Losing weight and keeping it off long-term is an on-going battle for many people worldwide. Despite trying a multitude of diet and exercise programs, folks typically experience only short-term success and often gain back more than they lost. Frequently overlooked as a component of weight loss success is the importance of psychological well-being. Kripalu yoga, with its “emphasis on self-acceptance, self-care” and lifestyle changes is a non-dieting approach to weight loss and just might be the missing link to helping you and your loved ones lose weight and keep it off long-term.
What is Kripalu Yoga?
The three components in a typical Kripalu Yoga class are gentle Hatha Yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditation. However, a Kripalu Yoga class does not follow a set sequence, and its “creative nature” allows each instructor to conduct her class in a unique way. Emphasizing a true mind-body connection, in Kripalu Yoga your “thoughts, feelings and actions” are just as important as performing the Hatha yoga poses properly. Kripalu Yoga guides you through a life-changing physical and psychological transformation to improve your quality of life.
The Kripalu Yoga Integrative Weight Loss Program
In this yoga study, the participants completed the 5-day residential Integrative Weight Loss Program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During the program, participants learn the principals of whole-foods nutrition, how to cook whole-foods and receive support through sharing circles. They go for walks and go to yoga classes, as well as learn strategies for managing stress, self-care and eating mindfully. Scroll down to view a copy of the daily schedule.
The Kripalu Yoga Weight Loss Study Participants
The participants in this Kripalu Yoga Integrative Weight Loss study were primarily highly educated, middle-aged women between the ages of 32 and 65. The women were exclusively Caucasian, with 84 percent classified as obese. Thirty-seven women completed the Integrative Weight Loss program, 84 percent of the women completed the post-program surveys, 49 percent of the women completed the surveys given 3 to 4 months after program completion and 51 percent of women revealed their body weight at the one-year follow up.
Results of the Kripalu Yoga Weight Loss Study
The good news is the women had improved scores on every aspect measured by the Kripalu Yoga Integrative Weight Loss Program study: large improvements on physical activity and self-observation; medium-sized improvements on nutrition, spiritual growth and stress management, as well as self-awareness, non-judgment and non-reactivity. There was a significant decline in negative mood and significant increase in self-compassion. When it came to weight loss, the original mean of the participant’s weight was 204.63 pounds. After one year, their mean dropped to 187.68 pounds, for a loss of 16.95 pounds with an average rate of 1.41 pounds per month.