Fascinating stuff, right?
More precisely, I down dogged along with Rodney Yee.
He was in a serene tropical setting, telling me when to shift and breathe.
I was in my bedroom, hoping the cat wasn’t going to think I was on the floor because it happened to be play time. (She seems to think that me being on her level means I am just itching to rub her belly – oh you silly kitty!)
Now my main goal in doing my session was to increase my flexibility and to enhance my strength. (Also, I was totally not in the mood to go to the gym) If you didn’t know, yoga is super for both. And if you dare doubt, check out some of the more advanced poses and you will soon be a believer!
Anyways, another benefit of my practice could, say researchers, be weight loss.
Yoga isn’t necessarily known for torching calories quite like, say, running. But this isn’t all about calorie burn. And eating is not only about hunger – can you say stress, anxiety, boredom etc.?
Dr. Alan Kristal, the lead author of a study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center explains:
In other words, yogees are more in tune with what they eat and why they eat. They are more in touch with the social and emotional reasons behind eating.
"When you practice mindful eating, you eat because you're actually hungry versus responding to cues like being emotionally distressed or bored or because there is a candy dish in front of you," Kristal says. “Mindfulness is a skill that augments the usual approaches by encouraging you to build positive relationships with food and eating.”
Yoga is by no means a cure all to your food woes. However, it most certainly will benefit your body and likely will benefit you in the kitchen, too. Being more mindful, more aware, is a good thing - it's beyond easy to just shove food in your mouth without even giving it a thought. Yoga might help you be more conscious of what you're doing and could potentially slow you down during meal times (or any time food is in reach).