Establishing Routines and Letting Them Go


Last night I realized I felt pretty crappy.
My neck was stiff, my head hurt, and my entire body felt tight.

Wait, I thought, I recognize this feeling.
It’s how I used to go through most every day.

In fact, I felt that way for most of my adult life until I started a daily yoga routine,
and then I became relaxed and loose.
And that’s how I’ve been for the past year and a half: relaxed and loose.

Last school  year I’d get up at 6:00, put on my yoga togs, wash my face,
and then feed my kids and pack their lunches.
Zebu and Wildebeest were out of the house by 7:05,
and I’d go straight into my little "yoga studio" for my session.

I did not pass GO,
I did not loiter in the kitchen,
and I most certainly didn’t get lured to the world wide web.
I did what needed to be done.
(And then I passed GO, stuffed my face, and surfed the web).

This school year, the boys’ schedules are scrambled and by the time they’re out the door,
I’m hungry.
Really hungry. 
I don’t want to do yoga, dammit.
I want food and coffee.

And now my body is suffering from a yoga-deficit.

So I’m trying to establish a new routine,
one that allows for flexibility (pun NOT intended).
I’m telling myself it’s okay to eat in the morning and
it’s okay to do yoga at 11:00.
Really, it’s okay to do yoga at any time during the day.

And the same goes for my writing which is also suffering a disruption in routine.
It’s okay to write at any time during the day, as long as I write.
Because in the same way I now know/remember how crappy I feel when I don’t do yoga regularly,
I know how out of sorts I feel when I don’t write every day.

Routines are great, until they’re not.
And then it’s time to create new ones.

Routines that can bend and flex with my daily needs.

11 thoughts on “Establishing Routines and Letting Them Go

  1. I love yoga. It makes a huge difference in the way I feel. I take a few classes a week, and do yoga at home on other days. There’s a great little book called A MORNING CUP OF YOGA that’s perfect for a quick routine. As for writing, mornings are best for me, but if I’m called to sub. that’s out. An 8-hour shift in daycare leaves no energy for writing. I used to feel guilty, but now I know that if I’m subbing I’m not writing. And that has to be OK. Flexible routines are definitely the way to go.


    • It sounds as if you’ve found the perfect balance. And it’s great you’re operating in a guilt-free zone in terms of work and writing. That’s excellent!

      My yoga routine is only 20 minutes but it does the trick for me. I’ll check out the book you mentioned, too.


  2. I’m not surprised to hear that you’re a yoga expert 🙂 I bet you could even do the balance challenges (like ‘bird of paradise’, which made me just laugh — at myself — and laugh). Flexibility is good — I could use more of it in many areas 🙂


    • Whoa, I am NOT a yoga expert. I don’t know any poses or names of poses or much of anything. The routine I do is for flexibility and it’s quite basic, I think. But it packs a punch.

      Your balance will improve. Especially if you’re laughing all along the way. 🙂


    • Yep, the effects show up everywhere, don’t they? I hope you’re able to reclaim your routine and get back to feeling more balanced.

      (I’ve seen that little pic so many times but I love it each time I see it. Perfect.)


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