There is only so much time you can spend in Savasana*, even if it’s on a towel at the beach, the sound of the ocean waves perfecting the experience. However, a healthy dose of relaxation and rest is exactly that: healthy!
#yogaeverydamnday is one of the most misleading (and irritating) tags of the instagram yoga tribe. No ancient yogi ever intended to practice physical yoga every day. Not even the Hatha yogis, despite the tradition’s very assertive approach (Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit). Daily meditation? Yes, please! Daily headstand, 365 days a year? Absolutely not.
Ask any massage therapist, osteopath, GP, PT or nurse, and they will all give you the same advice: you have to make sure to take time off, especially if you are exercising a lot. And here’s why:
- You need to allow your muscles, your tendons and your cardiovascular system to reconstruct and repair themselves
- Let go. You might realise that once you step back and stop trying so hard, things will happen
- Avoid and heal injuries. Yoga might not be high-impact (at least not in the physical sense), but that doesn’t mean that injuries don’t happen. Constant overcharging your shoulders or your hips add to the natural wear and tear, i.e. you are ageing faster. Heal small injuries properly to avoid the bigger ones
- Rediscover the fun. Doing the same thing over and over again can get a bit boring. Taking a break might boost your yoga mojo
*Savasana, also known as corps pose, is typically reserved for the end of a yoga class.