The past few years have brought us a huge amount of information about health and wellness. If you Google you can literally find hundreds or thousands of articles, posts and pieces of advice – some of them right here on Yoga With Paul.
This abundance of information has made it easy to find things out, but sometimes makes it decide what is relevant and reliable to your own well-being.
I take the responsibility of having a blog and social media presence very seriously. They are spaces to share my personal experience, and what I’ve learned from years of yoga study and practice, but they are not meant to prescribe what is right for someone else.
Everyone’s experience is different. Even if someone did the exact same training I did, attended the same workshops, ate the same food, studied with the same teachers, their mind and body would process it in a unique way. The results would be different.
This is tremendously important to keep in mind, whether we’re browsing social media or in the yoga studio. Our culture is competitive and prescriptive: there is a plan or programme that is “guaranteed” to help you reach any goal. The problem is, we aren’t machines.
The combination of exercise and lifestyle that makes one person feel wonderful, strong and alive can make someone else frustrated, annoyed, or even sick.
Health, your way
Health and well-being are not monopolies. Look at the range in elite athletes: a champion swimmer wouldn’t last five minutes in an elite running race, and a world-class cyclist would look pretty foolish on ice skates.
Media and social media have a tendency to flatten the range of human experience and possibility by presenting a limited array of ideals. Scrolling through an amazing Instagram yoga feed can be inspiring, but remember, it is just perspective among infinite ones.
When it comes to figuring out what works for us there are some obvious basics: eat wholesome food, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, make time for relaxation and fun, surround yourself with caring people, be kind…
The fine-tuning of these principles is down to each of us. Information and guidance from the internet, teachers and experts are great tools to help us identify our own well-being patterns and needs. Ultimately, we should aim to be our best self – not somebody else.
What’s your well-being secret? Share in the comments!