Body Image/Weight & Food issues
When we breathe and take in oxygen our fat molecules combine with the oxygen atoms to produce carbon dioxide which is then eliminated via the breath. If our breathing is limited our bodies will store rather than eject the acidic toxins of fat which in turn which not only lead to fat retention but also lower cellular PH creating unhealthy cells. Cellular health is the basis of your overall health.
And as if all of this isn't enough, research has identified a relationship between fat and cancer, because of fat's acidic properties which lower the body's cellular PH level and oxygen levels subsequently leading to cell degeneration and malfunction.
Approaching weight issues by managing food intake doesn't work. The diet industry exemplifies this approach and has an incredible 98% recidivism rate. Yet it continues to be a multi-billion pound industry. Undoubtedly the most successful 'failed' industry ever.
The increasing incidence of obesity throughout the Western world provides evidence that we are in need of a fresh perspective on how we perceive, as well as how we treat, our bodies. Anorexia and Bulimia provide disturbing examples of just how far removed we can become from our bodies natural rythmns.
It's essential to look at the physical-mental-emotional aspects as a whole. The three are inextricably linked. Working with the Breath does exactly this. You will experience your body in an entirely different way. As a consequence your relationship to, and your feelings about, your body will begin to change. You will discover more about your behaviours, those that serve you and those that do not. You will clear emotional energy which keeps you stuck in patterns which no longer serve you and crucially will cease trying to 'overcome' using willpower alone. We need to go deeper and find the core issues underpinning our actions, not simply grit our teeth and further suppress/repress bodily urges.
As with most destructive behaviours we can often find an underlying positive intention (for example some of us overeat to feel more 'grounded' in the body) with a less than ideal strategy for achieving it. Solution : keep the positive intention and find a healthier way to reach the same goal. In this example whereby an individual is seeking to feel more connected to, and grounded in, his /her body a combination of breathing practice plus gentle exercise will provide an effective starting point.