Yoga and Meditation for Weightloss
(Healingtalks) RecentlyThe Trust for American Health issued a report which stated that there is an epidemic of obesity in the United States 38 states have obesity rates over 25%. In 15 years, seven states have actually doubled their rate of obesity, and ten states have doubled their diabetes rates. Americans are thus considering new and innovative ways to arrive at weight loss, going beyond regular dieting, reducing food intake and visiting the gym. Among those alternatives are the following:
Yoga exercising is on the rise in the US. You can glimpse this when you see others in gyms, parks or at home practicing yoga. Different postures and controlled breathing help to achieve more heath and well-being – along with relaxation. Additionally, yoga practitioners can experience weight loss when practicing what is called “power yoga” or with the more intense forms of such exercise, offering a better workout than other forms of yoga.
Ancient yoga has been proven to help lose weight and improve health, as confirmed by a 2005 survey of over 15,500 participants who had practiced yoga extensively and lost, on average, about 5 pounds, while the control group put on an additional 14 pounds.
Meditation is the art of fostering certain states of consciousness. There occurs a change in our inner state. This is accomplished by different means including deep contemplation, breathing, states of silence and intense chanting. The practioners then can become more relaxed, aware and inner centered.
Meditation may involve prolonged stillness, inner silence. Meditation can help with overcoming or coping with stress, levels of depression, moodiness and many forms of anxiety. Another benefit is the clarity of mind which meditations elicit, helping to put one in a mentally more functional state.
For our modern times
Yoga and meditations may be adopted to our times to help overcome modern ills.By promoting deep relaxation and clearer inner consciousness, we can assist the body and mind’s healing processes.
- Clear Mind Meditation Techniques
- Study of Yoga and Weightloss Framson et al. Development and Validation of the Mindful Eating Questionnaire. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2009; 109 (8): 1439 DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.05.006
- Obesity Statistics in America