Like many Yoga Instructors, I love my job. I love the smell of a sweaty Yoga room, and the release of a Restorative class. Yet, somewhere along my path, I began to lose sight of my intentions. I found myself suffering. To put it plainly, I found myself injured. Overworking my muscles in various activities and also during my classes, I began to feel pain almost all of the time. The sensations would move; knees, lower back, elbows. I went to the doctor, got sent to another, and then came home to my own feelings of despair and depression. So, I took a bath. And while immersed in Lavender bubbles and Epsom salts I began to listen to my pain. I tuned into my own inner frequency and realized that my worst fear had come true; teaching so often had allowed me to really lose sight of my own Yoga practice. I do belive that this constant imbalance was a major contributor to my physical pain. In honoring my bodily pain, I have decided to cut back my teaching schedule. And, my body already feels better.
Moral of the story: tune in to pain, physical or mental. Allow it to guide you, really letting yourself listen. As mundane as it may sound, your body is trying to tell you something. And as added incentive, review the picture I have posted above to see what NOT listening can do.