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Brandt's Story:

At 30, I found myself with an autoimmune disease, overweight, and confused.

At my peak I was 100 pounds heavier than I am now. I had gained the weight slowly over ten years or so. I've always loved food, but I was disconnected from how it made me feel. And, looking back, I had many obsessive food behaviors. I ate when happy, when depressed, when bored...

I'd eat cheese as a snack before going to bed and wondered why I burped so much.

I drank a lot of coffee and twitched in my sleep.

I ate a lot. Some good food, some bad.

I tried to lose weight through exercise -- I ran 4 times a week or so while smoking 3-4 packs a day.

My weight bobbed up and down.

My knees hurt.

My sickness landed me in the hospital for a couple of weeks, followed by a few months of recovery. My near death experience highlighted my need for a spiritual life -- at the time, I had none. My legs were weak and I was completely out of shape. I needed to do something. I was grateful for being alive and wanted to continue that condition.

My girlfriend (now my wife) suggested I go to a yoga class with her -- so I went. I had no real desire -- no expectations for myself. The only thing I had on my mind was that a lot of women did yoga, so I probably would be out of place. I didn't know it at the time, but I was completely unattached to the result. I just did it.

It was fantastic.

I started doing yoga regularly and really felt it was changing me. I started to eat differently. Gained the willpower I had been lacking. As I physically opened myself, the weight fell into place.

My stress level lowered. How stressed had I been, anyway? I think I was in a constant state of stress.

I was not doing a strenuous practice. But I did it every single day. I have to admit -- I thought that's what everyone did. Like music lessons: I would go to class, learn some things, then try them at home. I didn't realize this wasn't always the case. Also,

I wasn't a "natural." I couldn't sit comfortably. No range of motion. Things others did effortlessly, I considered impossible. But I did it anyway.

I put myself on a new eating regimen which progressed all the time. Got addicted to various foods, and unaddicted again. This time there was a difference. I was aware of it. By practicing yoga every day the awareness came. The desire for awareness came, too. I wanted to know more and more about food. How much and what did I really need to eat?

The pounds came off. My diet evolved into this beautiful thing. I got rid of most of my addictive behavior. I enjoyed my practice. I got into my spiritual self through reading and meditation. Just bowing at the end of my practice and thanking the universe for letting me be alive changed me.

Awareness of more subtle aspects of my health and nature continue to reveal themselves to me. A taste of peace can effect your entire self. Developing regular practice gave me that. That is how I lost the weight.

Now I continue on my path, sharing the little I discovered with others and trying to continue uncovering myself. I still have my food weaknesses. I still eat too much sometimes. I still stress sometimes -- but it feels different than before.

About the Author

Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua is a private food coach and certified hatha yoga teacher. After struggling with weight, food and substance addiction, and serious illness, he found his way to an easeful restorative yoga practice. He has lost 100 pounds and maintained his health by being kind to his body. He currently has a private practice teaching yoga for weight loss and wellness in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (May 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411632141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411632141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have struggled for years with being overweight, and I have some serious physical limitations from injuries. I found this book to be a compassionate and practical guide to making changes in a way I could manage. It is well written and intelligent, and surprisingly easy to internalize. Using yoga and meditation to develop a healthy relationship with my body has proven to be an important first step in losing weight and getting healthy. This is not a quick fix book - it is helping me make real and fundamental changes to how I live day to day. I highly recommend it!
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This book serves as a guide to peace with oneself - in my opinion, possibly the "final solution" to life-long problems with food and weight, and other similar matters.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I've been practicing yoga for over 6 years. This book help me to start my home practice. Easy to read and understand even if you just started taking yoga.
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I enjoy reading Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga, and have put in MANY bookmarks and highlighted text. There is so much quality information with a gentle and supportive theme throughout the book. The little drawings of the different poses actually help. Sometimes the very talented people that do the posing are so intimidating that I can't possibly see myself doing the postures so the basic stick drawing really do work for me.
Passalacqua's down to earth approach and coaching both encourages and challenges.
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This is a wonderful book. I got so much information and understanding from it. The program described for weightloss is so easy to understand and makes so much sense. It is information that most people already know. It's nicely put and makes you think. I started the program described in the book and it's already working. I also ordered the CD & DVD that go with the book. I highly recommend anyone looking to change their eating habits to read this book.
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Motivational. Helped me focus clearly and get back into my practice. The illustrations were very helpful. I highly recommend this book.
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This book is concise, with clear direction for being at peace with food. The book does not overwhelm in either size or content. The author guides you toward your own Inner Peace and you learn how to to bring that peace to food. There are excellent simple illustrations of the yoga poses that call for you to breathe deeply into those poses and discover how to stay put and locate that Peace within. The author removes any personal relationship you may have to food, any identity you may have with food and moves you into a field of peace that expands into other areas. I highly recommend this book and I have bought additional copies for friends with longstanding weight issues, as was mine.
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