A health scare opened this fitness teacher’s eyes to the importance of self-care.
Yoga instructor Octavia Raheem doesn’t subscribe to the age-old adage, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” In fact, rest is integral not only to her yoga practice, but how she lives her everyday life. But before rest became a daily habit, Raheem was always on the go—waking up at 4:30 a.m., rushing to a CrossFit class in her hometown of Atlanta, running home to make a smoothie before work, then commuting across the city to her day job as a middle school teacher—before taking or teaching a power yoga class at night. Lather, rinse, repeat. Until one day her hectic schedule came to a halt.