A healthy weight
is more than a
number on a scale
a therapeutic approach to weight
management with kundalini yoga
BY MAHAN KIRN KAUR KHALSA
We may anticipate Summer bathing suit season with dread
or anticipation—partly due to how we feel about the way we
look. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is about
more than the number on a scale—it’s related to cultivating
overall balance through strengthening the body, training the
mind, and experiencing a clear vision of the inner self.
There are many things that we can do to heal the body
and mind while also preparing for that summer suit. Some
Change your focus from continually trying to shed pounds to
building yourself internally and working on yourself from the
Look in the mirror before your brush your teeth and list five
things that you love about yourself. Look into your own eyes
when you speak. It may be hard at first and may bring up some
resistance but keep at it until you believe it!
Start with your normal serving size of food and cut it in half.
Eat half and leave half for the angels, or pack the leftovers for
a friend, or for your next meal.
Drink two glasses of lemon water upon rising, then drink two
glasses of water 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner
to drink your eight glasses for the day!
Walk 20 minutes twice a day. Bring a friend or enjoy the silence.
Meditate to balance your emotions, build stamina, release
fears, insecurities and anger.
Meditation for Increased Stamina, Endurance and Will-Power
2. Do Breath of Fire* through the nose for two minutes.
3. Form an “O” with the mouth and breathe very long and
deep through it for two minutes.
4. Inhale deeply. Hold and tighten your muscles. Exhale.
Inhale again and hold the precious breath. Exhale and
This exercise gives you the capacity to develop your stamina
and yogic endurance. It helps you neutralize emotions, internal
commotions, and feelings, and gradually improves the self-mastery needed to cure your bad habits.
To encourage overall balance, and well-being, incorporate
practices like Kundalini Yoga that combine posture, breath,
movement, and meditation for a synergistic, multi-dimensional
approach to increasing energy, improving mood, promoting
detoxification, boosting metabolism, resolving underlying emotions, and deepening relaxation.
For additional tips including a Yoga sequence to strengthen
the stomach, improve digestion, and lose weight, read this
article online in our digital edition! LAYOGA
START WITH THIS SIMPLE FOUR STEP 11-MINUTE EXERCISE
TO BALANCE THE BODY AND MIND:
1. Sit calmly and quietly in a cross-legged position. Let your
arms rest in your lap. Close your eyes and see through your
eyelids; use them as a screen to watch your own internal
dramas. Go inward, within your heart center. Meditate
deeply. Remain still. Continue for seven minutes.
Mahan Kirn Kaur Khalsa is coteaching in the three day YogaLean Retreat and Training along with Beth Shaw and Katie Pearson from May
27 – 30 at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Please email media@yogafit.
com for more information.
Mahan Kirn Kaur Khalsa is an internationally recognized yogi and healer, whose book,
Bound Lotus, details her journey of healing herself from Reflect Sympathetic Dystrophy with
Yoga. She has achieved the highest certification in the ancient healing tradition known as
Sat Nam Rasayan®. Mahan Kirn currently lives in Los Angeles and has a private healing
*Breath of fire is a series of rapid and equal breaths in and out through the nose, while
naturally pumping the abdomen with the breath.