Month: May 2013

Yoga makes you skinny

While science has only begun to validate what yoga and ayurvedic practitioners have known for 1000s of years, one thing is blatantly obvious: a regular yoga practice reduces your weight.

The amazing thing? It doesn’t even have to be an intense, vigorous, 1000 chaturangas in an hour yoga practice. Gentle yoga (even restorative yoga!) if done consistently, is enough to reduce your weight.

How?

As Matthew Sanford said, “Yoga isn’t about putting your leg behind your head…it’s about bringing awareness to your movements, noticing what feels good, and living fully in your own body— whatever body that may be.”

By doing yoga, you gain two weight-busting advantages with no extra effort:

First, as Sanford notes, you gain a better understanding of your body. Your awareness of sensation in your body is heightened. Bye bye cravings- you’ll see them coming a mile away and you’ll be better prepared. You’ll start to see patterns emerge… such as when you’re thirsty, you crave sweets. More amazingly, when you love your body you crave foods that nourish your body. Hint: sugary, fattening foods (ahem, cupcakes) are not nourishing. And when you do crave a cupcake once every blue moon, you won’t feel bad indulging because with your heightened awareness, you’ll enjoy every bite that. much. more.

Second, yoga reduces stress. Duh. When you’re stressed, a nice little hormone called cortisol comes out to play with the fat on your tummy. So what happens when you stress less? Less cortisol= less belly fat. A study by the National Institutes of Health found women who consistently practiced yoga burned nearly 2 ½ times more body fat than the control group (these Zen ladies were only doing restoratives!)

The most important thing if you want to lose weight? Get best treadmills for home. For fifteen minutes. For two hours. As long as you’re there, you’re blasting fat.

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Five tips to improve your health today

Recently, Will Lenzen of FounderHealth.co interviewed me about my entrepreneurial endeavor (CB!) and my health habits as a yoga instructor.  As part of the podcast, Will always ask the same question to all interviewees: What is one thing founders can do this week to improve their health?

While the podcast episode won’t be out until August, it got me thinking about how else I wanted to answer that question.  You’ll have to wait until August to hear my answer, but here’s five for the road, folks:

1. Wear a non-chemical sunscreen every day.  I like this one made by Josie Maran.  Physical blockers (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) don’t contain any endocrine disruptors.  Happy face, happy hormones.

2. Buy fresh flowers at least once a month.  A luxury? Maybe.  A mood booster? Definitely.  If fresh flowers are too expensive, consider a potted plant.  Snake plants, Easter Lilies and many others boast improved air quality.  Orchids are beautiful and cheap (helllooo Trader Joes! tip: buy a grow light if you can handle the hue- your orchid will bloom forever!).

3. Find somewhere to walk to once a day.  Maybe it’s to the store.  Maybe it’s on the treadmill. Maybe it’s around the block.  Wherever you go, make it a fun experience- wear comfortable shoes, charge up your iPod or grab your FitBit and feel even more accomplished.  It doesn’t matter how far you go- really.  If you make it a pleasurable experience, you’ll find yourself getting out and around more often, and that’s when you’ll start to see the real health benefits. Bonus: Walking outside balances melatonin, improving your circadian rhythm (read: better sleep quality!).

4. All water is not created equal. Drink LOTS of clean, non-fluoridated water.  Make it easy.  Have a water provider deliver a dispenser and a few five gallon jugs.  Set your account  on auto-pay.  Go out and buy some pretty tea bags in delicious non-caffeinated flavors.  Stock up on stevia, monk fruit or honey.  In no time at all, you’ll watch your appetite disappear and energy improve.

5. Smile. It’s the fastest way to feel happy, get calm and look gorgeous.…

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