Monday, March 21, 2011

Fell off the Wagon of Relaxation

When I started my 40 Day Relaxation Practice I was fairly certain that I would be able to make it. And I did. But what I didn't expect was to keep on doing it for 8 more days. Then, since I had kept up my practice, I was a bit arrogant thinking to myself, "This is so easy. I can keep on and on." No. I can't. I fell off the wagon on Friday. It's always Friday that messes me up. The time that I like to relax happens to be exactly when I teach Yin (which is relaxing for me but not the same as receiving a relaxation practice). So, I missed Friday, then Saturday, then Sunday. As we say in Minnesota, Oof-da! I know I'll get back on the relaxation wagon, but it's been interesting to observe how easy it is to let a good habit slide. 

2 comments:

Kristin said...

What you bring up, regarding "Friday's messing you up" - is where I struggle with these multiday challanges.

For myself, to try and 'cram' something in on a day where it may be inappropriate to do said task, is to me, counter-productive mentally and spiritually. For myself, all good habits should be maliable and adaptable.

Perhaps the acceptance that Friday's may not be the best day to practice a designated relaxation could lead to a kind of release in and of itself, and to then take a longer session on Thurs or Saturdays instead?

But I agree with your last statement - it seems too often we let go of the good habits so easily. Maybe that's why it's called a yoga practice? :)

Karen said...

yah sure, Sara. Ya Betcha. Usually Saturday is what messes me up. Friday is one of my days to just come home and crash.