Morning person? Not me. But when my beloved yoga teacher started a 7:30am class on Thursdays, finishing just in time for me to pull on some work clothes and get to the office, I was in (especially because none of the other class times worked for me). I always leave yoga feeling stretched, balanced, grounded, and calm—what a great way to start the day!
At first it went well. Though I struggled, I made it to class. Then the Inner Slug realized what was going on and took over. One Thursday, by the time I realized what was happening, it was too late to get there. I didn’t have the strength to overpower the Slug, but I did have the ability to make an end run. I realized I’d never get there if I didn’t make certain marks (like eat something an hour before so I didn’t get woozy).
So I’d say, “I’m not going to yoga, I’m just getting out of bed. I’m not going to yoga, I’m just eating something. I”m not going to yoga, I’m just putting on stretchy clothes…gathering my work clothes…getting in the car…walking into this room…standing on my mat…” Angela would ask, “How are you?” “I don’t know, I’m not here yet.” I generally would arrive sometime during a standing warrior pose!
I still use this when I want to leave in the morning for some physical activity, like a hike. Even though the Slug does not want to go, I do. If I remember to plan out what the marks are that I have to make, I can make it out the door. Yoga is so much a habit now that the Slug doesn’t even bother to try to keep me home anymore.
Photos: hikes I went on despite the Slug