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