Feelin the Love: Do you give as much as you get?

Maybe it’s the time of year what with the holidays, or maybe it’s the end of the year and things are catching me up. In the end it doesn’t matter what the excuse is: we all need to slow down and take stock on what’s real and important. For me this means my relationships with friends, family, and myself and how I keep them in balance.

Throughout our day, month, year, and life we go through a number of exchanges. These may involve money and/or other people. A lot of the time they involve neither. Taking time to appreciate non monetary exchanges is something easily overlooked in a busy day. Even more difficult can be the ability to look at the exchanges we have internally with ourselves.

What do you think? Do you practice giving and getting equally? Are you feeling the love?

Hacking Yoga: Can Yoga help me lose weight?

This is a great question and the answer is: yes it can! (surprised?)

Yoga can affect your weight in a number of ways:

  1. Yoga increases your metabolism
  2. Use yoga to prevent injury from other exercises
  3. Learning to calm the mind with yoga allows you to recognize unhealthy eating patterns

Also keep in mind that weight loss is not the best measure for health. As you start working out you will build muscle which weighs more than fat and you may see some weight gain. Do not be discouraged. Think about how you feel. Are you stronger and more comfortable during the day? How about your energy levels? Consider that Western Science may not have all the answers.

If weight loss is your biggest concern exercise will only get you so far. The biggest factor here will be your diet. Focus on eating more vegetables and fruits while reducing overall consumption especially of Corn Syrup.

What do you think? Has Yoga helped you lose weight? What have I missed?