It’s that time of year again – you step on the scale, shake your head, determined that this year, finally, you have to do something about that excess weight. 

If you are anything like the 15 million people surveyed by researchers, you may have gained 15 pounds during the pandemic. 

As if the past two years haven’t been stressful enough, you now face the prospect of losing excess pounds.

Who wants to over exercise? You’re already too tired from all the stress. 

Who wants to starve? If you don’t eat enough you won’t have the stamina to keep up with the demands of your daily life.

You may have tried all the stupid diets in the past and discovered – quel surprise! – they don’t actually work. Or you lose 50 pounds and then you gain it all right back because you have not actually resolved the hormonal imbalances or the psychological stresses that made you fat in the first place.

What can you do that actually does work, feels good, lowers your stress hormones and increases your ability to adapt to our ever-changing society?

In this interview for the Natural Healing Show for UK Health Radio, medical intuitive healer Catherine Carrigan interviews Dr. Loren Fishman, author of Yoga for Weight Loss.

Dr. Fishman is the medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, author of 10 books as well as more than 90 academic articles and a world-recognized pioneer in the use of yoga to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. You can learn more about his wonderful work at this link.

In case you’re wondering, Dr. Fishman just celebrated his 81st birthday in November.

Aside from his resume, Dr. Fishman boasts a healthy body and enviable yoga practice thanks to over 50 years of daily poses and meditation.

You may have watched my first interview with Dr. Fishman about yoga for osteoporosis. You can watch my interview about yoga for osteoporosis at this link.

Trust me, you will want to watch this interview as well because Dr. Fishman is a wealth of surprising and scientifically backed information about how you can be healthy, happy and slim naturally.

I was blessed recently to get certified in yoga for osteoporosis by studying with Dr. Fishman.

Although I was already highly motivated to follow his direction in my teaching and personal practice, this message really hit home when my 84-year-old osteoporotic mother fell a few weeks afterwards and broke her left wrist in three places.

Side effects of a regular yoga practice include:

Weight loss 

Ability to maintain a healthy weight without dieting or over exercising 

Stronger bones

Inner peace

Self acceptance

Improved balance

Aligned posture

Muscular coordination

Sustained energy throughout the day

A beautiful body

Quieter mind

Greater ability to sail through the challenges of your life without depression or anxiety

Easy ability to maintain your ideal size without starving or over exercising

Questions addressed in this interview on yoga for weight loss include:

Why is yoga uniquely beneficial for helping people lose weight and maintaining our ideal size?

What does stretching our stomach inhibit our appetite?

What is PGC-1alpha?

What are mitochondria?

How does yoga and other forms of gentle exercise stimulate PGC-1alpha to enhance weight loss?

What are the three major mechanisms by which yoga helps you lose weight?

What are the advantages of yoga over diet?

What is yoga better than weight loss medicines?

How does yoga increase the number of mitochondria in our body?

How does yoga work at the physiological level to give us more energy?

What specific yoga poses work best for weight loss?

How can integrating yoga into our every day life work best for weight loss?

How does yoga increasing our energy help us lose weight?

How do backbends that stretch the stomach reduce our appetite?

How can practing two minutes of yoga three times a day before major meals help us eat less food?

What is metabolism?

How does yoga affect cortisol and insulin, the two major hormones that affect our metabolism?

How does yoga help us to feel more at peace with our bodies?

You can watch videos I’ve recorded of the 12 poses Dr. Fishman recommends in his original bone building sequence. Just click on the name of each pose to watch.

  1. Tree pose (Vriksasana)
  2. Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana)
  3. Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)
  4. Side angle pose (Parsvakonasana)
  5. Twisting triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
  6. Locust (Salabhasana)
  7. Bridge (Setu Bandhasana)
  8. Hamstring stretch (Supta Padangusthasana I)
  9. Adductor stretch (Supta Padangusthasana II)
  10. 10.Seated twist (Marichyasana III)
  11. Half lord of the fishes pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana I)
  12. 12.Relaxation (Savasana)

After learning about Dr. Fishman’s method in my early 50s, I changed the way I taught yoga. Now at age 62 I still teach 8 yoga classes a week and practice the bone building poses with all my students.

If you would like to learn more about how you can build your bones with yoga, set up an appointment with me or join my yoga classes, email or call 678-612-8816.

My Zoom yoga classes meet:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 to 9 p.m. EST

Thursdays 11 am to 12:30 p.m. EST

Saturdays 10:30 to 12 noon EST

What is healing? Healing happens when you give up diet and exercise practices that make you exhausted, in pain and miserable and practice yoga regularly. 

To order my books in paperback, ebook of audiobook please visit the Catherine Carrigan Author Central Page on Amazon at this link.

To set up an appointment for a medical intuitive reading or healing work, please email catherine@catherinecarrigan or call 678-612-8816. If you are calling internationally, please call me at the same number through WhatsApp so I can return your call toll free!