Yoga Teacher Training And Eating Habits
Learn Why Yoga Can Help You Develop Good Eating Habits
Mindful eating. That is, eating because you feel hungry, not because you just saw an ad for a new pizza place or because you feel sad or depressed. And walking away from the table when you feel full instead of having another helping of a tasty dessert.
For many of us, it takes enormous will power to eat simply because we are hungry and not for a dozen other reasons. But a recent study shows that you can successfully achieve mindful eating through a single, reliable method—yoga.
According to Medical News Today, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that people who practice yoga regularly have greater body awareness. They recognize true hunger signs—and signs that they have eaten enough—more readily than non-practitioners.
In fact, the study showed that regular yoga practice over a 10-year period helped adults in the study gain less weight through the years than those who did not practice yoga but relied mainly on other physical activity, such as running, walking or other strenuous exercise, to stay fit. Plus, yoga practitioners typically had a lower body mass index (BMI) than other study participants—apparently a perk that comes with being a yoga teacher.
Researchers hope that their "Mindful Eating Questionnaire," the tool used to gather their research, could become a tool clinicians use to help patients learn and maintain healthy eating habits.
MediLexicon International Ltd., 2009
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