My yoga teacher refers to complicated, pretzel-like yoga poses as “stupid human tricks”. Not because they aren’t authentic yoga, but because most people misunderstand what yoga is and why complicated poses are just a small part of the practice of yoga.
The truth is, there are many different kinds of yoga, and there are dozens of health benefits to even the gentlest kind of yoga practice. There’s practically a whole industry dedicated to helping people with larger bodies engage in, and benefit from, yoga. There’s a YouTube channel called Yoga for Bigger Bodies that offers 6 different videos. Check out the book Yoga XXL: A Journey to Health for Bigger People, the Plus Size Yoga account on Pinterest and the Body Positive Yoga blog for more resources.
No matter how simple or complex the pose, yoga teaches us how to embody. An important benefit of yoga is mindfulness. Whether you’re sitting in a chair or standing on your head, yoga teaches you to be mindful of your breathing and of your body. Yoga asks you to be in your body while you move and while you hold still. For many of us, it’s a very different way of being in the world. Generally, we live from our heads and carry our bodies along. During yoga practice, we drop into our bodies and become aware of the many sensations we feel as we go through different poses. Can you feel your muscles stretching? Can you feel your ribcage expand? Can you sense the place where the pads under your toes connect with the mat?
Yoga has been found to boost the immune system, lower blood sugar, prevent digestive problems, ease pain and offer many other health benefits. But the one most relevant could be that the mindfulness of yoga can spill over into mealtimes, making you a more conscious and slower eater. This, in turn, will help you make better food choices that support your improving health.
Basic yoga is a great companion both before and after your treatment with the Spatz3 gastric balloon. You don’t have to be slender and masterfully flexible to benefit from learning yoga. Yoga is for every body.
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.