Five Reasons to Cultivate Gratitude on the Mat & Beyond: Extending Thanksgiving throughout the Year!

Gratitude is a powerful quality. Do you wait until Thanksgiving for a prompt to experience gratitude? For some of us, we might be only appreciate what we have when it’s gone – or by our family and community influencing us to participate in these high holidays.

Yoga is in many ways an ever-present season of Thanksgiving. It helps us delve deeply into our own personal experience of gratitude on a day-to-day basis. Simply having a body that works on the mat is often a wonderful bounty to behold. When we practice yoga we initiate our own personal, daily experience of gratitude – a foundation that is especially helpful to us when our work-life or love-life circumstances are less than favorable. It is often that the real power of Yoga shines whenever our lives take such unexpected detours. The daily yoga practice on the mat we might take for granted suddenly expands to support our daily lives.

This inner-cise of gratitude awareness is as important as is the outer exercise of a physical Asana practice. Simply showing up to our yoga practice every day evolves greater potential for enduring mind-body-soul transformation in all circumstances. And that’s something to be grateful for.

As Thanksgiving brings us all towards recognizing countless blessings around us seasonally, we might additionally accept that such bounty is right in front of us and always within our grasp. Let yoga help you cultivate and experience gratitude for those daily blessings in every season.

Here’s a few reasons why yoga can extend your Thanksgiving throughout the year:

  1. Gratitude opens the breath and calms your nervous system, evolving new neurological pathways in the mind. This neurological reprogramming opens up greater, transformative possibilities in your physical body and life.

  2. Gratitude establishes a subconscious feeling of confidence in having enough – this steady feeling state becomes a foundation that attracts even more abundance into your life.

  3. Being in gratitude aligns your mind to an awareness of what you truly want and need – enabling constant clarity of your heart’s true desire.

  4. The energy shared by being in gratitude influences others to live and be in thankfulness with you. Your gratitude is a catalyst that creates and extends an environment of abundance for all to experience – you are literally making the world a better place.

  5. Gratitude simply makes you feel good in the moment – try it now and see. As it feels good you’ll do more of it!

Developing your own personal quality of gratitude will infuse your day-to-day life with deepening peace and joy. I invite you to write a gratitude list this holiday season: start by listing three things you are grateful for right now. See how long your list can grow week after week!

You’ll soon realize that being grateful isn't a momentary feeling that passes; it is an enduring state of equanimity long after the turkey and stuffing are gone. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude for all of your days. Happy Holidays!

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