Lose weight with Yoga and Breathing
PremiseRight hemisphere: our irrational partOsho: the first chakra and our need for loveEmotional hunger and breathingIntroduction to the exercises for the colonOvercoming fears and neuroses with meditationRecommendations for practicing yogaLong and deep breathingBreathing through the left nostril1° Exercise: lose weight and tone waist and legs2° Exercise: lose weight and tone waist and legs3° Exercise: lose weight and tone waist and legsSeries to lose weight and tone your thighs1° Exercise: slimming belly area2° Exercise: slimming belly area3° Exercise: slimming belly area1° Exercise: lose weight and tone your hips2° Exercise: lose weight and tone your hips3° Exercise: lose weight and tone your hips1° Exercise: reduce hips and buttocks2° Exercise: reduce hips and buttocks3° Exercise: reduce hips and buttocksDiagonal stretch1° Exercise: slim down the entire body2° Exercise: slim down the entire body3° Exercise: slim down the entire body1° Exercise for the colon: twist left right2° Exercise for the colon: twist left right3° Exercise to clean the colon: arms in a circle4° Exercise to clean the colon: shaking arms5° Exercise to clean the colon: the pendulum6° Exercise for the colon: lifting forearms7° Exercise for the colon: swinging arms8° Exercise for the colon: arms crossed9° Exercise for the colon: pumping the navel10° Exercise for the colon: child’s poseMeditation that heals neuroses and addictionsFirst Chakra: variation of the position of crowFirst Chakra: stretching forwardFirst Chakra: variation of the position of the chairFirst Chakra: variation of the position of the camelFirst Chakra: variation of the position of the cobraFirst Chakra: position of the frogFirst Chakra: the dropFourth Chakra: beat of wingsFourth Chakra: heartbeatFourth Chakra: meditation in prayer poseFourth Chakra: meditation on the beatFourth Chakra: talk to your heartAuthor’s Note
Lose weight with Yoga and Breathing
Translators:Mike Guerrieri and Annalisa Grova
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“Does Yoga make you lose weight?” During our first meeting my students frequently ask me this question.
In reference to Kundalini Yoga, this question is answered in many kriya proposed by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan; such as those you can find in the manual of Kundalini Yoga “Slim & Trim Yoga Exercises For Women And Meditations”. He taught these kriyas to the participants of the Women’s Training Course in the summer of 1977.
If you read this text, you would be fascinated by the depth with which Yogi Bhajan talks about being ‘overweight’.
In other words, as explained by Yogi Bhajan, nervous hunger and compulsive and irrational eating have to do with psychological factors such as stress, discomfort, worry, low levels of energy and a lack of physical and emotional balance. The various kriyas proposed by Yogi Bhajan are useful for stimulating the nervous, glandular, digestive, and circulatory systems; thanks to the stimulation they provide, balance is restored to our body. This allows us to acquire a calm and deep awareness of ourselves; and due to our heightened understanding of what our body needs, our relationship with food changes. As a result we follow a more healthy and balanced lifestyle.
When speaking broadly about yoga, there have been many studies done on the topic. They confirm that practicing yoga can help with weight loss and prevent the typical weight gain common in middle age men and women.
I want to point to some interesting research conducted in 2005, published in the journal of “Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine”, referenced by the site: http://www.fhcrc.org.
The researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, with the collaboration of the National Cancer Institute, analyzed 15,500 healthy men and women of middle age. These men and women were asked to answer a questionnaire about their physical activity between the ages of 45 and 55.
The purpose of this study was to measure the impact that yoga has on weight, independently from other factors such as diet and other types of physical activity.
The researchers found that most people gain about a pound a year between the ages of 45 and 55. This is a common pattern as people age but do not adjust their calorific intake in proportion to their declining energy needs.