Updated: May 23
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 2022
Good Friday: Friday 15 April 2022
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday: Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April 2022
King’s Day: Wednesday 27 April 2022
Ascension Day: Thursday 26 May 2022
Whit Sunday and Whit Monday: Sunday 5 June and Monday 6 June 2022
Mahé Short Break: Friday, 24 June, and Saturday, 25 June
Christmas Day and Boxing Day: Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December 2022
New Year’s Eve: Friday 31 December 2022
New Year’s Day: Saturday 1 January 2023