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Mindful Eating is Eating Yoga

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga — in the sense that eating unites your body and mind’s intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness placemat that you could carry with you like a yoga mat, from table to table, from setting to setting, whether you are eating in or eating out, as a kind of portable eating mindfulness space of your own.

Sketch out a placemat that includes a visual diagram of mindful eating. For example, draw a picture of the eyes to denote the mindfulness of the appearance of food, with an arrow pointing to a nose for the mindfulness of smell, with an arrow pointing to a picture of the tongue for the mindfulness of taste, with an arrow pointing back to your mind (to remember to “open your mind before you open your mouth”).

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  1. Thank you for that!! It has taken me two years to lose 25 pounds. I lost it by planning to lose just one pound. When I lost that pound I would picture the scale with a new number on it. I did have to rethink my portions, food plan and then make healthy choices. Now to regularly think about how my insides are before I put something down there…AWESOME!

  2. Yoga is great. Combined with the proper food with yoga one can take care of themselves. Simple pranayams are the way, only takes a few minutes.

  3. I am just starting to work on one step of mindful eating (I’m starting w “leave something uneaten” : )

    I LOVE the idea of the placemat, anything to make me actually think about it in the moment! I need to think about what I can do to get there – your post has sparked my imagination for sure!

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