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does yoga make you thin?!

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Hello everyone, just felt like starting up a new and interesting discussion so this is something I've been pondering recently (following the christmas excesses!). I have a food obsession. I find that I cannot bear to be hungry. I have controlled my weight in the past by going to WeightWatchers, but now find it creeping upwards. I greatly resent having to pay and constantly be aware of every morsel that I consume so I cannot bring myself to go back to a diet. Yet, I am unhappy with my body image and I suspect that I'm not alone! I would like to be able to turn to yoga to help me with this problem, I have studied enough to realise that I should probably look inwards and accept myself as I am, but that does not come so easily and I am worried about my health in the future. I have also noticed, and I hope that I don't offend anyone by saying this, that most of the tutors on my courses have been very thin and toned. How have you reached this? Is it simply the regullar practise of the asanas or do you control your eating? I realise that this is an issue that has dogged women for centuries but it is also something that every Mum in my classes also relates too. Can anyone offer any enlightment? Is anyone else out there hungry?!

love and chocolate

Jo

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Wed, Jan 31 2007 3:46 AM In reply to
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Hi Jo

Yes it's true that most Western Yoga teachers are on the very slim end of the scale(s) and where I have turned up for the photoshoots of my books the team invariably gave me funny looks with 'you do not look the part' in big flashing letters. Yet after several days of conversations about Yoga at coffee breaks, and watching some of the plumper models do the Yoga (particularly for the Postnatal Yoga book), the tone changed and invariably we talked about diet and eating. Hatha Yoga, the physical part of Yoga, became dominant in the West and most people think of Yoga as the practice of Asana. Yet it is only one component and if you look at Indian gurus (male and female) you will find a lot of rounded figures, but full of beautiful energy. The focus is on the bliss rather than on the ascetic discipline. Some people get there through the meditation aspect of Yoga rather than through the postures, and one leads to the other according to individual make up and chosen path. I think that any path of Yoga ultimately regulates food intake so that you are gently drawn to what is best for you. In Ayurvedic terms, most London Yoga teachers are of Vata constitutionm, light and slender; very few are Kapha, rounder and heavier. Many swimmers are of Kapha constitution. It's a nice thing to be as it's associated with lots of great human qualities. Please do not torment yourself about eating, the more you work with yourself from the core, -and some of the Birthlight adaptations do just this-, the better balance you will reach within yourself and then weight matters and diets become rather insignificant.

There are some excellent nutritionists who can help you find the foods that are best for you though. If you email Caroline Swatton (Infant Aquatics) she can recommend a nutritionist that made a lot of difference to her well being (and her figure).

Greetings to all the roast potatoes and chocolate pudding eaters at past Riddlesworth Hall courses, weren't they great but definitely not yogic

Francoise.

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Sun, Feb 18 2007 5:25 PM In reply to
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Thanks Francoise, as ever you encourage me to be gentler with myself!

love Jo