Ayurveda

Meditation Helps Weight Loss

Meditation for Weight Loss | Holistic Weight Loss Approach | Meditate with Mindful Eating

Being Overweight is Risky Business

Being overweight puts a strain on the heart, as well as the respiratory and eliminatory systems. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly nine out of ten people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes are overweight.

But studies show that even modest weight loss makes a significant difference in preventing the development of hypertension and diabetes in people who are at a high risk for developing these diseases.

Mindfulness and Weight Loss

Do you eat when you’re stressed?  Do you eat when you’re bored?  Do you eat for comfort?

Meditation offers a variety of mental, physical, and emotional benefits which many people have found lead to successful weight loss.

The importance of a healthy mind has everything to do with weight loss. This is where it starts. If your mind was in control of your body to gain weight, it can be in control of your body to lose weight too. Train yourself to process the feelings that cause you to eat.

Daily meditation is critical to your weight loss success. It requires only fifteen minutes. Clear your mind from all thoughts and enter a peaceful and quiet state. If your mind is strong and centered, feelings and stressful situations will no longer trigger excessive eating or food binges. The stronger your mind is, the more self-control you have. Take full control of your life … including your weight.

Food Coaching: Ayurvedic Diet

A simple Self-Assessment Test will reveal your dosha or constitution type. This will determine which weight-loss treatments are appropriate for your physical, mental and spiritual traits. Food coaching using an Ayurvedic diet will help you identify sustainable food choices and develop eating habits for optimal health.

Power Breathing Techniques

In just minutes, these techniques can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and negative feelings. Among all the yoga-cleansing exercises, power breathing is the only technique used specifically for mind purification.  It is especially helpful in treating diabetes. Even though power breathing is a simple procedure, it must be done properly to be effective.

Sleep Meditation

Sleep Meditation enhances deep mental relaxation. This meditation rids the mind of all mental stress and brings about a general overall feeling of good health and well-being.

Ranjit Deora
rdeora@charlottemeditation.com
Meditation Teacher, Laughter Yoga Instructor, Holistic Thinker, Corporate Wellness Consultant

Ranjit Deora is an experienced mindfulness meditation teacher, laughter yoga teacher, instructor, holistic thinker, life coach, spiritual mentor and corporate wellness consultant. Through mind-body awareness and Ayurvedic medicine, he has been helping people experience emotional freedom, physical healing and increased spiritual consciousness for over 25 years.

Ayurveda: Healing with Foods and Meditation

Ayurveda, or the science of life, is one of the oldest systems of natural health care. Originating in India over 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is now considered one of the leading forms of holistic medicine available in the West.

Concept

Ayurveda treats the root cause of illnesses, not just the symptoms. With the use of special herbs, massage, specific yoga/meditation techniques and sound nutritional advice, Ayurveda enhances the physical and mental health of both distressed and healthy individuals.

Ayurveda is Safe

Ayurveda medicine and other therapies are very beneficial for patients suffering from chronic diseases. Ayurvedic preparations are safe as long as they are prescribed by a professional practitioner.

Ayurvedic Dosha ( Constitutions)

Ayurveda describes three biological humors or psycho/physiological energies called doshas. These three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and each is mainly a combination of two elements. Vata dosha is made up of space and air. Pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water. Kapha dosha is made up of water and earth. Each of these doshas are further divided into five sub-doshas. Together, the doshas orchestrate all the activities that occur within us.

For good health and well-being, the three doshas within you need to be in balance.

Balancing Vata dosha

The characteristics of Vata include dryness, coolness, roughness, lightness and constant motion; qualities that are opposite to these in diet and lifestyle help restore balance to Vata dosha.

Dietary recommendations:

The three ayurvedic tastes that help balance Vata are sweet, sour and salty, so include more of these tastes in your daily diet. Cooked foods, served hot or warm, are ideal for balancing Vata. Leafy greens, beets, sweet potatoes and summer squash such as zucchini and lauki squash are the best vegetables. Avoid or minimize raw foods and salads. Drink lots of warm water through the day. Suitable spices are turmeric, cumin, coriander, dried ginger and black pepper.

Balancing Pitta Dosha:

The characteristics of Pitta include sharpness, heat, and acidity; qualities that are opposite to these in diet and lifestyle help restore balance to Pitta dosha.

Dietary recommendations:

The three ayurvedic tastes that help balance Pitta are sweet, bitter and astringent, so include more of these tastes in your daily diet.

Cooling foods are wonderful for balancing Pitta dosha. Sweet juicy fruits, especially pears, can cool a fiery Pitta. Milk, Rice, coconut  and milkshakes made with ripe mangoes are soothing, Pitta-pacifying foods. Drink sweet lassi to help enhance digestion or drink room temperature water.

Spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and fennel offer healing wisdom.

Balancing Kapha Dosha:

The characteristics of Kapha include heaviness, softness, sweetness, cold, stability and unctuousness, qualities that are opposite to these in diet and lifestyle help restore balance to Kapha dosha.

Dietary recommendations:

The three ayurvedic tastes that help balance Kapha are pungent, bitter and astringent, so include more of these tastes in your daily diet

Light, warm foods help balance Kapha. Clear vegetable soups with beans and diced vegetables, stews made with vegetables, dhal soups and grain/vegetable are good for balancing Kapha.  Stay away from too much salt. Drink warm water through the day.

Use spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, black pepper, dried ginger, asafetida (hing), cloves and fenugreek.

 

Guru Ranjit Deora is a meditation master teacher, a holistic thinker and a life coach who enjoys helping people connect with their true selves and find happiness within. In his lessons on Mindful Meditation, the India native focuses on the mental dimensions of this ancient practice, bringing the benefits of joy as well as improved overall health.

Phone: (704) 277-6049.  Email: rdeora@charlottemeditation.com

This content was originally posted on our site in 2013.
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