If you’ve ever tended a garden in the middle of a dry summer, you likely understand how important it is to be thorough with the watering.
When the ground is parched, an incomplete irrigation won’t saturate the soil, which causes roots to grow ever further afield in search of water, stressing the plants. On the other hand, when the soil is fully hydrated, the effect on plants is obvious. They practically glow with satisfaction.
Doing yoga is a bit like watering a garden. If a practice happens here or there, the effects are unlikely to penetrate in the ways that are most supportive.
Of course, what constitutes a thorough, satisfying practice will be different for different people, just as sweet potatoes, corn, and melons all need different amounts of water.
For some, one yoga class per week plus a bit of practice at home provides valuable and sufficient effect. Other people feel the need for more.
Whatever your current level of practice, it’s worth taking the time to consider, are the effects of your practice penetrating in a way that feels fully satisfying?
If the answer to this question is no, maybe, or not sure, the Spring Intensive could be just the thing to help you gather and receive the deeper effects of a yoga practice. And because it’s three days, rather than the full week of the summer and winter courses, it offers a manageable step up if you are accustomed to attending a studio class or two every week.
Come and quench that thirst. Give yourself some nourishment. Have a look here.
Umm… isn’t that a bit much yoga?
So just as plants can get over-watered, can there be too much yoga? Eleven hours of yoga in three days seems to be a lot.
As I mentioned in the last post, this is a really common question. It helps to understand that we don’t spend the entire intensive doing the most challenging poses possible. That would bun people out.
Instead, the intensive provides a balance of active, meditative and restorative practice. This allows students to fully engage with the practice without generating aggravation or strain. It lets people address a broader spectrum of needs and encourages a full immersion.
Wishing you well as the weather warms up.