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Non-alcohol related fatty liver disease is a condition where fat collects in the liver. In some people, this can lead to liver damage due to inflammation and the development of scar tissue called fibrosis. To reduce the risk of liver damage, it is important to make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to a healthy diet and physical activity, did you know that yoga might also help people with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease?

Yoga is an ancient practice that combines specific body postures, breathwork and meditation. In the classic definition, “yog” means “union” of the body, mind and spirit. By bringing us into a more centered space, yoga has potential benefits for many chronic conditions, including non-alcohol related fatty liver disease!

There is growing scientific evidence to support the benefits of yoga in non-alcohol related fatty liver disease. There are multiple published studies, most in people who are overweight or obese. The benefits have been wide-reaching, including benefits like:

  • A decrease in body fat
  • An increase in the amount of muscle in the body
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved control of diabetes
  • Reduced anxiety, depression and stress

Stress can have an especially negative effect on your body and your mind. Have you heard of the term “stress eating”? Stress can make it more difficult to make healthy lifestyle choices, and this can make fatty liver disease worse. When you’re in a more centered space, you’re more likely to be engaged with healthy behaviours. You’re also more able to tackle the challenges that your day might bring! And that all translates into a healthier, happier you!

In your LyfeMD program you’ll learn a number of yoga poses that will strengthen your body. This includes trikonasana or the triangle pose. It is a beautiful side stretch. You’ll also get access to powerful breath work practices like the alternate nostril breath which and meditations that help to calm your mind. The programs will change over time as we build more and more scientific evidence in this space. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the mat where you can explore how yoga could help you with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease!