Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Yoga and Low Carb Diets > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Yoga and Low Carb Diets

Yoga is an ancient system of movement designed to generate vibrant health and well being. Excellent health and well being are experienced in the results of a yoga practice such as: stress reduction, increased energy and awareness, increased flexibility, focused mind and strong body. In our modern world there are so many types of yoga to choose from that it can be confusing and difficult to start a yoga program. Do you have to practice postures(asanas) in a hot room for an hour and a half in order to enjoy the benefits of this ancient art? And, is it necessary to execute postures under strict guidelines created for East Indian bodies and minds? As a yoga instructor my answer would be no. A successful yoga practice supports the goals of the practitioner without rigidity.

An appropriate yoga program should be adapted around our needs. Those on low-carb diets for weight loss or weight control can benefit tremendously by practicing yoga. A major benefit of yoga is a developed awareness. A consistent yoga practice assists us in recognizing the causes of stress in our lives. Yoga helps us observe the thoughts that cause stress. Once we are able to recognize the stress we are able to calm our carb cravings. When we develop awareness we can make conscious choices around food and feel more in control of our lives. I have taught lunch time yoga classes where students practiced forty-five minutes of yoga instead of reaching for high carb snacks. Students have reported that after class they choose healthier foods and actually eat less. Yoga can be a carb substitute, a healthy alternative.

Breath work is also an important component of yoga. Yoga trains the mind to recognize where and when we hold our breath. The less access we have to the breath the more stress is stored in the body. Yoga teaches us to fill ourselves up with breath instead of high-carb food. Yoga can inform us when we are becoming stressed so we can make the choice to sit and breathe, meditate or do physical yoga postures. With a consistent yoga practice we have less need of carbs that deplete our energy. Focus on the breath dissolves our cravings and reduces stress. We naturally reach for more nourishing foods. If we hold the breath then we become unaware of our cravings and old eating patterns take over. Cultivating awareness while we move in yoga postures is just as important as the movement, especially for those wanting to change eating patterns.

Since low-carb dieters need to be careful not to hit a sugar low during the day yoga is an excellent movement program. Yoga conserves energy while many exercise programs such as aerobics, weight training, bicycling etc. expend energy. Yoga assists the practitioner to tap into reserves of energy in the body. If the low carb dieter feels energy depleted the craving will increase. For anyone with the goal of life style or dietary change it is important that the exercise program be accessible and stress-free. Yoga postures teach us to expand into our own energy without judgment or criticism. A practice of relaxation and meditation (either seated cross-legged or lying on your back) when you have completed your postures is key in a yoga program. The relaxation assists us in integrating the movement and regenerating our energy.

How do we choose a class that is appropriate for us? How do we get started on a yoga practice? Try several styles and notice how you feel after each. An appropriate class is one where at the end of class you feel internally rejuvenated. When you leave class you should feel lightness in your step and a desire to return. Other positive signs are: more access to your breath, a feeling of well being (combination of calm and high energy). Here are eight postures that will get you started. I suggest you do them every three to four days and familiarize yourself with the movements. Again, your yoga postures should express who you are so you won't look like someone else performing the same pose. Simply follow the directions and while you're in the pose try to become as aware of your body and thoughts as you can. Breathe a simple breath based on the rhythm of your inhale and exhale. Take four or five breaths for each movement. Notice where and when you might hold your breath. I would recommend purchasing a yoga mat. You can buy them in most health food and sports stores.

1) Mountain Pose

Stand with feet together or hip distance. Imagine roots growing out of your feet into the earth. Feel your spine lengthening as the crown of your head lifts toward the sky. Inhale and exhale and feel the oppositional movement of feet planted firmly on the ground while the crown reaches upward. Keep your gaze focused at the horizon line. This posture prepares the body for a yoga practice.

2) Forward facing warrior

Stand in mountain pose and lift your arms by your ears, a few breaths and center yourself. Take a step forward on your right foot and bend your knee over your ankle. Focus your gaze at the horizon. Lengthen the torso and drop your shoulders. Repeat on the other side. This pose strengthens the thighs and brings in warrior energy.

3) Forward facing warrior with a forward bend

Repeat the above posture. Slowly straighten the front leg and extend the spine over the front leg. Relax the arms beside the leg. Repeat on the other side. This pose opens the spine and stretches both legs. This movement also soothes the mind.

