...but I haven't been doing a consistent morning home practice for three months. Yikes, has it really been that long? At first I typed, "one month." Then, I deleted it and retyped, "two months." Then, I realized it is mid-December, and it is seriously taking all my honesty and vulnerability to admit the truth, and keep "three months." Three months is my longest hiatus in years, and as a yoga teacher I feel hypocritical and guilty.
Not to say that I haven't been doing yoga at all. That would be impossible. Each week, I spend hours planning classes, and I usually attend one or two at the studio. I do videos on Yoga Glo and Yoga International to get fresh ideas. But all of that feels like work in service of my students, not my own time to feel grounded, to gain perspective, and to set intentions for the day.
And it's also not to say that have been eating Cool Ranch Doritos and watching the Simpsons in the morning. In September, I wrote stream-of-consciousness for thirty minutes every day. In October, I ran. In November...okay fine! In November I ate Doritos every day and watched blooper reels on YouTube!! And every night I write down what I am grateful for.
But it's not the same as a regular yoga + breathing + contemplation practice.
Students sometimes ask me for advice on sticking with a home practice, and I tell them what I'm telling myself now:
If you have also been on a hiatus from your spiritual practice, I invite you to join me for the next 30 days. It is the perfect time of year to pray, to meditate, to remember your compassion, to slow down, to prepare your heart for the holidays.
This is the morning routine I am committing to, based on years of figuring out what works best for me, how much time I can realistically spend in the morning right now, and what sounds good! I have my journal, a good pen, a time, my mat, and a blanket all set up from me the night before. I will commit to everyday, but if I miss one day, I will be sure not to miss the next.
Morning Routine Refresh
Remember that it's okay for life to go through cycles and seasons. Sometimes I am hardcore practicing on my mat an hour every morning. Sometimes I am wiping the Doritos dust from my face before Dan sees. But for me (and maybe for you) the season is calling me to return to a simple, consistent spiritual practice.