January tends to be the month that we set our New Year’s resolutions, filled with motivation and excitement for this new cycle, determined to say goodbye to anything that hasn’t been working in our lives thus far.
One of the most frequent resolutions for us, women, is to go on a new diet or cleanse/detox, first, to make up for the holiday overindulgence and, second, with the hope that this time will be THE time that we will lose the weight and keep it off -no matter how many times we have already tried the exact same thing, or similar variations, to no good effect.
If going on a diet was one of your own resolutions too, but you never got around to actually starting it, and on this first day of February (which happens to also be a Monday, the most common day to start a diet!!), you feel the pressure to do that, or if you’re beating yourself up for not starting earlier, pause right there and hear me out: you don’t need to go on another diet. Ever.
And here’s why..
It’s #WhatToDoWednesday over in our Facebook Group (join us here, if you haven’t done so already!) and we’re also just one day before New Year’s Eve!
So, today I want to offer you some support and step-by-step guidance for the days to come, which can be quite challenging, especially if you are concerned about food, your weight and body.
It is difficult and rather rare to be living in today’s world and to not be affected, in some way or another, by the cultural pressure around having a ‘perfect’ body, shape and weight. Yoga, though admittedly being one of the most complete, rich and powerful systems of physical, mental and spiritual transformation, is not at all immune to this tendency of our times. Certain elements of yoga, as taught and practiced in the West, can aggravate instead of heal one’s own issues with their body image. However, yoga also has the great potential to help us build a loving, caring and non-judgmental relationship with our bodies -when practiced in a nurturing, non-competitive way and environment, and incorporates some absolutely essential elements. Read on to find out what those are!