Hollister Thomas has been doing yoga every morning for the past 2 years. I have not.
A quick background, lest you think she’s a trophy wife whiling away her days between mani pedis and book club brunches:
- She homeschools 3 kids
- And homeschools her hubby who works from home, when he’s not jetting off for events
- Which means she’s frequently abandoned to run everything alone
- She’s a photographer
- Oh, and this, she works up to 30 hours a week
Hollister has a few things going on.
Unbeknownst to each other, a couple of years ago we both made commitments to do yoga daily. In fact, we both do yoga in the mornings when we wake up.
So we had eerily similar intentions. With enough other commitments to make a minimalist swoon.
Hollister has a near-perfect two-year track record of doing yoga daily. I have a near-perfect two-year track record of thinking I’m going to do yoga daily . . . but not.
I’ve succeeded and then failed at this enough times to know a master when I see one.
What is her secret, you ask?
It’s so simple we can name her method after a country-music dance: The Two Step.
- She made a real commitment
- She made it super easy not to fail
Let’s break that down:
You make it super easy not to fail
When I first started I aimed for a 15- to 20-minute morning practice. I even gave myself a 5-minute minimum. But promptly forgot about that once I locked in my 15-minute morning practice.
So I glided along morning after morning after morning with my yoga . . . until one morning — it happens, gasp — I didn’t have the time.
You miss once and then missing again doesn’t seem so catastrophic.
Then suddenly you’re me now, left with wispy memories of a better time.
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