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Justyb2010-07-04 17:32:45 +0000 #1
Hi....A month or so ago I had a really bad bout of gastro flu and didn't practice for over 2 weeks. I then did a weekend workshop as I am doing a yoga teacher training programme and found i was very stiff and resistent to my practice. Since then i have found it extremely difficult to get motivated to do my home practice and am getting a little frustrated. I know if i went a little easier on myself I would just do a little and ease myself back into my practice after my illness, but just don't seem to be able to get away from the black and white thinking - any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated!!

Justine
isimplicity2010-07-04 17:38:20 +0000 #2
Sickness doest come simply because of infection. Usually we get ill when we do something wrong, think something wrong or feel something wrong; and this especially works in case of yoga/spiritual practitioners. When you get ill, you lose energy to recover your body. As a result, you feel distressed, out of ordinary state, and it is harder to get back to your full day-to-day practice.

It is really hard, I can tell on numerous examples of mine, - and my advice is:

1.realize what happens when you get sick, realize that you have to recover yourself step by step as your condition is different now.

2.form a strong motivation. You can do this making analytical mediation on your life and practice goals. Be gentle and caring with your mind, explain yourself what and how you want to reach, - treat your mind like a small child. Motivation is a key point here.

3.be patient with yourself

4.do not torment yourself with hard trainings at once. Start with something easy you can do without overtire and *with smile*

5.do something, stop being negative towards your non-doing and passivity

Wish you best luck! In some situations, every practitioner meets this issue. We just have to remind ourselves, that *we* can change it all, just need a little effort.
pinky112010-07-04 18:01:51 +0000 #3
Hello Justyb

Idea here is to be regular. You can tone down your practice for a while while you are not well. Yoga is such a thing it will take a long time to come into the groove, there will be enough time to cover it up..

All the best

Daljit

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