It is not in fact accurate that I am not working this year. I have been teaching yoga in various places (Japan, India, Mexico) - and will continue to do so whenever the opportunity presents itself. In all cases, I teach for free.
But I do something else - I run my yoga philosophy study group by email over this year. It has been very rewarding but also demanding as I write extensive comments back to each student for each assignment. It takes a lot of time but also keeps me in the highest vibration of learning.
I have reread some of the seminal texts of the trade and also in India I was able to buy some books on Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's work that are not available in Canada.
My employer offers the self funded leave program for 'personal renewal'. This is it.