we are doing our best to take care of ourselves, external influences accumulate and can leave us feeling heavy inside and out.
By engaging in more vigorous activity on the yoga mat, you can dislodge whatever is weighing you down––physically, mentally, and spiritually. Active styles of yoga help kick your body into self-cleansing mode and stimulate your digestive, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. It’s vital to remove toxins from your body.
Certain postures encourage the release of waste and toxins, which may be slowing you down. Try twists to enhance liver and kidney function and stimulate your digestion. Forward folds are excellent to compress your abdominal organs and encourage elimination. Inversions reverse the flow of fluids from the feet and legs toward the heart.
Seventy-five percent of our immune system is located in our gut. If we’re filling our bellies with processed chemical-filled food, we not only gain weight, we compromise our ability to combat disease. Combining nutritious, balanced meals with dynamic yoga postures is an excellent way to feel and look your best.
Say goodbye to bloat, stagnation, and emotional negativity. The more energized you feel, the more you’ll want to maintain a steady routine of yoga and wellness to contribute to your well-being, helping you feel better and more confident in the skin you’re in and help you uncover your most buoyant, luminous self. You deserve to feel your best!