Giving your body the respect it deserves

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Giving your body the respect it deserves

Even olympic athletes have rest days.

That’s inspiring to me. Even though I will never compete in any sort of global yoga competition.  Just knowing that achieving my yoga goals has as much to do with resting as it does with the amount of hours spent on the mat, helps me grow.

In fact, it’s one of the reasons I supplement my yoga workout with diverse fitness routines, such as swimming laps, cardio on the bike and weights in the gym.

These activities work other important muscles, heal injuries, prevent me from bored with the same old postures, and most importantly, allow me to return to the mat refreshed. This diversity is especially essential as I grow older, and my body doesn’t give me the speed, strength and support as it used to.

Ultimately, it’s a form of self-care, and everyone ought to have their own version of it.

What’s your rest routine?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat

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