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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond. -Mae West

I got a yoga e-mail from my gym (I take a Tuesday night class for my own mental stability...and physical instability).  It's free and included in my gym membership so being a Clark Howard devotee, I like free.  If you're also an iPod nut such as I, Tara Stiles has a great podcast that takes you through a few poses in <5 minutes that I'm considering doing at work (with a door closed) on my lunch break...this is assuming I am being a good dietitian and take a lunch break and quit dining 'al desko'.

I'm pro-yoga, anti-raw food diet.  The Crazy Sexy Diet is beautifully illustrated but anyone who endorses juices/fasts AND has a chapter on enemas...

I never thought Everyone Poops was sexy either.

Why do yoga?
by: John Tunney 

The short answer is that yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up -- all at the same time.
For many people, that's enough of an answer. But there's more if you're interested.
For starters, yoga is good for what ails you. Specifically, research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. What's more, yoga:
  • Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Boosts self esteem
  • Improves concentration and creativity
  • Lowers fat
  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Creates sense of well being and calm.
And that's just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary to yoga's original purpose.