Sugar was recently called "a driving force behind some of this country's leading killers, including heart disease." But our friend Tara Stiles has a cure for sugar cravings -- yoga!
That's right, add sugar cravings to the list of things that yoga can cure. From her new book that is the 'yoga cure', Tara shares some of her thoughts:
"Cravings and addictions have to do with not being in the present moment, and often not wanting to be. This is where the vice comes in, whether it's sugar, other foods, drugs, or alcohol. Yoga is all about being in the present moment and paying attention to what is going on with you, right now. Dealing with it is more useful in healing addictions and facing cravings than mindlessly masking our feelings with food, drugs, or alcohol. This routine is designed to bring your attention away from cravings and back in touch with your breath, and in tune with your body. Do this routine three times a week to cure the cravings."
Seated Meditation Arms in V
Starting in a comfortable seated position, raise your arms overhead into a V shape. Relax your shoulders down your back and reach out through your fingertips. We are going to stay and breathe here for 3-minutes. Finding the ease in staying here will clear your mind and release loads of tension from your body.
Seated One Leg Forward Bend (Foot on Hip Crease)
Sit up tall with your shoulders above your hips. Extend your left leg straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and place the top of your right foot on your left hip crease. If this hurts your knee or hip place your foot on the ground inside your left thigh instead. If your foot is on your hip crease, you should feel your heel pressing into your lower belly. Inhale and lift your arms up straight. As you exhale, fold your torso forward over your legs, keeping your spine long. Stay here for ten long breaths.
Seated Shin Hug
Hug your right knee with your arms. If there is room press the bottom of your right foot into your left elbow, wrap your right arm around your right thigh, and join you hand to cradle the leg. If that hurts your knee, hold your right foot with your left hand and your right knee with your right hand. Lengthen you torso and sit up tall. Relax your shoulders downward. Sway your left leg from side to side to open your hip.
If your hips feel open, press your right hand under your right calf and bring your right leg to rest on top of your right shoulder. Grab the outside of your right foot with your left hand. Press your right fingertips into the ground alongside your right hip. Lean right, look under your left arm, and gaze upward. If there is room in your hamstrings, begin to straighten your right leg and keep opening your torso upward and toward your left. If it stops at the right upper arm, that's fine. Stay here for five long deep breaths. Unwind out of it and do the routine on the other side, beginning with the forward bend.
For more on yoga's healing benefits, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Yoga Cures! -- Jason