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We practise yoga for many different reasons. It can be to calm the mind, reduce stress, get better health and flexiblity, or for weight loss. Yoga helps with weight loss, as it helps with the causes of weight gain such as any tendency to “comfort eating” when feeling stressed, anxious, lonely or “not good enough”. Yoga also helps with weight loss as it helps build and maintain muscle – which in turn helps us use more energy in movement and to maintain a good metabolic rate – so that we are more likely to burn calories even when resting.
As I got older and into middle age I found that I could no longer eat the things I used to eat without gaining weight. Yet, I loathed the feeling of being hungry. I started to do things like yoga exercises, walking more often, some cycling a few times per week and even a bit of gentle weight training and these helped me start to lose weight. For me, variety was the key, so combining yoga with getting out into nature for walks was very helpful. It also helped that I discovered the keto diet and after doing that for a while I was even able to do intermittent fasting. Cutting down on carbs via keto eventually changed how I experience feeling hungry and it is no longer that bane of my life like it was.
Weight gain, as you may know, is not just about physicaly activity. It is also about our inner state. Our habits of thoughts and feelings affect our weight as these affect our eating habits. In other words there is a connection between our habits of feelings and our habits of eating. If we change our habits of feelings (by changing the habits of thinking which cause them) then we can change our eating habits much more easily.
Heavy types of thinking “I am not good enough”, “Nobody cares about me”, “I hate men/women” or whatever tend to result in us eating more and becoming physically heavier. I don’t know if this is true for everyone, but I found it much easier to lose weight as I become more forgiving. I found that developing healthier types of activites such as yoga and combining this with learning a forgiveness method, such as The Four Steps to Forgiveness, helped me greatly in my weigh loss journey. I not only shed weight on my physical body; I shed they heavy burden of negative beliefs and limiting thoughts that I had been carrying around with me. This made be aware that inner weight gain and physical weight gain are linked – or at least they are linked in me.
Of course, this does not mean that everyone who wants to take up yoga for weight loss needs to learn to forgive. Yet, learning to forgive offers and adds to many of the benefits which yoga offers. Forgiveness is a fantastic mood shifter which helps me feel like doing yoga. Forgiveness helps me feel less stressed and more relaxed, which of course yoga does too – so they reinforce each other. Forgiveness help me get on better with other people, so that I have a better and more pleasant social life, working life and family life.
When you think of yoga, Forgiveness might not be one the first thing which comes to mind. Yet, just as asanas, mantras, pranayama, mudras and meditation can be part of your yoga practice Forgiveness can be part of your yoga practice too. How whatever type of yoga you do; hatha yoga, hot yoga, ashtanga yoga, kriya yoga, shilpa shetty yoga, yoga nidra, Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, or any of the other yoga systems available, you can deepen your practice and maximize the benefits you receive from it.
As you probably know, yoga literally means ‘union’. Depending on the yoga being practiced this “union” can have to do with creating union between mind and body, between mind and the emotions, union with all parts of ourselves, or even union with the mind of the Divine.
Anything which helps us unify the different parts of ourselves is a form of yoga. Forgiveness, therefore, is also a form of yoga as it helps you unify and harmonise different aspects of yourself. Forgiveness can help you calm your mind, to become peaceful and relaxed. Forgiveness can also help you let go of the pain of the past. Therefore, it even helps you harmonise your past and present selves! It enables you to let go of things which have been hurting you. It helps you to release suffering and therefore to be able to experience more joy and happiness in your life.
From a spiritual perspective Forgiveness is important as it helps you let go of your ego and your personal conditioning. It helps you let go of the past and be conscious in the present moment. Learning to be fully conscious, in the moment, is one of the essential goals of all spiritual practises so learning to forgive is something we all need to learn sooner or later.
You will probably like the idea of adding forgiveness to our yoga practice, but if you try to do so you might face a problem – how to forgive! Many people have faced the same problem: they want to forgive, but they don’t know how to do it.
Not to worry, you will find a link on this page which will let you download a free ebook: The Four Steps to Forgiveness. You can learn The Four Steps to Forgiveness quickly and easily and you will soon be using it not only to forgive other people, but also to forgive yourself.
Think about how good you will feel when you can finally let go of resentment, anger and bitterness about things that people did to you in the past. Think what a relief it will be to be able to stop feeling bad about mistakes you made which you can no longer do anything about.
The heavy inner weight that many of us carry is because we conceive of ourselves as a material body rather than the spiritual being we really are. This heavy inner weight eventually shows up in our physical body. By letting go of all of that heavy burden that many of us have carried for so long; we can become free and become lighter and more able to flow through life with grace and ease.
People all over the world are learning to use The Four Steps to Forgiveness to set themselves free and to achieve more peace of mind, better relationships and a happier life. Even though it is new, and has only been around for a few short years, it is so popular that it is already available in over 25 languages! People often tell us that is has dramatically changed their lives for the better. You can use it too! Just download your free copy of The Four Steps to Forgiveness from one of the links on this page.
Written by: William Fergus Martin
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