4) Tree balance

Stand in mountain pose and become centered. Slowly transition your weight onto the left leg. Bring your hands into a prayer position over your chest. And position your left foot on your calf. Balance on your right leg while you breathe and focus your gaze at the horizon. Allow your body to move with the flow of your breath. Balances are never static. This pose develops balance and confidence.

5) Downward facing dog

Come on your hands and knees. Legs hip width apart and arms shoulder distance apart. Tuck your toes and lift your tailbone up toward the ceiling into an upsidedown V position. Fan out your fingers and press them into the floor. Keep moving your tailbone and elongate your spine. Bring your ears between your arms. Return to your hands and knees slowly and rest. This pose cleanses the mind and strengthens the upper body.

6) Bridge

Lay on your back and bend your knees, legs hip width apart. Lift your hips and spine toward the ceiling as you move through the front of the knees. Bring your arms underneath your body on the floor and interlace your fingers. Keep your gaze at the chest. This posture increases energy and increases flexibility in the spine.

7) Seated twist

Sit with both legs extended in front of you. Bend your right leg keeping the left in front with the foot flexed. Place your left hand below the right knee and bring the right hand around the back of the body close to the spine. Lift and rise through the crown of your head on the inhale, on the exhale twist the spine to the right, moving around the axis of the spine. Move from the lower to the upper spine, the head is the last to twist around. Slowly release from the base of the spine and come back to center. Repeat on the other side. Twists flush and balance the nervous system.

8) Reclining bound pose

Now it's time for relaxation. Lie on your back and bring your feet together. Allow your knees to splay apart. You can also extend your legs and come into corpse pose if bound pose is too much for your hips. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Let go of any stress and allow your body to release into the floor. Stay as long as you like.

About the Author

Combining twenty years of yoga and thirty years of professional nursing experience, Carmela Cattuti offers students a unique and effective teaching style. A strong medical background in childbirth allows her to provide women with valuable yogic breathing, stretching, and meditation techniques to aid with the fertility, delivery and postpartum stages of pregnancy.

Having studied extensively at the Iyengar Center and achieving instructor certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Carmela also provides in depth yoga instruction to both men and women for reducing stress and harnessing ones full capabilities of body, mind, and spirit. Workshops and private sessions offer practical tools for creating balance and relaxtion in daily living and are available throughout the Boston area for individuals and corporations. Carmela can be reached at (617) 970-5320.web:

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Halle Berry Shows Off Topless Yoga Pose |
Halle Berry shared a new fit-spirational message using a photo that would surely inspire fans and followers to participate in a bit of yoga meditation.
Halle Berry goes topless to perform a yoga headstand | Daily Mail ...Daily Mail
Halle Berry Performs Topless Handstand for Fitness Friday

all 4 news articles »

Grok Nation (blog)

Try the yoga Jedi mind trick that will help you break free of phone addiction
Grok Nation (blog)
Quick questions: Do you find yourself randomly checking your phone during your Yoga class? How about at the movies or while watching TV? When you're out having dinner with friends? Do you ever check Facebook or Instagram while talking to someone on the ...

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Fostering a yoga community
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
The word kula refers to a community of people who come together with the same intention. Madi Hull, owner of Kula Yoga and Tea in downtown Moscow, said the name represents the most appealing aspect of her business. "We have a really fun, strong ...

South China Morning Post

Volunteer holidays: yoga retreats that give back to communities around the world
South China Morning Post
It all started back in 2015 when Colorado-based Gonzalez-Reyes and her friends Rachel Brathen (known on social media as Yoga Girl) and Olivia Rothschild were chatting about getting together to organise yoga retreats, with the added option of volunteer ...
Find yourself at this men-only yoga retreat in IbizaMetro

all 2 news articles » WTLV-WJXX

Local mom to host yoga event to fight opioid epidemic WTLV-WJXX
In 2017, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department saw a lower number of overdose responses. In the past two months, they said they've seen a decline in overdose-related 911 calls and the use of Narcan, partly because dealers are diluting the ...
Mother To Host Yoga Event To Fight Opioid EpidemicWeek Facts

all 61 news articles »

The Island Now

Williston Park man turns to yoga for treatment
The Island Now
Dobbs incorporates Ashtanga into classes he now teaches. Dobbs teaches yoga at several studios, including Sumadra Yoga in Garden City, Absolute Yoga in Woodbury, Sukha Yoga in Cold Spring Harbor and Ashtanga Yoga Long Island in Seaford. He also teaches ...

