When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to remember to diet and remain physically active. For Richard Wildman, this wasn’t an easy task to accomplish. He had tried going to the gym on his own, but could never stay committed to a routine or diet. Richard’s weight peaked at 669 pounds, but he has seen a decline since he started a new physical activity a couple of months ago: yoga. Since Richard began practicing yoga, his life has changed for the better.
Yoga has benefited Richard both physically and mentally. His yoga practice is gentle, but still has physical demands that help him burn some weight. Mentally, he feels more inspired to be active, and makes better eating choices because he wants to lose weight to get better at yoga. Since he started doing yoga, Richard has lost more than 50 pounds.
Having a dedicated instructor has also helped Richard improve his health. His yoga instructor, Heather Dombrovskiy, motivates Richard by joking that she’ll come to his house if he tries to skip a day. Richard hopes that in the future he can become an instructor like Heather, and work with people who have weight problems and might be too scared to start yoga classes like he was at first.
Read more about Richard’s inspiring story from People.