One of Yoga's Most Important Lessons
Greetings yogis! Yesterday, I felt very exhausted. I barely made it through half my usual practice. I had a huge "to-do" list looming for the rest of the day, but instead I chose to rest. Like, full on lying in bed for hours. I don't have a 9 to 5 job, but even if I did, I think I would have made the same choice by taking a sick day--that's how bad it was.
It wasn't easy to take this amount of rest; I wanted to get my work done, and I had to fight voices in my head that called me lazy and said "you're not REALLY sick." But had I not rested, I would have been useless the next day and probably for the rest of the week. I would have been grouchy towards others in my life. Besides, not resting is how people end up with adrenal burnout or thyroid problems or a whole array of other health issues. I should know, because I've done it before.
To me, yoga means not bullying your physical body into what your mind would prefer. It's honoring the body, and recognizing that the mind can't function to its best ability anyway if the body is neglected. Resting is hard sometimes, but it is vitally important to listen when your body says it needs a break.
So go easy on yourself when you need to, yogis ❤️