Nourishing Yoga is a kinder gentler approach to health and fitness that focuses on taking care of ourselves, not beating ourselves up.
We tend to be so hard on ourselves, focusing on our perceived weaknesses and faults, instead of celebrating our strengths. We think that if we just keep working harder, eating less, and denying ourselves, we will lose weight and everything will be perfect.
After a lifetime of struggle, I have learned that diets just don't work. In fact, studies show that most of us end up gaining more weight than we lost following a diet. It's time to get off the rollercoaster of deprivation and bingeing. It's time to take care of ourselves, find balance and stop our extreme behaviors.
Nourishing Yoga incorporates the mind/body approach of yoga as its primary vehicle for health and wellness.
Studies show that yoga can be as effective as weight training in helping you lose weight. Yoga is a wonderful overall form of exercise that can work for everybody and anybody. You don't have to be super flexible or super fit to do yoga. Poses can be modified to accommodate any body and fitness level.
Yoga can help with strength, balance, and flexibility while helping to calm your mind and reduce stress. It doesn't require lots of special equipment; all you need is a mat and comfortable clothing. You don’t need special shoes because yoga is practiced in bare feet. You don't need weights–by using your own body weight as resistance, you can strengthen, lengthen and tone your muscles.
It is totally noncompetitive. One of the tenets of yoga is 'ahimsa' or non-violence. The goal is to practice with awareness but without judgment, force or strain.
Yoga can have you feeling and looking better in no time. Many clients report positive results after just one or two sessions. A consistent yoga practice can make it easier to change other aspects of your life for the better.
I remember years ago, my yoga teacher saying, don't worry about your unhealthy habits—just keep practicing yoga and what needs to leave your life will. I didn't understand how it would happen.
In time, I started adopting healthy habits—unhealthy foods didn't taste as good any more, I wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables. I wanted to eat more slowly. I didn't want to eat late at night. I wanted to take better care of myself. I was introduced to high quality vitamins and supplements. All of this seemed to happen without struggle and was very different from my previous experiences with traditional diets.
The Nourishing Yoga healthy weight loss/nourishment system approaches the weight loss journey, as a practice like yoga. We didn't get to where we are overnight, so we can't expect to make lasting changes in an instant either.
By focusing on increasing our awareness regarding our current eating habits and making gradual healthy changes we start to develop a healthy relationship with food and with ourselves. We work to develop strategies that support us and focus on really nourishing our bodies, minds and spirits.
What we resist persists. That is why a strategy that focuses on 'willpower' and deprivation doesn't work in the long run. Instead, by focusing on understanding our emotions and cravings we can often make peace with them. We explore ways to nourish our whole selves, not just our stomachs. With time and commitment we find we are creating a life that works to support our health and fitness in a nourishing and compassionate way.
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