Downward Facing Tree (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) meets Upward Facing Tree in Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island

Believe it or not, it is hard for me to take a real vacation. As a self-employed person, it is difficult for me to let go of all the daily tasks of keeping things going. However, I believe it is both necessary and rewarding to take a meaninful break from work.

For the past two weeks, I have let go as much as possible (with the exception of a few emails and phone calls here and there). I have minimized my time on the internet and maximized my time with family, friends and beautiful scenery. Oh, and I indulged in visits to several great book stores in Victoria, Portland and Creston!

I also took some time off from my regular yoga practice. Gasp! No, I didn’t go two full weeks without yoga. I took a Yin Yoga class in Vancouver that was taught by a friend I hadn’t seen in 15 years. I also pulled out my mat for some hotel yoga when I really needed it. But I did let go of the “shoulds” and simply enjoyed my time away.

As a result of taking time off, my heart feels light and my mind feels calm. I am ready to restart my yoga practice with a feeling of happy anticipation and renewed dedication. I am also ready to be back in the yoga classroom both as a student and a teacher.

My two weeks away have provided me with time for reflection and reconnection. I have reflected on my practice, studies and teaching. I also had time to appreciate the natural splendor of mountains, forests and oceans. As a result, I’m recharged and ready for the fall!

After Labour Day, life tends to get busy for many of us, but hopefully the rejuvination of the summer will keep us going in the fall. I will certainly carry the memory of this vacation with me as I move back into a full teaching schedule.

I know I will also have the companionship of my practice and more than a dozen books to keep me motivated! Many of my new books are yoga related and I’m certain to draw much inspiration from them. I hope to be able to share my thoughts and inspirations with you in the coming months!

See you on the mat!

Om Shanti,