Wellness is More than Green Juice & Hard Bodies.

Via David Romanelli
on Nov 27, 2013
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Two female joggers on foggy Morro Strand State Beach

Warning: naughty language ahead! 

She approached me after class and asked the question I never, ever thought I’d hear:

“Dave, how did you get such ripped abs? Is it the yoga?”

I couldn’t tell if she was being serious.

She had fancy workout gear, a fantastic yoga practice, and breasts whose architecture could hold their own in the Dubai skyline.

And then she said, “Just kidding!”

As she walked into the Power Hour class, I looked down at my core, leaner than it used to be, but still showing evidence of late night adventures to South Brooklyn Pizza.

So be it—I have learned to be f*cking proud of what I got!

Over the past few years, we have seen a proliferation of elite wellness on social media.

Maybe you’ve seen the pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook like:

“Here I am in a one-handed handstand. Practice makes Perfect. #handstand #werkIt!”

“Crow Pose while surfing this sick wave on the Big Island.” #108inthe808 #GratitudePrincess #workNEVER

“Green Juice Throwdown! #30LBSin30Days”

This is a form of wellness for people with a certain type of a body, a certain type of income and a certain amount of free time.

Should something as important as wellness be so exclusive?

Maybe it’s just me but a scroll through my Instagram newsfeed makes me feel hairy in the all the wrong places. (I know I know I know what the self-helpers are saying right now: “Dave you are projecting.”)

I’ll tell you what I’m projecting: A new type of wellness that is inclusive of the other 95 percent of the population.

Here’s a shout out to anyone who, like me, feels like a Ford F-150 on the yoga mat and doesn’t care about doing fancy poses.

Here’s a call to action for anyone who wants to embrace wellness but just can’t stomach green juice.

Here’s a rally cry for those of you who can’t make the trip to Hawaii (work, kids, money) but are all for a trip to your Inner Hawaii.

If you, like me, are part of the other 95 percent, let’s be honest with ourselves. Wellness does not come when we can balance on our hands or bare our belly on the beach—

—but when we can find someone to hug (or high five).

—when we can perceive beauty as a feeling (not a look).

—when we can smile because we have surrendered (not dominated).

Try this on for size: happy is the new Healthy!


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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.


4 Responses to “Wellness is More than Green Juice & Hard Bodies.”

  1. Aparna Amy says:

    Sama dosha samagnis ca sama dhatu mala kriya prasannatmendriya manah svastha ityabhidiyate

    Sushrita Samhita 15:38

    "One who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas, balanced agni, properly formed dhatus, proper elimination of malas, well functioning bodily processes and whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss, is called a healthy person."

    Nowhere does Ayurveda mention ripped abs as a prerequisite for health 🙂

  2. Brandiece says:

    Beautiful! Well said!!

  3. I shared this article on social media. I've got workarounds for finding "my inner Hawaii" … I love sweating it out on my yoga mat at home, and stilling the fluctuations of the mind. It takes light use of technology in my case; though I used to need online downloads… I have to relegate offerings like that to the vast category of low signal-to-noise ratio that is,imho, today's yoga world ….

  4. Amy – you're right!!

    Brandiece – thank you!

    Amphibi1yogini – thank you for the share – so glad you're able to access your inner hawaii!!