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Yoga: How I lost 30 Pounds-Never Saw Them Again

In January of 2008 I set off for a long trip to India to study in Mysore, when I returned in late February I was 30 pounds lighter and I have kept that weight off ever since. It’s been 7 years!

A friend who knew me “before” and then “after”, recently asked how did this happened. Exploring her question led me to understand that it was not just because of the yoga, or the food, and certainly not because I was mean or deprecating to myself.

Here is what I learned and the new healthy habits I implemented to allow the release to happen.

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Yoga And Weight Loss Infographic

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11Steps YogaWeightLossThis goes together with a post I wrote a few weeks ago with 11 tips to help when it comes to finding our optimal weight.

This except comes from the first point:

Think about this:

If you tell yourself that you want to “loose” weight…

What happens in general… In life… when you “loose something“?

You have to… FIND IT!!!

Right?

What would be the point of loosing something that we are pre-programmed to “find” again?

 

Instead think of it this way:  I AM READY TO “RELEASE” WEIGHT

 

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My Big Fat Wheat Belly

Even though I lost 30 pounds since I started yoga, without trying, just through the practice, the one thing that never seems to go away is the belly.   Apparently I am not the only one to notice this phenomenon.
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William Davids, the author of Wheat Belly (and a cardiologist) opens his book by directing our attention to previous generations, the one living in the 50’s in particular, he says, and I paraphrase: look at the pictures, do you remember how people were a lot thinner? how obese children were the rarity rather than the norm?

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21 Things I wish someone told me before I started practicing Ashtanga yoga

I was completely intrigued by Ashtanga at first sight, starting with its brutal schedule, its lack of poetry (no “feel the earth’s energy flow through you” ever heard in a class) and mythological superstition, as in:  no new poses to be taught on Tuesdays because it is ruled by Mars which is the God of war.
Finally!,  I thought to myself, a very specific approach which, in spite of having a lot in common with all other styles, has one single element that makes it stand out: it is done as a self-practice where each student arrives in their own time and does his or her practice while the teacher comes around to adjust individually. Known as the Mysore style (due to its birth-place in India), I ventured into it with an open heart one April fool’s day.  Looking back there are a few things I wish someone had whispered in my ear as I embarked on such a colossal journey, these are 21 of the most notorious:
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