Of all the questions I get asked, the top most are on one topic…Weight loss!
“Will yoga help me lose weight”?
“How soon after doing yoga can I see the changes happen in my body?”
Today, let’s find the answer to these questions.
The short answer is YES. Yoga keeps you fit, burns calories, maintains a strong frame and this has all been verified and demonstrated by research studies around the world. But, our goal here is something far bigger and deeper than just losing weight or striving for a six-pack belly.
Let’s look at the human body. It has two main functions:
1) To act as a container to pack all the internal organs, bodily fluids, protect you from harsh elements and allow for life to exist.
2) To provide mobility to move from Point A to Point B and allow you to perform your daily activities.
If your body fulfills the above two conditions, it is already doing what it is designed for. You are perfect the way you are. There is nothing more for you to expect from your body.
All it needs is a little encouragement from you to become the best version of itself. Simply focus on making it a little more efficient than it was yesterday.
Today, if you are at Point A (in terms of fitness), encourage it to move to Point B, then slowly work on getting to point C, and so on. Take baby steps every day, but keep moving to make it a little more efficient. When you take care of your body, it will take care of you in your later years.
Yoga lays more emphasis on the concept of a healthy body than on losing weight. If you pursue the idea of losing weight or reaching an ideal weight, you will spend an entire lifetime chasing this illusion and still come up short and remain unhappy on a day-to-day basis. Your body should never become a vanity project.
On the other hand, if you look at your body from the point of efficiency and good maintenance, you will be fit, stress-free, and happy in life.
Yoga is not about getting six-pack abs; it is about getting a six-pack frame of mind. Become physically, emotionally, and mentally very strong to withstand any challenge that life throws at you. Your body should be your source of strength, not your weakness.
Check out our “30-minute-Yoga” program, which is designed to give you all the exercise you need in a day.