Rest days are scary as hell. As someone who was once quite a bit heavier, I find the idea of taking time out to rest pretty scary. Like everything I've worked so hard for will fall apart if I don't keep going.
And then I get exhausted.
And then I get injured.
And then I get sick.
So the lesson is to take time to rest. But, that does not have to be the same way that other people find rest. That's the journey; to find out what rest looks like for me, and do it. In yoga, Savasana (that rest at the end of a class) is stressful for me. I cannot relax mentally or physically. So I've started bring my sketchbook and a pencil into the mix. I can lay on my stomach and quietly draw or write. This relaxes me like nothing else. I feel rejuvenated and calm. If I continued to force myself to lay still on my back and "relax" I would be tense and anxious.
What I'm getting at is this; your rest may not look like someone else's. Just because your in a room full of quiet and blissed out yoga practitioners does not mean that there is something wrong with you for not feeling calm. You may need to find your own way to find that ease of stillness and rest.
And when you find it, get on with your bad self.
Love long and prosper, Namaste.
Jocelynne Lowans is an animated Yogini-Artist on a mission to deepen the creative experience and growth of the world while remaining a crazy cat lady.