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If you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop health problems than if you carry fat mainly in your hips and thighs.

Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches or men with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches may have a higher disease risk than people with smaller waist measurements because of where their fat lies.

AN ELEVATED LEVEL OF CORTISOL is a major player in the accumulation of abdominal fat.  High cortisol levels have been linked to the following:

  • Increased fasting blood sugar
  • high blood pressure
  • insulin resistance
  • low bone density
  • depression
  • decreased immune function

High levels of cortisol are present when stress activates our SNS (sympathetic nervous system). 

A great way to lower your stress level is to regularly practice meditative breathing by itself or during your yoga practice.

Mudra of the Month

 Mudras are hand positions, eye positions, body postures, or breathing techniques that create a particular flow of energy when used alone or with asanas. 

Bhu Mudra - BENEFITS:  Helps with elimination and digestion.  Provides grounding energy - use with both fingertips touching the ground in a seated position to help steady and center yourself.



                              Meditation of the Month


Sat Kriya is a cleansing meditation.  It circulates energy through the cycle of the chakras, aids in digestion, and strengthens the nervous system.


Sit on your heels and stretch your arms overhead so they are straight.  Interlace your fingers except for the index fingers, which are pressed together and pointing up.  Using the mantra SAT NAM (Truth is my Identity), begin to chant SAT as you pull your navel in and contract the muscles at the base of the spine, then NAM as you release the contraction of the muscles.

Once you have chanted for 3 - 7 minutes, inhale and squeeze the muscles from the buttocks all the way to the shoulders.  Exhale.  Inhale deeply, then exhale and contract the muscles at the base of the spine and hold the breath out.  Inhale and relax.