Yoga helped me to lose weight and overcome addictions and self esteem issues. Now I want to find a way to help my loved ones to overcome obesity. Please help as I am concerned for the health and happiness of my precious family.

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  • Make it a fun time and get some yoga tapes and get some mats and have everyone practice the simple yoga basic postures and just have a good time teaching and and watching and enjoying each other. Use a basement or some place that will give you and your family ample room to do the poses.

  • Think about the psychological aspects of your challenge. Talk to them seriously about their problem; use what you know about each family member to create a compelling argument toward a healthier life. In relationships of a long-term nature like familial ones, you already have the communication tools, the “common language,” to communicate with them best; a pitfall of long-term relationships is that familiarity breeds negative habits, too, so think about the aspects of communication with your family members that have not worked in the past, and replace or discard those methods.

    In order to make changes in one’s lifestyle, the first thing that must be affected is the inner person. You stand as a compelling and salient example to your family members of what can happen when you want something bad enough. Build on the simple positive nature of your presence in their lives, and deliver your message (your plea, in some cases!), heavy on the positive, always giving them encouragement. Many self-help books have this running theme: we [the general we] avoid success most often because we are *afraid* of it, and scared to change because change means losing something, even if what is lost is of no positive use. As irrational as it sounds, it’s often so true.

    You may need to enlist the help of a trained, licensed mental health practitioner. There’s absolutely no shame in seeing a therapist of counselor! Nearly everyone does at some point in their lives. Don’t be afraid to use this or other tools to effect change in their lives.

  • I’m sure you learned from yoga that you do your best but let go of the results. You can tell your loved ones about the benefits, etc. but you can’t force anyone to do anything. Just be a great role model; enjoy your own life and eventually, people may ask how you got so happy and self assurred.

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