Millions of dollars are spent in liposuction, laser treatments, cellulite creams, diet pills and all lose-weight fads that are popping up every day. Do they work? Sadly, all this money is thrown away in a vain attempt to lose weight. We keep gaining weight for no reason. We keep dieting with little effect on our extra pounds. Unfortunately, stubborn fat and bloating are winning this battle. Sadness and depression settle in. What is the problem? Is Lymphatic Yoga the answer for weight loss?
Well, the answer may be much simpler than what you expect! The problem is not as much what you eat but how you breathe. Wow!
The truth is that if you diet and do not breathe properly, you deprive yourself of the necessary fuel to burn and metabolize your meals. So, food is not properly processed and it’s stored in the body. Inevitably, you get fat.
Breathing, Yoga and Weight Loss
This may explain why Yogis – those who practice Yoga – are healthy, happy and have their weight under control! Weight loss appears not to be an issue for them.
The ancient practice of Yoga, beyond body exercises also includes more than 30 different types of breathing techniques. Breathing and oxygen create a chemical reaction that helps to dissolve fat and assimilate food nutrients during digestion.
Breathing techniques also improve circulation of the two main fluids of the body: lymph and blood. Improved circulation avoids stagnation and accumulation of both fat and metabolic waste in the body. Of course, it keeps your Lymphatic System doing its job: moving, nourishing the cells, washing away the cells’ trash and mainly absorbing fat! As a result, breathing techniques can keep you lean and your weight under control! And weight loss can become a reality.
There are three of the Yoga breathing techniques that can lead you to lose weight: diaphragmatic breathing (link), complete breathing and alternate nostril breath.
Most of us breathe very shallowly. The cause of this distorted and shallow breathing is mainly stress and tight clothes. Another cause of shallow breathing is the lack of knowledge that proper breathing happens in the bottom part of the lungs! If you’re not a trained singer, a swimmer or haven’t practice Yoga breathing techniques, you probably are a chest breather.
So, to change this daily poor breathing we need to retrain ourselves. We need to consciously breathe in the bottom of the lungs. The bottom of the lungs are bigger than the rest of the lungs. So, you can draw more oxygen and burn more fat when you breathe deeply. Deep breathing is called diaphragmatic breathing. Slow and deep diaphragmatic breathing can begin to change the merry go round of stubborn fat! And you become happy again!
After you get used to practicing the diaphragmatic breathing, you can ad a new breathing practice! The complete breath gently and slowly fills up the lungs with air. It draws the maximum amount of oxygen to the body. It pumps the lymph fluid all over the body. So, you can burn more toxins and fat! The complete breath is a healing technique. It has three phases:
- Diaphragmatic breathing as before
- Middle chest breathing. After doing the first phase bring your hands to the ribs on the sides of your trunk and keep breathing to expand the ribs to the sides. Imagine your ribs opening like an accordion.
- Upper chest breathing. Gently and slightly lift both shoulders, bring your hands to the area of the collar bones and breathe in in the upper part of the lungs. Because the lungs are much smaller here, this third phase is very short in time.
After doing your diaphragmatic breathing practice, add 10 to 15 minutes of complete breath. Remember, there is no forcing or straining in any Yoga practice. Do a little less than what can be done. Less is more in Yoga.
Because breathing is free of charge you save money. You also get the desired results as you breathe your way to skinny! Happy breathing!
Stay tuned for more about practice, lymph knowledge and health!
Love, light and lymph!
Copyright 2013 Edely Wallace