If we know what to do why don’t we do it?

If we know what to do why don’t we do it?

We Know What We Should Do… Why Don’t We Do It?

5 years ago, I had an intention to start each morning with yoga. ☀️Sometime simple, like 5 sun salutations. I envisioned myself on my mat, feeling peaceful, grounded and grateful. A smile on my face, as my kettle boiled for my cup of green tea. I also thought how much better my body would feel with regular stretching.

Except I didn’t do it. 😬And for two years it was simply a thought; never a practice. As easy as it was to do, it was easier NOT to do.

I started to look at my desire for yoga objectively, and realized that it was to become a habit, I needed to set myself up for success. Here’s what I did:

  1. I made it as EASY as possible. I have my yoga mat ready to go in my living room. I changed my sleeping clothes to clothes that I could wear for yoga (so I don’t need to get changed first). When I first started, I searched for about 10 videos on YouTUbe that I could follow, and saved them in a special folder called “10 minute morning yoga videos”.

 

  1. I gave myself a REWARD for doing the practice. Checking it off on my habit tracker is enough of a reward for me.

 

  1. I give myself flexibility (no pun intended) on what counts. 10 minutes of yoga is my ideal. But I will count 3 minutes, or a few warrior 2s in the kitchen while waiting for the water to boil or toast to pop.

 

  1. I don’t miss two days in a row. I aim for 7 days a week, but 5-6 is what usually happens.

 

It’s a simple habit, but when it comes to feeling GOOD in my body, it has been monumental. My knees don’t ache anymore, I run faster, (knock on wood) I am injury free, and I get to start each morning with a quick win. BTW this habit hasn’t influenced my morning coffee… I still love my coffee

 

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