Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight knows that losing weight and keeping it off is an uphill battle. And what makes it even harder is keeping your motivation day in, day out. Those who have managed will tell you that they had to train both their mind and body to keep going when the times got rough.
And that’s why, yoga, an ancient discipline that trains both mind and body can help shape your mind to win the race to weight loss. Here’s how.
How Yoga Helps You Lose Weight
If you’re trying to lose weight, chances are good that a negative mental attitude is your biggest obstacle. It’s hard to change long-time habits, and many who are struggling to lose weight engage in negative self-talk when they fail to meet their weight loss goals. Yoga teaches self-acceptance, and can help you learn to love your body as it really is, rather than as you’d like it to be.
While this might seem counterproductive to a weight loss regimen, self-acceptance is key to maintaining a positive mental attitude if you are trying to lose weight. After all, everyone’s body type and ideal healthy weight is different.
Self-acceptance can help you reach the right weight for you while keeping you clear from the many dangers on any weight loss journey, such as eating disorders, depression, self-hatred etc.
The Physical Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is known for its physical benefits, which include increased flexibility, greater muscle tone and greater balance. The increased balance and flexibility makes you less likely to hurt yourself during your workouts which will ensure that you stick to your workout routine. This consistency will produce the weight loss results you are seeking.
Yoga helps you to get in touch with your body which empowers you to learn the right foods that strengthen your body and the ones that weaken it. Getting empowered with the right food choices for your body will help you lose weight and keep it off for good.
The Psychological Benefits of Yoga
Besides the physical benefits, Yoga is known to have psychological benefits as well. Yoga is known for increasing feelings of well-being and strengthening positive mental attitude, so much so that it’s often used in conjunction with talk therapy to treat mood disorders like depression. Repetitive yoga exercises have also been shown to have a calming effect and can help one manage anxiety disorders.
If you are in Kampala and would wish to enroll into a yoga glass but have no idea where to start from, there are a couple of places you can visit and among them include Yoga and Wellness Uganda, The Enlightened Cat, Acacia Apartments and Yoga Centre and many more.