If you're ready to take a break from life to renew and rejuvenate, here are some simple ideas to get you started. You might consider taking a break from:
WORKOUTS: Working out is a great way to stay fit, but taking a break can sometimes help your body recuperate and regenerate. In fact, we often find that taking a short break (a day or two) four times a year from our yoga program actually helps us become more flexible.
THOUGHT: Thinking takes more energy than you might guess. Have you ever thought of taking a silent retreat? You don't have to go anywhere. Just turn off the phones, TV, and radio and experiment with living in a silent environment for a while. Practice inner silence as well as outer silence. If you live with other people, retreat to your room or ask them to leave the house for a period of 4 or 8 hours. Be alone with yourself for a few hours and feel the restfulness of it.
FOOD: A short juice fast of 2 to 4 days can really help your body cleanse and detox. Consider adding acidophilus, bifidus and enzyme supplements to speed up the detox process and give you additional energy.
WORK: The best way to take a retreat is to get away from work. Most people spend 1/3 of their lives at work and a large percentage take work home with them. If you're planning a retreat from work, take a long weekend or at least 1 day off. Can't get away? Try taking 2 hours out of your work day and doing something quiet and unusual, such as visiting a museum or art gallery.
No matter how you take your break, the key is to take in life in a different way. Whether you take in different foods, drink in new impressions, or just slow the pace of your thoughts, taking a break is both useful and restful. Taking a break at least 4 times a year will add years and quality to your life.
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