Beth Shaw‘s latest book, YogaLean, which will be released this fall, offers a holistic approach to eating healthy, losing weight, and keeping it off. Here, she provides a sneak peek at her philosophy.
As I explained in my previous post, becoming “YogaLean” takes time, effort, and inner strength. By transforming your current way of thinking and embracing choices for mental and physical health, you will achieve a smoother, cleaner, and more energetic creation of space. I have developed seven principles of becoming YogaLean. I explained the first two in my last post, and now I want to preview the third and fourth principles:
3. Create your ideal multifaceted and holistic plan.
The wheel of a bicycle has many spokes. If one of the spokes is broken, bent or malfunctioning, the wheel is compromised and can collapse. The YogaLean program is the same way. It involves nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, supplementation, positive affirmations, and an action plan that all work together for a smooth ride. Your wheel also involves support groups, journaling, and community service work.
Crafting a plan that works for you and gets that wheel turning is crucial because if you feel bogged down by a plan that doesn’t conform to your personality or even your work schedule, then it will feel forced and seem (and may even be) impossible. YogaLean and Lean Consciousness are truly about developing a lifestyle that is easy to follow, one that allows you to enjoy life to its fullest while maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
4. Get comfortable being uncomfortable—learn to love movement.
Let’s face it: Dieting is uncomfortable, exercise can be uncomfortable, and so can yoga. In fact, in yoga we put ourselves in very uncomfortable positions in order to learn non-reaction, and how to stay present for life’s challenges. As Eckhart Tolle says, “when faced with a difficult situation you can leave it, accept it, or transform it.” Sometimes in life, leaving is just not an option, so we must learn to accept and transform the situation.
Many people live with so much fear and rigidity and resistance that being open is not an option. Even if you are severely uncomfortable with your weight or whatever life experience you’re encountering, change can feel scarier. Human inherently don’t like change. But the reality is, everything is always changing. So it’s better to get in the river and go with the flow then to try to hold back the tide with your little paddle. It’s never going to work, and sometimes you need to surrender.
At first, this shift of consciousness might feel foreign, scary, and uncomfortable, but once your body adapts to it, it will feel like the norm. If we live life trying to avoid challenges, we will become stagnant in so many ways. We will not evolve or grow (although our pants size might!) and I think we can all admit that a life without change is boring. Embrace the idea of a leaner, clearer, and different you!
For the other three principles of becoming YogaLean, make sure you pre-order my new book! It hits shelves Sept. 9.
Beth Shaw is the President of YogaFit, the world’s largest yoga training school.
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