Intentional Rest -
There is a saying - listen to your body whisper so you won't have to listen to it scream...
Intentional rest - like taking time out for mindful movement, meditation or guided deep relaxation, is sa gift to give yourself in order to keep your cup full, and inner light shining brightly.
Intentional rest is something you really have to DO in order to gain benefits, and it's not the same as relaxing on the couch in front of the tv, having a glass of wine, or going out with a friend. Those things can be relaxing, fun and ,maybe important in their own ways yes, but Intentional rest goes beyond these things.
It is a practice of self care that takes you into a certain state, brain waves are at a certain frequency, and the body - mind is better able to heal, let go, release tension, improve interoception and process life.
By practicing mindful yoga and guided deep relaxation you are taking that time to focus on intentional rest, your...
For many it is the next step in their yoga journey, for some it has been an unwelcome necessity during this pandemic. But either way, you CAN develop a beautiful home practice that will have many benefits for your wellbeing, self-care/ self-aroha.
A yoga practice with intent is called a Sadhana, and it's powerful, personal and may even change your life! (Your Sadhana is of a spiritual nature and the focus is not only on doing poses to gain physical mastery. It's about what's on the inside as well.)
But there can be many obstacles along the journey, and initially it can be helpful to have some guidance and to know that although there may be barriers, there are also solutions.
Here's some of what I've heard and may have even said myself sometimes in my 21 years of yoga teaching -