Intentional Rest - is something many of us take for granted, or put off until later...but sometimes later only comes if we are forced to rest because of our health, or because we burn out.
There is a saying - listen to your body whisper so you won't have to listen to it scream...and I think this is really true.
Intentional rest - like taking time out for yoga, meditation or guided deep relaxation, is really something we have to commit to and make a habit of, in order to keep your light shining brightly. Burn out can leave you feeling numb, dull, without any energy or with a dimming life force. From my own experience it can take weeks, months or even years to replenish our mauri/ life force.
By practicing yoga and yoga nidra this is really taking that special time to just focus on you, and it's not selfish, it's necessary.
There are many pressures on us today to constantly be showing up, constantly striving, to be busy or achievement...
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.
A yoga practice with intent is called 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 maybe 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 -