“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” 

~ Etty Hillesum

Admit it. There are days when even normal vinyasas are hard to accomplish. You’re just not feeling it. Trust me, we’ve all been there. Just yesterday I went to a gentle vinyasa class for  healing.  I thought it would be easy but, surprisingly, I was immensely shaky. I couldn't stay in a Warrior 1 pose for much longer than 20 seconds before my legs started quaking like crazy. I had to go into Child’s Pose no less than five or six times during the class. We even did modified sun salutations that didn’t involve Cobra, Down Dog, or Plank and I couldn’t even complete that sequence without being out of breath and trembling.

During your practice on one of those days, gently remind yourself that you should only do what your body says you can do. I was getting very frustrated with myself because I’ve done Ashtanga multiple times but, for some unknown reason, I couldn’t even hold Warrior 2. I had to remind myself that I shouldn’t get mad at myself because I  know  my body can do amazing things. Yesterday it just needed a little rest.

Keep thinking about your own amazing body, take care of it and don’t punish yourself for what you can’t do. If your yoga practice today consists only of breathing deeply in Child’s Pose for an hour, then so be it.

- Blog written by 15-year-old Kaitlyn M. who's been utilizing yoga to recover from a panic disorder and depression.