I have a friend who is quite the gym bunny. She is fit, healthy and gorgeous. She is also an avid yogini. But she would never take a class with the word Hatha in the title because that would just involve 'sitting around breathing and stuff'!! She always skips out before savasana because 'what is the point of just lying there when you could be doing something?'.
But it is doing something. And that something is so important. Rest. I teach a dynamic style of yoga called vinyasa flow. Vinyasa means connection. Each pose flows into the next by linking breath with movement. You will breathe, you will move and you will sweat. But there is a time when the movement subsides, the breath slows and rest is the focus of the practice. Constructive rest gives your body time to absorb the benefits of a more energetic style of yoga. It gives the body time to recover. When the body is tired and the mind is quieter, meditation is more accessibe. Effort and rest are just as important as each other.
My friend recently confessed that despite her high level of physcial fitness she is always tired. And when she is tired she goes for a run to boost her energy. But it wasn't working anymore. She asked me whether yoga might help. I told to stay off her mat and put her runners away for a few days. And then to alternate between more restful and dynamic yoga classes. And never skip savasana again. Ever. She rolled her eyes and reluctantly agreed. After a week she felt better. She had more energy. She felt less stressed. Her body felt more balanced. Burnout is a real thing. It is horrible. It happens to yogis and non-yogi alike. Rest is the antidote. Move, breathe and always rest.