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November 07, 2007

Yoga and weigth loss

Dear Sofi,

I have a of question. Have you found yoga helpful for losing weight? What sort of regularity would you recommend to achieve weight loss?

Love, Sujatha 

Hi Sujatha,

Yoga makes all the internal systems operate more efficiently so it helps with the digestion and assimilation of food as well as keeping the appetite under control. Yoga also helps to make us much more aware of our bodies and the food that we put into them. After practicing you might find that the body only craves a healthy, non processed, vegetarian diet.

In these ways Yoga helps with weight loss. Also, depending on the type you practice Yoga can be physically rigorous (though not necessarily an aerobic work out) and will burn off calories as well.

If you're going to classes you can start with 2 days a week and try to do some on you own at home in between. If time and finances permit you can increase you class attendance as you feel ready.

The more regular you are with your practice the better!

Love, Sofi

October 23, 2007

Good Vibrations

Hi Sofi,

I'm loving your new website and I had a quick question for you.  One of my friends and her husband went on a yoga retreat this past weekend (in California) and they did a lot of chanting with a harmonium.  Are there and music Cd's you can recommend that are your favorites that I could suggest to them.  I told her about Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, and Deva Premal.  Are there any specific Cd's I should tell them about?

Thanks so much,

Hi Sugar,

You recommended some good music. I might add Bhagavan Das, Shyam Das and Wah! For some more traditional chanting I like  a c.d. by a women named Manorana whose music can be found on the Jivamukti Yoga or Ananda Ashram sites. I hope this is helpful.

Love, Sofi

September 18, 2007

Fearless Teaching

Dear Sofi
Any words of wisdom for how to get into teaching my classes and not be held back by worry about if people will like it or what i am like as a teacher?
— Love, Zpora

Hi Zpora,
Thanks so much for your words.

It's always a challenge to not worry about what others are thinking about us. The teachings of Yoga are so ancient and powerful. They have been passed down for centuries from teachers to students. Your job as a yoga teacher is to delivery these teachings as clearly as you can with out letting your own ego obstruct them. Remember, it's not about you — it's about the teachings. When we let our fears about how others might view us get in the way of our ability to deliver the goods we are interfering with our students opportunity to receive the lessons that they need to evolve toward Oneness and has Yoga teacher this should always be our main concern. Just remember that the teachings are strong enough to hold there own. They have lasted because they are True and when you speak the truth others will be open to it.

There will always be some students in class who are more close minded but that is a result of their karma and you should not let that influence the way you teach.

Remember the ego feels fear because it believe itself to be the doer. Let go and let God guide you through your classes and through every moment of life.
— Love, Sofi

September 17, 2007

Trouble Sleeping?

Dear Sofi,
Lately I've been having trouble falling asleep at night. Can you recommend a yoga practice that might help.
— Thanks, Edna M.

Hi Edna,
Unknown Insomnia usually results from an over active mind state. I would recommend 8 rounds of nadi sodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) and 5 minutes of a seated meditation practice right before bed.

  1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
  2. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
  3. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.

You may wish to increase the number of rounds of nadi sodhana as well as the length of your meditation practice as you time goes on. I would also suggest staying away from the t.v., computer, or telephone for at least one hour before bed. Let me know how it goes for you.
— Love, Sofi

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