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but that's not the question I wanted to ask.
Here's Manju and a question put to him on the recent TT in Crete I attended, this from my transcription
"Q: What about women having their period, what is it they can do and cannot do?
MJ: We don't advise them to practice yoga then, take the period off. Because this menstrual cycle you go through, if you mess with that then in the future they will have problems. So that's why you have to take it easy. Be like an Indian women, they don't do anything for three days. They don't cook for three days, they don't clean for three days, just watching soap opera...the husband comes home and has to do all the things when he comes home, "Nothing is made what happened"? "It's My period". " Oh my god..". Then he has to get in the Kitchen and start cooking. So that's why we all know how to cook".
And Manju loves to cook
The question was put to Manju by a Male teacher on the course actually, but again, that's not my question.
My question is...
What is the effect of taking three (?) days in a row off practice?
And what happens if it arrives around Saturday making it four days off...
how does that affect your practice?
Do you feel revitalised, refreshed beginning your practice anew...like you've actually had a holiday...
or is it tough getting back on the mat every month, getting back into the routine?
One, I'm curious and two, it's kind of come up now I'm doing a little teaching/sharing of the practice.
UPDATE: Going to add this in from, if I'm not mistaken, the conference notes to Sharath's first conference of the season in Mysore yesterday.
"... And in terms of the physical practice? Sharath said we should practice until the body no longer allows it. Your practice may be only a few postures due to age or injury, but you should continue to do what you can. It is necessary, he said, in order to keep stability in the body and mind. Linking back to where he began at the beginning of conference he said we could conduct our own research experiment. If we do not practice for a week, even three or four days, we should notice what happens to the mind, understand the difference in how we feel. Compare that to the state of mind when you are doing your daily asana practice. He seemed to know the conclusions we would reach".