Yoga teaches me that it's okay to take a nap. I used to feel lazy when I took a nap and felt kinda guilty going to sleep midday. I was surprised to hear one of my peers in yoga teacher training say the same thing, except she simply refuses to nap! "I was brought up to work hard and napping is regarded as laziness, so I don't nap." she said.
"Damn" I thought..."I feel like I need it." It was that same summer that I read Julie Cameron's The Artist's Way and she validated the need for each person to find a schedule and way of BEing that is right for them. She also said "some people will call your idleness laziness, but that is a form of abuse. Giving yourself rest or time to contemplate is not being lazy, it's being aware."
And I find pockets of this awareness in my yoga practice and it helps me "be okay" with all the little things I need to do for myself to continue to have the capacity to share what I do with the world. Everyone is different, and some folks don’t need much rest. But for me, I've always had the tendency to act in a way that I intuit makes those around me feel most comfortable which is often out of alignment with who I am or what I need. So my yoga and meditation practice is a process of remembering who I am and what I need to continue forward.
So, I nap frequently and enjoy it! Though I've found that longer naps tend to make me feel disoriented so I stick to 30-45 minutes.
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