Take time to rest your attention on your breath instead of getting wrapped up in the ongoing drama of your thoughts. Once your thoughts settle, your mind is free from all the clutter that keep you busy and restless and unable to make good decisions.
Start slowly fitting in 5 minutes here and there, try it next time you are standing in a queue, washing up or cooking the dinner. Just shift your attention away from your thoughts and on to your breath.
Many problems we face in life are as a result of our thinking. Whilst our lives are taking place in this moment – our minds are drawn to re-thinking what has already happened and looking ahead to what might happen.
The Buddha said: ‘We suffer in life because we are trapped in our minds’
‘If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place’ – Lao-tzu
Even from practicing the more gentle styles, Yoga has a way of waking up your intuition about your own health and well-being, it helps you get a handle on what your body needs to be healthy and feel good. Yoga requires your full attention and concentration to move through the poses and to hold them, and over time a regular Yoga practice will sharpen your ability to gauge how hungry or full you are.
STRESS IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO PUTTING ON THE POUNDS!
Stress is like your own personal bodyguard that launches into defence mode, in trying to protect you it unleashes the hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline. The fight or flight hormone Adrenaline gives you an instant shot of energy so you can face a conflict or get away from it altogether, but Cortisol is more like an over-protective mother whose mission is to feed and nurture you and is the reason you want to eat during these particular times of stress. It makes you want to eat everything in sight and the easier to digest the better. That’s because it requires foods high in fat and sugar, energy sources your body can access fast! Some scientists believe that Cortisol also messes with the signals that control appetite and feelings of fullness, which is why being stressed out may make you crave dessert even after a big meal.
To make matters worse, when stress causes your Cortisol levels to stay high, it can have long-term detrimental effects on your weight because it encourages your body to store fat, particularly in your belly.
Yoga can help by reducing stress which then reduces Cortisol levels!
We experience stress from the moment of birth and spend our lives adjusting to it. Yoga provides the most comprehensive and effective solutions to the problem.
The practice of Yoga harmonizes the body and mind. The steady pace and rhythm of breath relaxes the body and detaches the mind from the worry of the external world. A relaxed person possesses dynamic energy that does not dissipate.