(A Guest Blog by Chrysalis Woon Ying Xin)
For this, plastic surgery is out of the question as according to Ronald Dahl, even if you physically look beautiful, it won’t make you truly beautiful.
So for this step, I decided to look inwards. But I couldn’t do this alone or just through research. I needed to meet someone who was beautiful internally and externally. Which is why I approached a close friend of mine, Lishan to help me answer this.
When I first met Lishan, she was struggling with her bulimia and body image issues. But 5 years later she has become one of the most beautiful people that I have ever met. She shared with me how discovering yoga had helped her feel beautiful and how it helped with her bulimia. It inspired her so much that she decided to pursue yoga and learnt how to teach it to others. She even started teaching others! (Which you can take a look at http://www.sauchaspirit.com/)
When I interviewed her, I asked her why she went into yoga and how it helped her overcome bulimia; this was what she has to say:
“I first practised yoga more than 2 years ago by deciding to try out a class at Hom, Orchard Central.
Bulimia is something not many people understand. A lot of people think that giving advice such as eating healthier and doing more exercise will help when in fact it doesn’t. It’s like telling a shopaholic to stop shopping or telling a smoker the bad points of smoking. We understand that it’s not good, but we keep doing it because it helps us cope with certain emotions we can’t explain.
Yoga helped me overcome bulimia as it’s not just a physical exercise but a holistic one. There are various benefits of yoga such as its ability to reduce stress, develop focus and listen to your body’s wisdom.”
Out of curiosity, I asked her what was the difference between Pilates and Yoga (as I have done Pilates before), and she replied,
“Pilates is about looking good. Yoga is about feeling good.”
So back to step 3, how can everyone be beautiful?
Everyone can be beautiful because every single person IS beautiful. The trick is to start believing it yourself. For Lishan, she struggled with feeling good about herself. But through yoga, she was able to start connecting within herself and appreciate her gifts beyond her looks and external accomplishments.
Check out the rest at http://www.chrysaliswoon.com/on-the-search-for-beauty-male…/