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?

My post @elephantJournal: Being Vegan is Easy

I ran into Waylon of Elephant Journal about 7 weeks ago at the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park. We talked about a number of things and exchanged some different ideas about the Internets, Yoga, and being Vegan. He explained that he would be a vegan if it weren’t so difficult to do so when going out on the town.

I thought that this was a valid issue and started to explain how I coped with the issue. This resulted in my writing a little post that was published there about Being Vegan is Easy. I have been encouraged by the comments and effects it has had on a number of people.

In the end remember to do your best to eat with a conscious mind, always being aware of what you are consuming. Being vegan doesn’t require a snobbish or religious attitude. It just requires that you care about what you are putting in your body and what it takes to get that food to your plate.

Chatting with Toby from Tripsichore about Seeking the Nectar Performance #yjep

Last night Tripsichore, a yoga performance troupe, put on Seeking the Nectar. It was billed at a cirque de soleil type performance and did not dissapoint. I was able to hang out with some of the performers after the show and got some video of their interpretation of the show.

Here is video from a different performance. They performed this same sequence within the show put on at the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park 2009.

Rocky Mountain High – Yoga Journal Conf in Estes Park Sept 23 to 27

So I am signed up and ready to rock and roll in Estes Park, Co for the 14th annual Yoga Journal Conference. I will make a nice road trip out of it seeing some homies in the V and trying to catch an Asthanga class with Richard Freeman at Yoga Workshop in Boulder. It will be a great time to road trip it out of the Phoenix heat and enjoy the end of Colorado’s summer.

The first two days of the conference will be focused on Business and Yoga Workshop and its going to be pretty awesome. It pretty much covers everything you will need to know to start up a successful Yoga studio. From the looks of it MindBody have positioned themselves nicely to get a lot of leads from this.

After those two days is the beginning of the main conference and it does not look like it will disapoint either. For me the highlight is going to be hearing T.K.V. Desikachar speak twice. Here is the rest of my Schedule:

Friday 8am Desikachar – The Yoga of Breath and Mind

10:30 am Seane Corn – Detox Flow

3:30pm Judith Hanson Lasater – Sacroiliac Joint: Twists and Forward Bends Without Pain

Sat 8am Desikachar – The Yoga Sutra: The Practical Applications of the Yoga Sutra for Daily Living

11am David Swenson – Flying, Floating, and Handstanding

3:30pm Shiva Rae – Move for Change: Yoga Trance Dance

Sun 10am Gary Kraftsow – Common Aches and Pains: The Upper Back, Neck, and Shoulders