June 9, 2015

More Silly Excuses for not Going to Yoga.

I’m in a hurry to get nowhere fast today.

A while back, at the risk of ridicule I wrote My Top 10(ish) Silly Excuses for Not Going to Yoga (Many of Which I’ve Used).

Thank the gods I’m not alone. Apparently, you can be just as un-energetic as me, and it doesn’t take much. It’s 102 in L.A. today. Need I say more?

I know it’s hellish outside. I know you don’t feel like it. And I know what you may be thinking: shall we take a leisurely stroll through the muck of excuses?

1. Today is Wednesday, and I didn’t go yesterday, so at this point it makes more sense to wait and try to go again Monday. The “waiting ’til Mondays to do things” strategy makes perfect sense; it goes hand-in-hand with “quitting things on Mondays.”

2. My class package might be expired. That would be embarrassing.

3. I know it’ll suck. Even though it never does.

4. There’s no food at home. I can’t come home to an empty kitchen. And even though there’s a supermarket on the way home, I’m just not going to feel like stopping after class.

5. …And now I haven’t eaten. Stopping at 7-11 for a Cliff Bar ain’t gonna do it.

6. I just washed my hair last night. I don’t want to get it all sweaty.

6. It’s pointless. Yeah, I can see why saving your organs, your inter-vertebral discs and your bones from crumbling into a pile of sad ashes by the time you’re 50 would be really stupid.

7. I haven’t shaved my legs. It’s a problem.

8. I can just go do the treadmill at the gym instead. I think we all know that’s not going to happen.

9. My ex-boyfriend might be there. He doesn’t do yoga, but the studio is kind of near his neighborhood.

10. The people at the studio are much stronger than me. Hmmm… I wonder why?

Wait, it gets better…

11. I’m pissed at the world today. OK, I might need yoga.

12. I’m pissed at myself for not going. OK, I definitely need yoga.

13. I stayed up too late writing this. And I promised my friend I would meet her at the 8:30 a.m. class tomorrow (true story). Crap.

Be honest, has there ever been a time when you made it to yoga—despite your burning desire to kick it on the couch with your dog and a Game of Thrones marathon—and ended up regretting it?

For me, in times when I’ve had to force myself to lift the 700lb mat and show up to class (which, I admit, have been plenty), all the while telling myself, “I’m going to hold back today… I’m going to hold back today…” I usually snap into the asana zone as soon as I walk in the door.

It’s weird. Those are the days I somehow end up having the practice ever.

Take that, lazy gods!



My Top 10(ish) Silly Excuses for Not Going to Yoga (Many of Which I’ve Used).


Author: Anne Clendening

Editor: Travis May


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Anne Clendening

Anne Clendening was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a yoga teacher and author of Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass, published January, 2018. You can read her darker thoughts on her blog Dirty Blonde Ink. She is currently living in L.A. with her husband and their boxer dog Sabina.