Sometimes the universe does give you what you need, even if you don't want it. 

I am currently dealing with some medical issues that have zapped my energy and won't allow me to bend at the waist. It seems silly but when you really think about a yoga practice we bend at the waist A LOT.  I spent the last week to ill to practice, but this week I am trying to fight through and slowly make my way back. But I still feel so limited with the inability to bend forward.

I am an intermediate/advanced practitioner and I practice approximately5x a week (4 home practice, 1 studio) so even one week off was hard.   This past year I've been strengthening my home practice thanks to the guidance of one of my teachers and it has been very enlightening to learn how not to move to keep up with class but rather move for what my body, brain and breath needed for that day, what my body needs to maintain my physical and mental health. 

I reminded myself of that yesterday when I started back and I managed to find a 10 minute practice that allowed my body to move and breathe in a way that felt supportive and healing. Today I was able to do a 15 minute practice and I hope to add a few minutes a day till I can be up to a 30-45 minute practice that feeds my healing.  I don't know how long I will have these limitations, but I was moved to tears today as I laid in Savanna and realized that these short practices of just a few basic poses are the most challenging and rewarding practices I have experienced thus far in my journey. So today, I am grateful for the lesson

 Namaste

 ~Shannon