Cortisol is a corticosteroid that is released during the stress-response. Long term high levels of cortisone in the body cause damage to our system in a multitude of ways. One is the ability of our body to increase fat storage and hold on to weight, making it nearly impossible to loose excess on our own. By de-stressing our system, the body takes the cue to lower cortisol levels, thus naturally aiding in weight loss.
Dr Weil, a leading physician in the integration of eastern and western medicine explains just how yoga can decrease our stress levels, thus lowering the overactive levels of cortisol....
"For many people, exercise is a main method of reducing stress and promoting relaxation. One of the benefits of regular aerobic exercise is its moderating effect on emotions, both long-term and short-term. If you feel angry or upset, a brisk walk or run or a half hour of lifting weights will often put you back in a good mood. While exercise is a great way to burn up excess energy and dissipate tension, it does not necessarily teach you how to process stress differently, and is best used as a complement to another technique, such as breathing, visualization or yoga, for instance. Yoga is an excellent promoter of relaxation as well as a good form of non-aerobic body conditioning. It perfectly complements aerobic exercise." -Dr Weil on "Managing Stress" from dr.weil.com
Integrating a mindful practice such as Therapeutic Yoga can greatly assist in decreasing levels of cortisol and assisting in your weight loss goals. Contact us for more information.