808luanabass asked: I don't mean to pry but has Yoga changed your life? Did it help you lose weight easier? How fast? I want to get into it to become leaner and flexible. You look great in your pics. I'm a little chunky so I'm looking to get back into shape. Thanks love ❤️
To say yoga has changed my life is a pretty substantial understatement, though I typically hesitate to focus on the weight loss element.
Yes. a daily and rigorous yoga practice is a great way to lose weight. Especially if you’re focusing on hot yoga- I’ve heard accounts of people losing 500-1,000 calories in single classes. However, I think the only way to REALLY lose weight (long-term, healthy loss) is by an equal balance of exercise and mindful food consumption. Basically, yoga is not a solo weight loss miracle. It has to be combined with a balanced diet. Personally, I love to cook and eat, and I still eat foods which might make other yoga enthusiasts wrinkle their noses (bacon is still a fridge staple for me- I’m a Southern girl, what can I say?)
However, I’ve noticed very substantial changes to my diet which happened totally organically and without conscious adjustments. For example, I’ve gradually adjusted myself to eating smaller portion sizes. This was always my biggest problem when I attempted to lose weight in the past. I’ve used every trick in the book to control my portion sizes, and nothing really clicked for me until I started doing yoga. Now I hate feeling heavy- when I eat a massive meal and immediately feel like a sack of potatoes, I’m less likely to want to do inversions or a vigorous vinyasa flow. I think about my portion sizes so I can have as much energy as possible, but the unintended by-product is that my diet is much more controlled.
I also like to eat energy rich foods (lots of fruits and vegetables, and at least one green smoothie per day) for the same reason, and the (again, unintended) by-product is clearer skin, higher endurance level, and better overall health. I think it’s much more beneficial to think in terms of “How Do I Feel” rather than “How Do I Look”. Anyone can ‘look’ healthy- actually being healthy is often a completely different story and (more often than not) is completely unrelated to size.