Many people are drawn to yoga because of the physical benefits. Although there are many physical benefits to yoga it is the only program that is a complete mind/body workout.
Yoga is primarily about the journey of personal discovery.
In the ancient language of yoga called "Sanskrit" the word "ahimsa" means non-violence.
Now you may be saying what does the concept of "non-violence" have to do with weight loss? Everything!
Your body hears what the mind tells it
Let's define what non-violence means to you. To me it means compassion, acceptance, love, honoring who and where we are at this moment in time.
I'll be honest with you. For many years I woke up every morning, looked at my body in the mirror and immediately said something negative. This constant negative reinforcement began to paralyze me. At that time in my life I was in sales and I honestly felt that if I looked fat that day I could not go to work because who would want to buy something from someone who was so "unattractive."
My "A-HA" moment
One day, during this difficult time in my life, my husband and I were walking my golden retriever. He looked at her and called her "a fat dog." I was so furious with him! How could he talk to "my baby" this way? Didn't he understand that that hurts her feelings?
At that moment I realized that what I would not tolerate for my dog was exactly what I was self-inflicting every day of my life!
I made a decision at that very moment that I would wake up everyday and change my inner dialogue. I choose to consciously say something loving to myself. This may seem awkward at first (any new pattern we implement into our lives takes 21 days to become a habit).
I guarantee if you practice this for 21 days in a row you will begin to love yourself more, appreciate your beauty from the inside out.
P.S. I divorced the "jerk" one year later and now I am married to the greatest husband on the planet!
Katherine Roberts is founder and president of Katherine Roberts Yoga for Golfers and the just-launched www.KRFlexFit.com website. She is a fitness expert and a regular contributor for The Golf Channel, the producer of nine DVDs and author of the ground-breaking book Yoga for Golfers (McGraw-Hill). Roberts is dedicated to helping people achieve maximum performance and balance both on and off the course.
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