Updated: Jan 3
Having a rest day is very important for every single human being on this planet. When you take a conscious rest, you are giving yourself a break, to do anything you want to be doing without feeling guilty.
We all know that overwork teaches us to disrespect our boundaries. After all, we are not born to work for the rest of our lives.
This year would be the first year Mahé implements National Holidays as Rest Days at Mahé.
One of my teachers said that we need to do things in moderation in life. Nothing too extreme. Not too much, not too less. All has to be done in a great balance. Even practicing too much Yoga and Meditation is not good for our balance. Too much on something will create attachment - which contradicts the teachings of Yoga.
In Sutra 1:12 (Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah), the sage Patanjali continues to focus his teachings on how to calm the vrittis—the mind’s restless, swirling thoughts. Many yogis consider this particular sutra to be the foundation of a lifelong practice and the key to integrating yoga with all aspects of daily living. One translation: “The vrittis are restrained (quieted) by dedicated practice and non-attachment,” in this case, practice and detachment—to create wholeness or balance.
As much as Mahé likes to open 24/7, it will do all of us more harm than good. This year, Mahé will be taking Rest Days according to the National Public Holidays approved by the Dutch government:
New Year’s Day: Saturday 1 January 2023
Good Friday: Friday 7 April 2023
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday: Sunday 9 April and Monday 10 April 2023
King’s Day: Thursday 27 April 2023
Liberation Day: Friday 5 May 2023
Ascension Day: Thursday 18 May 2023
Whit Sunday and Whit Monday: Sunday 28 May and Monday 29 May 2023
Mahé Short Break: Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June 2023
Christmas Day and 2nd Christmas Day: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December 2023
Winter Break: Wednesday 27- Saturday 30 December 2023
New Year’s Eve: Sunday 31 December 2023