25 Jul '12, 1pm

Why Yoga Isn't Just for Weight Loss

Why Yoga Isn't Just for Weight Loss

I recently read this article in Elephant Journal about the downfalls of promoting yoga as a weight loss tool and I have to say, I completely agree. Yes, yoga can contribute to a healthy lifestyle that can help practitioners lose weight. And yes, we are a country riddled with obesity, so encouraging healthy practices is a good idea. However, there are two important downfalls associated with using yoga as a weight loss tool: it promotes a negative body image and it contributes to the commercialization of yoga. As someone who struggled with body image for years, I know all about using exercise as punishment. Though I have always felt spiritually nourished by running, I used to use other forms of exercise – weight lifting, spin, step aerobics, cardio kickboxing and boot camp – as little more than tools to enable my fear of gaining an ounce. If I ate a few extra calories, I pun...

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