I’ve dabbled with yoga for a long time, but have not been consistent in my practice enough to feel anything other than a beginner each time I unroll my mat. I’ve come to accept that this is perfectly fine – and I would also love to spend more time in yoga and make it actual practice instead of an occasional activity. I love yoga for the way it makes me feel – centered & strong – and it’s so good for both my head and my body.

So I was excited when I received an email from Sebastian at So Much Yoga offering an infographic about how yoga helps with stress-relief and fat loss. This website just started a few months ago, but it is full of great articles and reviews of all things yoga. And the best part is, it’s for regular folk like you and me. You don’t have to be a super bendy yogi to appreciate it. Go check out the website and let them know how you like it – tell them you came from Sassypear! Here’s a few words and a fun infograph from Sebastian:

Why yoga can help you shed some pounds this year [Infographic]

It is usually this time of year, shortly after Christmas and the New Year Eve festivities, when stress begins to creep into my daily life. I love the holidays because it’s a time when my family comes together and we cook, bake, and binge eat all of the delicious dishes we made.

However, in January the mix of new year resolutions and the 5 additional pounds of cake and turkey I gained usually leaves me a bit frustrated.This year has been different though. It’s been 6 months since I started yoga and I have to say I have never felt better!Not just because I lost a few pounds, but because of how yoga has helped me see myself and define my weight loss goals.

I enjoy eating healthier food after a yoga session because it just doesn’t feel right to binge on junk food. It has gotten easier for me to resist cravings (and everyone who knows me also knows how much I love a good triple chocolate cheesecake brownie), but most of all I feel better about myself because every day I take time to focus on myself.

Even if it is just a 10 minute yin yoga session, the fact that I am doing something good for myself while becoming more mindful of what makes me feel good, and what does more harm than good, has helped me to make better decisions.

There is actually a lot of  research that supports my experience, so if you want to learn more about how yoga can help you lose weight check out my longer article on somuchyoga.com.

For a short,visual version just check out my little infographic below.