Hopefully I won’t have to rebuild the engine or anything, if I just keep it up.

This line is spoken by author Sue Bender’s son David, in the book, Everyday Sacred. David is speaking about his used red truck which is coming up on 100,000 miles.  He takes good care of it and washes it inside and out, once a week.

Doing yoga is like washing your truck.  It’s maintenance for the mind, body and spirit, and helps our lives run more smoothly. Yoga allows us time to turn inward and take inventory.  It offers a way to care for ourselves, instead of waiting until the engine light comes on, or we are broken down on the side of the road.

In western culture we tend to value “doing more” and “keeping busy” until we drive ourselves into the ground, or until something stops us.  Then, when we are sick or injured we go to the doctor and expect to be “fixed..”  (I am however, in no way ungrateful for the advances in medicine and all that doctors can do.)

Would you wait until something you love and care about is falling apart from overuse or neglect and then try and fix it?

Get ready for a well-rounded practice.  Stretch, strengthen, balance, and restore.

Come unplug; get off the road.  Pull over and enjoy the scenic view.  Breathe. Take time for maintenance.

See you on the mat!


Kim Metz
RYT 200

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
Eleanor Brown