The Best Piece of Advice for You and Your Clients: Take the Break

Take the Break

By Lisa Greenbaum
Yoga+Wellness

I write a lot about Yoga. Why we should regularly practice Yoga, with the central
goal of connecting back to our Self. How a daily practice that includes
meditation we can hold this space and then how we watch its effects ripple out
into all other parts of our life. I didn’t come up with this on my own, this is
what all great sages and Yogis talk about. If you truly want to experience
Yoga, you must commit. The thing is most of us are what is considered
“householder” Yogis. We practice Yoga, we love Yoga, but we also live in the
world with jobs, families, relationships and homes to care for as well. As
opposed to those who dedicate their entire life to the practice, spend the
majority of their day in meditation, forego all worldly attachments and
essentially live as monks. While the latter sounds to me like a bit of luxury,
I would miss my mom (I assume my husband would be leading the way if I even
suggested this as an option) and my cats and the hustle of the city, my friends
and classes etc… But there is a middle ground, and why I felt called to throw
myself into this new venture (and I’m a bit of a pitta/workaholic
and can’t help myself) and that is to step outside of our regular life from
time to time to take a real break, unplugged and dedicated to connecting to
Self, to our practice. In other words, a Yoga retreat.

While Yoga retreats come in all shapes and forms, for me I use them as a true reset
button for my practice. A chance to explore, peel back the layers, remove all
other obstacles of daily living, set intentions, and completely dedicate myself
to my practice. Though I practice for roughly an hour each morning at home, my
day quickly sets in of all the things that need done and I’m pulled into my
householder life. I love my life, and I’ve spent the last few years shaping it
to be so. But nothing helps me be more grateful, look forward to my regular
routine and to do lists like taking a break from it all and coming back with
fresh eyes and a renewed connection. Any Yoga retreat that I lead holds this in
mind and why when I built out the itinerary for 7 days in Costa Rica, I called
it “Journey to Self.” Because that’s what we are doing. Each day we have the
opportunity to meditate to the sounds of nature, watching the sun rise
overlooking the jungle from the Yoga deck. A different physical practice
dedicated to each of the 7 chakras as the week progresses. To explore Yoga
philosophy, ask questions and spend time in introspection, contemplation. To
spend the week falling in love with our practice and deepening our connection
to Self. A chance for renewal and growth and with the timing of our retreat
this year in April it will be like the perfect lift to the winter fog and into
spring.

Whether it be this retreat, or any other time that you can really step back and focus
on replenishing your cup, the important thing is that it happens. If you have
carved out time on a daily basis to practice you are already in a pretty
incredible space. Imagine the luxury of a few days or a whole week? (India is
two!!) If you feel like you are pushing to get through each day. If you are
beginning to resent what you once loved so much. If you’ve begun to take
yourself for granted and are continuing to increase the demands on yourself to
keep up. It’s time to step off the wheel. Take a break. Reset. Trust me as one
who has been through the ringer of burnout more times than I can count. If we
don’t do this for our self, no one is doing it for us. It’s time to replace
that little voice in our head falsely telling us that we are not enough with
one of love. Put down your phone, close your laptop. Take the break. In fact,
right now close it all down and spend 5 minutes just simply paying attention to
your breath. It’s amazing what you will find.

With
love and light, namasté.

Originally Published by Lisa
Greenbaum Yoga+Wellness

Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT 500 and
C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, has a strong passion for fitness, yoga and movement. She
has worked with countless individuals, including her own personal practice,
using Yoga based practices to release stored trauma from the body, finding ease
from chronic pain and tension and a deeper connection to Self: mind, body and
spirit. She is the Founder of Sangha Wellness Retreats, focused on empowering
her students through yoga and community. Lisa is a Global Ambassador for the
Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) and has also been included as part of
Optimyz Magazines’ 100 Health and Fitness Influencers in Canada 2017, 2018 and
2019. The winner of the 2018 Delegates Choice, Canadian Presenter of the Year
for canfitpro, Lisa has been active in the Yoga/Fitness industry since
2001. Check out her amazing retreats here.