You deserve to rest. Yes, you. I just got over the flu. I was out for over a week. I haven’t felt that terrible in years. Every time I went to do my yoga practice I had to stop because I was out of breath and exhausted. Every inch of my body hurt. The most I could do was a few cat cow stretches. I was angry at myself for not being able to do yoga because I knew it usually made me feel better. I was angry that I didn’t sit for meditation because my head hurt and I didn’t have the energy to sit up. I was angry that my body felt so tight. I was angry I couldn’t teach my weekly class. I was angry that I didn’t have energy to do an elaborate super moon sequence and write out all of my 2018 intentions and reflect on 2017. I was angry at myself for only wanting to lay on the couch and watch movies. I was angry that I wasn’t doing enough. I was sick and all I had to do was rest and I was angry that I wasn’t resting in the right way. I felt like I had to be doing something. My work allows me to dive into self care and learn how to make it a priority but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally or easily. I had to let myself rest even if that meant laying on the couch for a few days and not being able to physically practice yoga. Last night was the first time I did a practice and sat for meditation in a week and it was absolutely glorious! All I had to do was trust in my body and be patient with it. I have a newfound appreciation for my practice now. I feel grateful that I get to do it rather than making it feel like a chore. When I let myself rest without needing to do anything or be anything I started to feel better. Listen to your body and let yourself rest so that you can come back refreshed and revitalized for the work ahead.


Samantha Barrett is a 500 hr Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Bucks County, PA. She received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Dragonfly under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek in 2015. She also studied with Rolf Gates (500hr), Seane Corn, Mas Vidal, Karl Straub, & Maria Garre. Her classes invite the student to explore the body & breath on the mat in a way that deepens awareness, creates flexibility, and awakens true nature. She is a certified Reiki II Practitioner under the guidance of Valerie & Ian Haag and has completed 16 hrs of Thai Yoga Bodywork training from the Vedic Conservatory. She graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and her passion for teaching has lead her into the light of Yoga.