Combat stress eating with yoga

I couldn’t handle it…

My stress levels were through the roof, I could not control my eating , I felt like I was juggling a million things at once and just could not cope anymore.

This was me while working on tight deadlines, pushing myself in the gym and running 60-100km a week to train for my next race. I was doing all the healthy things, but I was still over eating every single day (and not on the healthy stuff)

My anxiety levels went up and up one night I just burst into a ball of tears, “how do I get a handle on things, especially my stress eating? “

I looked up ways to help me manage my stress and found a relaxing yoga class at the gym. THAT’s where I found my love for yoga

Yoga is not just a physical practice, it consists of movement, breath-work, meditation and mindfulness. If you want to heal your relationship with yourself and food, incorporating yoga into your daily life can be an easy resource for you. ⁣

Here are 5 poses to help with stress eating

🧘‍♀️Quick breath work before getting out of bed. ⁣
When we wake up we send out minds and thoughts straight into our busy to-do lists, this heightens our stress levels which will lead to cravings later in the day. Starting with a 2-5 min breathing exercise will let you start your day feeling calmer and less likely to face plant into a bag of cookies later in the day.

Gentle yoga for stress eating

🧘‍♀️Child’s pose
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue., The brain is calmed from tipping the head forward and naturally energised from gentle pressure on the forehead.

🧘‍♀️Standing Forward fold
Effective for stress relief, fatigue and mild depression.

🧘‍♀️Cat/Cow
Massages spine and relieves stress.

Calming yoga to reduce stress eating

🧘‍♀️ Bridge pose
Reduces anxiety, fatigue, backaches and insomnia

What is your favourite yoga pose? Let me know in the comments below.

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