Even Yogis Get the Flu
Yes, that’s right. Even yogis get sick. At some point or another, we ALL get sick.
And I’m probably one of the few people who don’t horribly mind getting sick. Okay, that’s not quite accurate, I hate BEING sick. No one likes feeling horrible, having a fever, or generally feeling like crap.
But being sick, truly being sick, resting (because, yes, rest is coming for you), and letting your body heal can allow for great sense of ease, of renewal (that amazing feeling when you suddenly remember what feeling healthy is like), and introspection. (There’s only so much Netflix a sleepy sick body can handle.) And it is a great reminder to examine how we interact with others.
This weekend I canceled a yoga workshop. I NEVER cancel yoga workshops. And I canceled a yoga workshop.
Because I had a fever and was completely not doing well. And so, prior to the event, the studio and I decided to postpone the workshop until January. Because no one wants to study from a super sick yoga instructor with no voice and a sinus infection. That’s just gross!
In today’s society we forget to REST when we are sick. We often get sick because that person came into work even though THEY were sick. Or the person who used the spin bike before you had a cold and was trying to sweat it out. And you get sick.
We push push push when really what we need is REST REST REST.
And so, I beg of you, STAY HOME when you are ill. People will forgive you for postponing workshops. Could I have managed to teach? Most likely. Would it have been the experience the yogis were paying good money for? Definitely not. And I owed it to my students to stay home, to rest up, so that I can provide them with the best possible experience for their hard earned money. It was not an easy decision to make. But I firmly believe it was the best one.
Thanks to extra hour of rest (and yay antibiotics) I am doing much better. My next special event will be ten times the better for my rest. And all the yogis who planned to attend my workshop? They will not be infected with the December nasty flu-cold plague from me.
Because I rested.
So please, when you are ill, give your body the rest it deserves. You will feel better for it, mentally and physically, and you will also keep others on the path to wellness this holiday season.