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15 Little Struggles Only Yoga People Understand

15 Little Struggles Only Yoga People Understand

Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for both mind and body, and it has quickly made its way into popular culture. Serious yoga practice requires some lifestyle changes and the road to mastery is a difficult one. Even though it is a fulfilling experience that will lead to improved health and cognitive abilities, there are plenty of little struggles that yoga practitioners have to face on their journey.

1. They freeze in terror for a moment if they hear a cracking sound when twisting into Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana is difficult enough for most people, but once you master it you get a little overconfident and start pushing it. There’s a terrifying moment of silence when you are twisting your spine and hear a loud crack, only to discover that it didn’t come from you and breathing a sigh of relief. It makes you take things a bit more slowly next time.

2. They try not to get distracted by the hottie in the front row

Girl looking at a guy

    Most people that go to yoga classes are fairly mature adults and we are all there to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, sometimes you fall victim to your primal urges and just can’t stop checking out that cute guy or girl as they bend and stretch in front of you.

    3. They hope that their arms don’t give out during the handstand pose

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    Handstand fail

      Nothing feels quite as satisfying as getting a hang of a difficult pose for the first time. However, when doing a handstand in the middle of the room the first few times, you quickly end up begging your arms to hold on tight and not let your face slam into the floor.

      4. They get frustrated when they just can’t settle down during meditation

      When you’re a beginner it is difficult to sit down, calm your mind and focus during meditation, but even when you become somewhat advanced your mind can still turn against you. We all have bad days, and sometimes that inner voice and the sensation of discomfort can get the best of you. It’s then that you start feeling like a restless little child again.

      5. They sometimes rip their yoga pants while bending over in Uttanasana

      Ripped pants

        While you try to be prepared and shop for good yoga clothes, sometimes you get stuck with an old pair of pants or shorts that isn’t all that stretchy or has seen a lot of wear and tear – you bend over to touch your toes and they just rip. It happens and you can only laugh it off and start bringing an extra pair from then on.

        6. They get embarrassed when they release a hearty belch after Uddiyana Bandha

        Uddiyana Bandha is the only asana that really stretches out the diaphragm. This is normally a good thing, but sometimes all that stretching out can cause you to let out a long and loud burp that shakes the walls. It is a natural thing, but it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

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        7. They get weird looks from people when they do yoga in the park

        Dissaproving look

          Doing yoga out in nature really feels great as you get some sun on your skin and fresh air, but even early in the morning there are people running through the park or walking their dog, and the look on their face when they see you bending like a pretzel is truly priceless. It can be distracting at times, but you have to learn to live with it.

          8. They try not to sweat all over their partner on a particularly hot day

          It’s good to have someone to practice with and partner work can be great fun as well as beneficial, but you’ll often find yourself worrying about dripping sweat all over your partner and you end up making a few awkward pauses in the middle of the session, so you can grab your towel real quick.

          9. They doze off while doing Upavistha Konasana and their legs cramp up

          Opening the hips

            Most people will fall asleep during Savasana, but sometimes you’re just so tired that you can end up dozing off in the strangest of positions. After a short nap in Upavistha Konasana, your legs get cramped up and it feels like you will be stuck in that pose forever.

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            10. They feel like a clumsy kid when they slip on a wet yoga mat

            Even though a lot of people associate yoga with relaxation, it can actually make you work up quite a sweat. Your feet get sweaty, the mat gets wet and before you know it you’ve slipped and fallen flat on the ground. Going to a few Judo classes to learn some breakfalls might be a good idea at this point.

            11. They almost fall down when they stand up too quickly after a headstand

            You get started, lift your legs up and manage to get your balance in check, standing upside down for several minutes before graciously lowering your legs back down. Then instead of waiting a while for your blood flow to adjust, you shoot up and get dizzy and wobbly. At least you’ll definitely remember to wait a while next time.

            12. They get startled by random noises when they meditate

            STartled cat

              Meditation can bring you into a state of calmness and allow you to disengage from the mundane world for a while. However, being incredibly calm and focused means that a sudden loud noise will have you jumping off the floor like a startled cat.

              13. They pray to the heavens that they don’t fart as they bend and twist

              Things are rarely ideal in life and a lot of the times it’s all about making the best out of a bad situation. This is particularly true in those moments when you feel your stomach rumbling as you bend and twist your body. You can’t just stop dead in your tracks and leave the class, but you don’t want fart in front of everyone either.

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              14. They stand next to a person who has put a ton of deodorant on, but is not fooling anyone

              You will get sweaty in class and some people just have stronger body odor than others, but the worst offenders are the ones who try to mask it by spraying a ton of deodorant on, thus creating an unholy and potent mixture that fills up the entire room – and you’re left standing right at the source.

              15. They try to do pranayama with a stuffy nose

              stuffy nose

                Even if you take excellent care of your health you’ll sometimes have a stuffy nose that makes it hard to breathe. Trying to do breathing exercises in this condition will end in disaster, but you go ahead and try it anyway. It’s loud and it sounds weird, but hey, you’re there to practice and nothing will stand in your way.

                I’m sure that there are many more little gems like these that other yoga people will think off, and they are just a necessary part of improving, small distractions that we can look back on and laugh.

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                Ivan Dimitrijevic

                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                1. Drink Plenty of Water

                Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                Can I Work out While Fasting?

                Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                Is Fasting Safe?

                As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                Conclusion

                Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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