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Yoga for weight management: myths & truths

Sweat, detox, push, high energy, power, go to the edge are too often the words used to describe yoga classes for weight loss and weight management. Yet let’s think about this. Exhaustion, stress, and depletion is one of the main culprits for weight gain and difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight (whether over weight or under weight).  And contrary to popular ideas, detoxification occurs through the liver and kidneys, urination and defecation. Very little of detoxification comes from sweat, mostly shallow, and toxins that come from contact. So if you stress the kidneys and liver from extreme sweat or high energy exercise which exhausts the system and dehydrates the body, exactly what has been accomplished?

STRESS! Digestion slows down, immune system becomes less efficient, and our ability to make rational and conscious decisions is impaired. Gentle more accessible yoga practices reduce hormonal stimulation (HPA and the release of cortisol) of the body (Ross and Thomas, 2010).

What science is discovering is yoga practices which are gentle on the nervous system, that introduce introspection and body awareness, and allow for self compassion & self reflection have better results in achieving and maintaining healthy weight and body image.

Consider slowing down and really checking in with you, rather than fads & trends.

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Ross, A., & Thomas, S. (2010). The health benefits of yoga and exercise: A review of comparison studies. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(1), 3-12.

Though introduced to yoga over 30 years ago, Martha has been teaching yoga since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga training in 2003 and is now an E-RYT 500. Additional education: M.S. in Health Psychology, Integrative Health Coach and Mindful Awareness Meditation instructor (Duke Integrative Medicine), and over 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training. She has a school for 200 hour and beginning in the winter of 2014, a 300 hour advanced yoga certification which will award a cumulative 500 hour teacher training in compliance with Yoga Alliance. Martha's envisions yoga as a form of health, healing and well being for all people. Her students range from health professionals to yoga practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga. See all of our yoga classes.

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