Today is my 55th birthday… I don’t know what it is about birthdays and anniversaries that end in a 0 or a 5, but this one has caused me to pause and reflect on this incredible and surprising journey so far, including how my issues with food and body image turned out to be one of the greatest gifts in my life.
Like many others who struggle in their relationship with food, I often thought in terms of extremes: should or shouldn’t, good or bad, and all or nothing. Learning how to listen to and trust my body, make eating decisions without rules, and practice unapologetic self-care have transformed not only my relationship to food, but my entire life!
For me, yoga has been another amazing part of this journey. While my body became more flexible, so did my thinking. I was no longer stuck seeing my options (especially in terms of eating) in extremes. Through my yoga practice, I cultivate self-acceptance, nonjudgment, and presence—all skills that show up daily in my life off my mat.
I began practicing yoga in 1999—interestingly, the very same year I founded Am I Hungry? For several years, I was doing both in parallel, until one day, it dawned on me that in many ways, the skills were complementary. Now, we have finally put mindful eating and yoga together as another way for people to access these life-changing concepts!
Whether you are new to yoga, an experienced student, or even a yoga teacher, I believe that you will be inspired and energized by the lessons that mindful eating and yoga can teach you about yourself!
And thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this awesome journey!
Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly,
Michelle May, M.D., RYT