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Yoga for Weight Loss

Is yoga good for weight loss? Read on to find out.

Yoga is not just a set of exercises but a system of personal development, which helps you reach a union of the body, mind and spirit. To learn how yoga can help you lose weight, read the interview with Brandt Bhanu Passalaccqua, the author of Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga.

Questions for Brandt Bhanu Passalaccqua, the author of Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga.

What kinds of yoga are the most beneficial for weight loss? Why?

In my experience, a yoga practice that helps with stress reduction is best. For some this is gentle or restorative, but for others a slightly challenging practice may be helpful. You know you are doing the right practice if you observe your energy level going up and stress levels diminishing.

What does a person need to start doing yoga?

Some basic instruction from a teacher is best. A book or DVD can be helpful if you are feeling positive effects. The only props one needs are a mat and blankets or cushions to sit on and prop.

How often does a person need to do yoga? How much time does it take?

Consistency is the main thing. Ideally, do a short session every day. These sessions must include a relaxation sequence, usually at the end. One should feel less tired and more energized after the practice.

What postures would you recommend most?

Postures are not as important as the breath moving freely. Everything starts there.

How long does it take before any visible weight loss results are achieved?

I usually see people changing their eating habits within 2 weeks. How fast the weight loss goes is highly individual. I haven’t had a client who wasn’t feeling better quickly though.

Does yoga suit everybody? Are there any limitations?

If you can breath, you can do yoga. People with medical issues need to consult a yoga therapist to be given a practice suitable for them.

How can yoga help overweight people change their eating habits and lifestyle?

Yoga practice is a practice of awakening. As we become more attuned to and balanced, our physical selves, our mental and spiritual selves begin to balance as well. Unhealthy choices and patterns begin to resolve. Anxiety based eating diminishes. Taking care of ourselves, including food choices, becomes not only a priority, but an easy spiritual practice.

What advice would you give to the people who are about to make their first step?

Take it slow. Start with deep relaxation and some simple postures. Forget about food changes until you have a yoga practice that works for you. The steadiness of that will help you through your dietary change.

What would you recommend to help people stay motivated?

Some sort of community is useful. Yoga or meditation class and centers are great. A teacher is also helpful.

What diet would you recommend? Why?

It should be a gradual transition. A whole foods diet that makes you feel good when you eat. Different people need different diets, but no one needs processed non-nutritious foods. The core of our diet should be whole foods basically the way nature made them. I’m also a fan of eating foods that are grown in a way that is harmless to the environment and farming practices that are sustainable.

What books on yoga would you recommend?

  • Donna Farhi. Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit : A Return to Wholeness.
  • Edward Espe Brown. Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings.
  • Mukunda Stiles. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: With Great Respect and Love.
  • Gary Kraftsow. Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh. Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.
  • Brandt Bhanu Passalaccqua. Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga.

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