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Abolish New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2014! The holidays are history and it’s time to get reacquainted with our routines. It’s also the time of year when there is a lot of pressure to make resolutions to change “bad” habits.

The experts tell us that resolutions almost always fail. My personal experience certainly bears that out. We start off with the best of intentions but eventually go off the track, which leads to feeling like a failure. It’s far better to set ourselves up for success when changing behaviors.

A regular yoga and pranayama (breathing) practice will help. But please be warned, it’s not a quick fix. As with any permanent change, it’s important to understand the real reason driving the behavior. Yoga teaches us to observe ourselves mindfully and without judgment. In this way, we can get to the root cause of the behavior and make permanent change possible.

Since so many people “resolve” to lose weight at the beginning of every year, January’s blog will focus on how yoga can help. And – even if losing weight isn’t of interest – the principles of observation and mindfulness can be applied to any behavior or situation you want to examine more deeply.

 “Yoga and meditation have tremendous potential to help with weight loss. The mindfulness that yoga brings, you keep that mindfulness, not only during the time you’re doing yoga, but you carry it through the day.” Amit Sood, M.D., Internist, the Mayo Clinic

The Yoga Approach to Weight Loss

Yoga philosophy is against setting specific weight loss goals. For example, I will lose “x” pounds by “x” date. Doing so creates attachment to the outcome, which may or may not happen.

Instead, yoga suggests setting an intention for a controllable action. For example, you may decide to walk 10 minutes every other day or eliminate bread at lunch.  It is possible to control the action but not how our weight responds. Yoga is not a quick fix, but it does assure that if we do the work, the future will take care of itself.

Next week, we’ll examine metabolism and the role a yoga practice can play in impacting it. In the meantime, set an intention of observing your mental, physical and emotional states once a day while your are eating. Jot down some notes if possible. And, remember to notice without judgment. That’s critical to success.

 

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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