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I notice an immediate difference in my thought process around my body and myself when I haven't been practising yoga as frequently as I do. Not only am I not as mindful around my food, but I also tend to have more negative thoughts.Yoga increases the oxygen to the brain, helping you to lower cortisol and put yourself in a state of relaxation. In this state, you are better able to think clearly and consciously and without your mean girl (that voice inside your head). By entering a state of consciousness, you are able to catch yourself if your negative self-talk pops up - and silence her. During this time, you are practising loving yourself move and paying attention to your body, which you will carry out into your day. Throughout Yoga, you are connecting your mind to the movements that you are performing and through this, you achieve mind-body connection. You are able to focus on your body, how it feels, moves and stretches and this is carried through your body where you are able to 'check in' with yourself. This practice improves my mindful eating and as I connect to my strong, healthy body, I feel at ease, happy and beautiful. Yoga encourages you to ask yourself questions, are you breathing fully? Are you balanced? Can you soften a pose and be kinder to yourself? All these questions can lead to breakthroughs later in your day like 'why are you eating right now?'. It is because you're hungry or board? ... How can you be more loving and kind to yourself when you stand in front of the mirror as you get out of the shower at night? Keep these questions open ended, and like your talking to the 5-year-old version of yourself. Having a negative perception of yourself is usually the result of disconnect. The mind begins to spin when it isn't connected with your body, comparing your thighs to models, counting calories from lunch or finding something to complain about in the mirror, instead of being grateful for what you have. When you really become present in yoga, these thoughts slow down and without even realising it, they are gone and you are focusing on your practice. It's truly amazing. Yoga isn't about hard, fast and 'perfect' movements like some HIIT classes or boxing. Instead, it is about fun. Switching up poses, trying new things - that's what yoga is about. When you adopt this practice, you will find those stressful situations are no longer stressful, and you are able to lighten up your attitude. Overall, when I am practising yoga, moving and stretching my body, I feel strong, sexy and beautiful. If you want to heal your relationship with food, also try using some of my positive affirmation cards! Just download, print and stick them in your fridge and pantry!