This week a student at the studio decided to practice a class almost entirely in child's pose and savasana. Afterwards we spoke about her experience.
"I felt like maybe I should have gotten up and done something, but it's not what I needed," she told me.
She then went to explain how stressed she's been working tirelessly on a social justice campaign while also trying to balance her graduate work. She told me that she was physically and mentally exhausted from it all.
I was so pleased to see her modify the class to make the most out of her practice and honour what her mind and body needed. There is nothing wrong with practicing restorative poses (even in a vinyasa class!) when that's what you need. It's so hard to properly relax at home when there are lists of things that need doing. What's wonderful about the yoga studio is that you can't do anything about the things on this list once you've committed to 60 minutes of practice - giving you time to really be present.
After class she told me that she felt refreshed and it was just what she needed. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes by telling you to leave your ego at the door and practice wherever your edge is today, but hearing this student's experience really reiterates why this is important.
It's your yoga practice. Give yourself some love by stepping back and assessing what you need most from it. x