In many ways I don’t feel qualified to write this series. I’m not Jillian Michaels. My body and my health are far from perfect. I am still a work in progress.

But, I have spent the last two and a half years drastically improving my health and well being. And, my yoga practice has been instrumental in this transformation. It has informed many of the habits that contribute to my overall health.

I spent the fifteen years between high school and the birth of my daughter slowly packing on the pounds and virtually ignoring my health. While I was an avid yoga practitioner during that time, I failed to fully embrace and incorporate the wisdom I learned on the mat in my life off the mat.

Over the last few years, I’ve committed to doing just that. Yoga has certainly provided both the cardiovascular and strength training aspects of a quality exercise regimen. But, with some awareness and intention, my time on the mat has also impacted other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

While the numbers on the scale were an important measurement tool for me, as things had clearly gotten out of control, they are certainly not the whole picture. I’ve seen improvements in everything from my cholesterol and triglycerides to my general energy level.

If you are starting this year with the goal of losing some weight, getting into shape or adopting some more healthy habits, yoga can help you on that journey. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing exactly how it has aided in my transformation. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Do you have a health and well-being goal for 2012? How has your yoga practice improved your health? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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  1. Andy Reply

    Jen – looking forward to this series! Coming into my second season of ultrarunning I’d really like to start incorporating yoga. No idea what I’m doing but you’re the first person that came to mind for where/how to start.

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