I hope everybody reading this has had a really nice and restful holiday. If some of you that haven’t had time to continue your Sādhanā or own Practise of yoga, stop feeling guilty. Give yourself a break. It is healthy to have a bit of time away from yoga. Yes, I said it. At the end of the day those of us who don’t have a small cave or yoga retreat need to engage in other stuff than training all of the time. This all comes down to the fact that your yoga Practise, your strength training, your running, whatever you do is a choice. Not something you should do but something you could do. I am a firm believer in self-discipline but without the occasional step back you can end up with not seeing the woods for the trees. What I mean is that a little period of regeneration, a reboot, is healthy and good for you. Having a fear that you’ll somehow break your practise or never return to it is understandable but it isn’t going to happen. In fact, relentlessly pushing yourself through the natural peaks and troughs of life is the only sure-fire way to burn yourself out. The trick, if there is one, is to embrace it the break from discipline. Do not fight against it. I always tell myself that I have chosen to take this. This is what I want to do right now.
Often, what happens upon returning to your training is you’ll notice a little stiffness or that certain positions or exercises are more of challenge. Returning to movements after not doing them for while is naturally a bit tough. However, you will probably find this difficult is offset by a new energy. It may be a bit tricky to get into it but once you are going again you’ll have a fresh perspective. Maybe you’ll even find you need to try something new.
On a personal note I’m working on a new yoga sequence. I want to have something which is a bit more dynamic and suited to the shorter 55 minute classes that I will be starting this year. I want to have as much of a flow to it as possible and I want it to follow some new music. The dynamics will lend themselves to a power yoga attitude I think. I will write a little more about it and the process for planning it over the coming weeks. Have a great time for the last week of this old year and an excellent start to the fresh new one. I