Author: Tara Stiles
Publication Information: November 11th 2014 by Hay House, Inc.
How I Got a Copy of This Book: I was sent an abridged ebook version for review purposes...but I am totally preordering a copy!
Goodreads Synopsis: In Make Your Own Rules Diet, Tara Stiles introduces readers to easy and fun ways to bring yoga, meditation, and healthy food into their lives. As the designer and face of Reebok’s first yoga lifestyle line, author of Yoga Cures and Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga, and the founder of Strala—the movement-based system that ignites freedom, known for its laid-back and unpretentious vibe—Tara has long been a proponent of creating a tension-free healthy life by tapping into the unique needs of her clients. In this new book, she teaches readers how to apply this inward-looking philosophy to themselves. When people understand what they need for true well-being, they can make their own rules—rules that will help them become their best selves. In her rulebook, it’s no pain, much gain. In fact, Tara stresses the importance of practicing with ease—leaving the discomfort and tension behind—because what you practice is what you manifest. Readers will not only learn to create their own rules but also to understand when something isn’t working anymore, so they can update their rules as circumstances change. Her approach takes readers from the kitchen, to the mat, to the cushion, in an effort to help them get to know themselves. After leading them through some basic guidelines about how to write their rulebooks, Tara lays out tips, techniques, and practices, including:
- A step-by-step goal setting process so readers can figure out where they want to focus
- Six yoga routines specifically designed to up energy levels, curb cravings, drop pounds, and enhance peace
- Eight breathing and meditation practices to soothe the soul
- 50 simple, delicious, plant-based recipes that can be made in minutes
- A 7-day kick-start program and a 30-day transformation plan to launch readers on their healthy, happy, radiant path
So join Tara today as she opens readers’ eyes to a new way of living well that anyone can do—no matter where they are now.
My Thoughts: I have been excited about this book since I first saw it announced earlier this spring or summer. I own a copy of Stiles's other book Slims, Calm, Sexy Yoga and really like its laid-back approach to yoga. From what I can tell, this approach carries over not only to the yoga routines in this book, but also the meditation techniques and the recipes she provides as well.
I love that Stiles encourages readers to be true to themselves, constantly reminding them that what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. We are all different. The only way to be successful at life and weightloss is to be true to yourself or you will wind up doing more harm than good. She encourages a self-loving approach that cuts out all of the guilt and stress that come with many other diet plans. Actually, this isn't even really a diet plan, though she does provide a couple of templates at the end of the book to show you how to make it into a plan.
The book has three main components that Stiles believes are necessary to create a healthier person, who will lose weight as a result of these lifestyle changes--yoga, meditation, and healthy food.
So, the yoga. Stiles includes several shorter routines to incorporate into your day. I like that there are shorter routines. For me this is doable. My job requires me to be at work at 6am three days a week, so I don't have a huge amount of time before going in, but I could totally squeeze in ten minutes first thing to get my day going right. When I come home from work I am totally ready to collapse, but I could easily squeeze in an afternoon routine. Then before bed, I can do the Easygoing Winding Down the Evening Flow routine before collapsing into bed. On my days off or when I go into work later, I can easily do loner routines. Stiles provides a thorough explanation and picture of each pose in the routine so you know what you need to do and how you should breathe in or transition into the pose. This makes the yoga accessible to beginners.
The meditation...I have never done much meditation. So I am really excited about learning more about it with the full book. The plans Stiles creates for readers have both a morning and an evening meditation. The explanations that I saw encouraged readers to be comfortable. Maybe you sit on the floor. But maybe you'd rather sit in a cushy chair. It's up to you. I love that. Comfort is key otherwise you totally won't want to do it.
As for the food, I am really excited to try many of the recipes. Stiles encourages a plant-based diet, which is totally not me. Plus, based on my living situation, it's not realistic for me to follow the eating plan she proposes at the end of the book. But I can definitely make some of these recipes regularly. Just for me at lunch or for me and my dad at supper (my mom is way too picky of an eater to try any of these).
I am really excited to try out the ideas introduced in this book and to adapt them to what works for my life. And I would highly recommend checking out the book when it is published.
In the meantime, you can go to this website for more information, including a book trailer and information about a giveaway.