Atlanta Magazine

How an Atlanta yoga studio is helping people cope with traumatic ...
Atlanta Magazine
A car accident left me with a traumatic brain injury, and normal yoga classes made me dizzy and frustrated. But a special TBI-friendly course I took at Atlanta's Evolation studio, developed by Denver-based nonprofit Love Your Brain, became a strong ...

and more »


Critter News: A Fawn in Finland, cat yoga, a gorilla goes for a walk & a dog snores so loud he wakes himself up!
Next won't believe what feline frenzy is happening now in Pennsylvania! It's a bit of a bizarre trend called 'cat yoga!' "Yoga's meant to focus and ground you, and cats make me really happy," cat yoga lover Amanda Maurer expressed. Turns out ...

Miss Sue to present yoga, zumba programs
Steuben Courier
Miss Sue will hold a family yoga program at 5:30 p.m. April 5; and a family Zumba program at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Place, Corning. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend, and are ...

and more »

Elite Daily

The Best Yoga Pose For Stress Opens Up Your Heart After A Long Day & Here's How It's Done
Elite Daily
Stress is an inevitable part of life, and as much as you'd love to release that tension by enrolling in a regular workout class, or going to a yoga studio on a weekly basis, the reality is, you're simply too strapped for time most days. But listen, you ...

Google News

How to Find the Right Yoga Class For You

There are many types of yoga, some with more emphasis... Read More

Nine Things You Should Know About Yoga for Children

Here are some guidelines and realistic expectations for parents, who... Read More

Yoga for PMS

Most women experience PMS symptoms at different points of their... Read More

Pain and Sorrow

Patanjali in his Yogasutra describes that people are afflicted with... Read More

The Benefit of Yoga

The benefit of yoga practice goes far beyond the actual... Read More

Yoga Position ? What Does Each Type Do?

I often wondered what the value of each type of... Read More

Yoga, Do Not Knock It Until You Try It

Are you one of those folks who have never tried... Read More

Yoga and Christianity a Conflict?

Being a practicing Christian myself, there are very few things... Read More

Yoga is Unity

Experienced Yoga practitioners often feel discouraged when a naturally gifted... Read More

A World of Infinite Opportunities

Many people feel that there is a limited amount of... Read More

Yoga Accessories? Getting What You Really Need

Unlike some other sports, you don't need a lot of... Read More

What is Self Mastery? - Part 2

To continue with our overview of the physical component of... Read More

Muscle Fitness ? Can Yoga Make You Stronger?

Many people wonder if yoga can improve their muscle fitness.... Read More

The Fountain of Youth & Your Hormones

Everyone has heard of the mythical "Fountain of Youth", but... Read More

Om Yoga Meditation: Why Yoga?

The following is an excerpt from the book "Om Yoga:... Read More

Yoga and Weight Training ? Never the Twain Shall Meet?

Yoga has become part of Western fitness training techniques. However,... Read More

Are You Willing To Follow Eight Yoga Exercises For the Lower Back?

EXERCISES FOR BACK RELIEFMany people believe that rest is best... Read More

Yoga and Meditation - That Leads to Gaining Enlightenment in this Life?

Every process of Yoga... neigh Meditation that frees us from... Read More

The Mystery of Enlightenment

Initially, enlightenment is living in the present moment and accepting... Read More

What is Self Mastery? - Part 4

Now, let's cover the last component of self-mastery, which is... Read More

How to Find the Right Yoga Teacher?

I am often asked by beginners about how to evaluate... Read More

Yoga Mats ? Are They All Created Equal?

Yoga mats are a basic part of every practice. What... Read More

Basic Yoga Poses (Asanas)

In most forms of Yoga there are three components to... Read More

Yoga Instruction - How to Find the Right Yoga Teacher for You

In order to find a quality yoga instructor, you need... Read More

Some Tantric Exercises to Increase General Well-Being and Sexual Abilities

A healthy anal and genital area is of great importance... Read More