Today is Day 7 of our July Sun Salutation Commitment. (For more info on what we're doing, read about it here.) It is our rest day. For those of us "all or nothing" types, today is actually not a relief but a break in routine that may just throw us off the program completely. Taking a day off can prove difficult to we who lack an attention span. We're motivated and acclimated and now you're giving us a break?! Go, go, go...stop...oh, look...ice cream! At least that's the gist of how my mind works. So within the program alone is a lesson. For those who have a hard time committing, it's obvious where the challenge lies. Either way, just upon deciding to participate presents you with a choice; am I going to follow through with this commitment within the parameters with which it has been created? Considering that I created it and am leading it, I guess I better say yes. That doesn't necessarily mean I want to. My suggestion (not a mandatory part of the practice) is to do a Yin style practice today just to stretch out the body and give those repetitively worked muscles a break. Even I want to be defiant against my own recommendation. Then I laugh at myself, get on my mat and stretch, realizing in that moment why we are taking a rest day today. My body thanks me for not being a surly asshole and actually listening for a change. Ahhhh, the things we learn from yoga far exceed anything physical.
How was your first week? Please share your experiences.