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When Routines Fail // What Happened When I Skipped AM Yoga

December 21, 2015

When Routines Fail // What Happened When I Skipped AM Yoga

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I’ve been so, so good. Every morning for the past two months, I’ve woken up and immediately done about 10 minutes of yoga—often with videos from Tara Stiles (stay tuned for a piece and an exclusive video for cyclists coming out on Bicycling Mag’s website soon!).

Until yesterday. I could say it was because we really wanted to get a run in early, before we left for the Namur World Cup. (Which we did, and I have to say, the World Cup was super rad—not racing, just working—but more on that later.)

The run was great, and I admit, I didn’t even think about the yoga until halfway through the day, but by then, the window had passed. Except it hadn’t. I could have done a few minutes later in the day, but I didn’t. I just didn’t do any stretching.

So, what happened? Absolutely nothing.

I’d like to say that I really felt it and was off-kilter all day, that my zen was off, my mellow was harshed, but since we did do a morning run, it was pretty much the same vibe as any other day, except I knew I’d missed that habit I’m trying so hard to make daily. It means I’ve failed the Jerry Seinfeld Strategy—which I love—and that bummed me out.

But you know what? I woke up this morning and I got out of bed and turned on a yoga video. Had I skipped this morning, maybe it would have been a problem. And yeah, I’m annoyed that I skipped a day. But I’m happier that I got right back on track, so really, all that skipping a day did was show me that I really, really love this new routine that I’m in.

So, Namaste!

PS: Tara Stiles’ Yoga for Productivity is my new favorite—something about the fact that the title is about productivity acts as a weird flipping of the switch for me and I swear, my mornings are the most productive when I do this one versus the others.


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