Allison-It is great to see that you are getting benefits by practising yoga 1-2 times a week. You will get more positive results by doing yoga 3-4 or 4-6 times a week. I am practising Yoga for about 16 years. I am more than 68 years and feel more energetic and peaceful, even though I am working in an African country. I have been able to reduce my dosage of medicines for high blood pressure, enlarged prostat gland and am hopeful that dosage of my medicines will further reduce in the near future. Good luck ! Namaste !
Hey Allison I am a yoga teacher I have been practicing for 12 years. If you can only practice 1-2 times a week, try a simple home practice....some breathing,meditation...or a couple sun salutations are great to do at home. Even legs up the wall is reenergizing and has sooo many benefits. . And remember to take lessons that we learn on the mat with you in the real world! Namaste
Plus, never underestimate the power of the relaxation response primarily in the reabsorption of coritsol and adrenaline etc.! namaste
I have a question for anyone:
I continually here wonderful things about how yoga helps the mind and body, and after 3 months of occasional classes I am such an advocate of yoga now. I was trying to loose weight and because I knew the road to success began with mindfulness, yoga helped me even more.
What I am wondering is, I can't seem to make it yoga as often as I would like to. I would love to go 3-4 times a week, but it's usually 1-2. Do I still receive all the same benefits such as a more peaceful and in-tuned mind when practicing that little?
Sue - congratulations on making it through three bouts of cancer and feeling better now than you did in your 20's. Yoga is so wonderful for so many things, and it gives my heart joy that you have made it through such adversity, physically and mentally, due to yoga. I wish you continued health and happiness.
Hi-- With yoga, because it increases strength and muscle mass, as well as massages the glands of the body (adrenals, thyroid, etc) one's metabolism will naturally increase. Coupling this with body awareness (knowing own emotions, ie, hunger and satiety and making a conscience decision about what foods will be eaten) will result in weight loss. Yoga is a way of educating oneself about one's own body, the needs of the body, and provides an insight on how to work towards constant wellness. It is a most peaceful way to embrace our ever-changing bodies, and provides the way to truly know and to love our whole selves, from the inside out.
Yoga helped me to lose lots of weight postpartum.
I have been doing yoga for about 5 years off and on. I was dx'd with ovarian cancer, went through huge surgery then chemo and needed something to increase relaxation and decreases stress. What I got was a full body workout without the pounding on the joints, and overly physical "Gym-type" workout. Yoga continues to teach me relaxation while toning my body making it long and lean. At 52 and 3 bouts of cancer, I am in better shape than I was in my 20s, thanks to yoga.
About 5 years ago, I decided to lose weight in order to be able to do yoga better! I lost 77 pounds in two years (Weight Watchers, yoga & other physical activity) and have kept it off more or less since then. And boy did my yoga improve (among other aspects of my life)! So yoga was my motivation, my strategy and my reward!
I have been practicing about 2 yrs now, and I am certainly more tone, stronger, and solid. However, I have seen that my fat areas like my thighs that cellulite is more noticeable. I am hoping over time that the changes I have made in diet and lifestyle will eventually lead to the loss of that.