Make up your mind! Should I wear my winter jacket? Or a T-shirt? Are we doing cold rain or hot shine? Wooly socks or flip flops? Do I need to bring my plants inside before the first frost comes? Or is it going back up to 25 degrees?
I want to spring out of bed and energetically clean my flat from top to bottom. Scratch that. I want to pull the covers back over my head and sleep until next May. I want a chilled rhubarb spritzer, ice cream. Or spicy chai, a steaming bowl of soup. I want a brisk run through the park. Or a slow soak in the tub. I can't decide. Party or pajamas? Power or peace?
WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, DO THIS:
2. Crunches. 3 sets of 20.
3. Push ups. 3 sets of 10. With the legs straight. Or the knees bent. Or some combination thereof.
4. Blanketasana. Find a clear, uncarpeted space on the floor. Thinly fold a blanket (or put on some socks). First, come into a forearm plank with the tops of your feet on the blanket. Keep your hips in line with your shoulders. Exhale to pull the knees into the chest, inhale to straighten the legs back out. 10 times. At least.
Next, high plank with the tops of the feet on the blanket. Inhale to lift the hips as you pull the feet up towards your hands, exhale to come back to plank. 10 times. At least.
Bonus challenge: don't look back. Keep your gaze forward and lean more weight into the hands, gripping the floor with your finger pads.
5. Flow. From tadasana, step the left foot back. Warrior I - warrior II - triangle - extended side angle - half moon - standing split - eagle - chair pose - tadasana. 5 of the juciest breaths in each (at least).
Step the right foot back. Repeat.
(Knee problems? Do the variation on your back, "thread the needle.")
7. Frog. Come onto all fours with one knee on your mat and one knee on a blanket. Flex the feet with the toes pointing outward. Keeping both your ankles and hips in line with your knees, slide the knee on the blanket out as far as you can. Stay on your palms, or come down onto your forearms. Or your chest and chin. Make gravity your best friend.
8. Supported child's pose. Kneeling with your knees apart, bring a bolster (or a blanket folded into an approximation of a bolster) between your knees. Lay your chest, belly and one cheek to the bolster. Hang out for awhile. Breathe. Look inwards. Practice self-love. Turn your other cheek to the bolster. Breathe and love some more.
9. Legs up the wall. If you have a strap, loop it around the upper thighs so that the legs are held hip-width apart. Less doing, more being.
10. Surrender. Into a pile of savasana bliss.