The theme of my week so far as been rest.

I got up at my normal early time on Monday and spent the entire day sleepy and exhausted. The past two days, I went to bed early and slept in so that I could have more time for recovery.

What this yoga practice has taught me is how to distinguish when I'm being lazy and unmotivated (which isn't always a bad thing, but that's a different topic for a different day) and when I'm in need of rest and recovery.

It's a preventative measure so that I don't push myself too far and get sick. I've often avoided this resting period because I've viewed it as a form of failing, of slipping off the wagon of the strict and disciplined routine I've designed and imposed on myself. Having an all or nothing type of personality combined with being a perfectionist, I often gave up if I "messed up" even a little.

I'm getting comfortable with the idea that it doesn't have to be that way. By reflecting on my day, my week, my month and my year more often, I realize how much I have accomplished and how equally important it is to have this time of rest and play.