Getting Burnt Out

It is easy in the summertime to over extend ourselves. Days are long, social calendars are full. If we are not mindful, we can wear ourselves out meeting obligations. In order to avoid allowing self care and rest to fall by the wayside, we need to vigilantly create time for ourselves the same way we do for others. It hearkens to the Greek story of Icarus and Daedalus.

Icarus and his father Daedalus were Greek prisoners on the Island of Crete. Daedalus planned escape by constructing gigantic wings from the feathers of native birds. When Icarus donned the wings, Daedalus warned of complacency, as well as of hubris in escaping. Flying too low the wings could get wet from the waves and fall apart, too high and the wax holding the feathers together could melt and the wings would again fall apart. Icarus scoffed at his father’s warning, and flew ahead. Flapping enthusiastically, Icarus inevitably flew too high, the wax on the wings melted and he fell to his death.

Just as Daedalus warned Icarus, the danger of complacency is worth noting. It is important that we maintain our obligations to those that rely on us, however, we need to be clear on what is necessary and what is not. Just as Icarus flying too close to the sun led to his demise, burning ourselves out by overloading our schedules and making unrealistic itineraries is detrimental to our well being, body, spirit, and mind. Just as we cannot pour from an empty cup, we cannot be of the greatest service to those around us if we are not taking care of ourselves. What can you carve out this week that is soothing, cooling and rejuvenating for yourSELF in these heated “dog days” of summer? Have you considered making some time for some guided, quiet mindfulness meditation? We offer 15 weekly mindfulness meditation classes now, which are a lovely way to replenish and nurture oneself!

Carve out some time for YOU and we hope to see you on the mat or cushion soon, friends.


Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness is a healing haven in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Our premier yoga studio offers weekly yoga & mindfulness meditation classes, as well as workshops and teacher trainings of the highest caliber. “Sanctuary Signature” yoga classes all place an emphasis on: excellence in alignment; thoughtful sequencing; inspiring & uplifting verbiage to support your body, mind and heart, allowing you to feel enhanced on every level. Each yoga class and yoga practice offered also contains 3-5 minutes of mindfulness meditation at its conclusion to further punctuate your profound experience during your time with us.

Our expert and exceptional teachers are highly trained, warm, and knowledgeable in areas of therapeutics, bio-mechanics, philosophy, meditation and so much more! All our classes are highly curated with an excellence in sequencing and intelligent alignment for the body; artful language for the mind; and inspiration for the heart. Come experience our amazing teaching tribe for yourself