Confession time, I am a huge gratitude junkie. And I request you to slow down and open yourself up to the beauty of the present moment so you can develop a deep sense of appreciation for everything in this life.
Gratitude yoga is a sweet gratitude practice for all! Take some time to connect to your breath and move your body. Moving meditation. Create space and give thanks. Love your spine and back body, tap into your core – work into the hips and link it all with your breath. This yoga practice is great for the whole body – physical and emotional. Light a candle, roll out the mat and connect to gratitude. Remember and appreciate the many blessings in your life. You can get more info on The Power with Gratitude and Appreciation.
Gratitude Yoga Poses
Presence brings awareness, which enables us to see things clearly and to connect more deeply to our body and breath. It helps us feel the inhale, theprana, the life energy that comes with acknowledgment. That fullness consequently brings an exhale—a need to empty out and subsequently give back and share that great sense of peace.
Cat/Cow Pose (Marjaryasana/Bitilasana)
Like a cat’s first big morning stretch, moving through a few cat/cows can really wake the body up and help you tune in. It’s a great move for first thing in the morning or for when you’ve been sitting too long.
Stand tall with toes together and heels apart. Feel the power of the floor supporting you as you shine your heart open.
Stand with legs spread, toes pointed forward, and fold over to the right side. Surrender your ego under your heart, as your strong legs hold you up. Make sure the heel of your back foot is rooted into the ground in order to support the opening in the front hamstring. Repeat on opposite side.
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Gratitude Yoga Quotes
I think we’d all agree that expressing gratitude daily is something we can always improve upon. Here are seven of my favorite quotes on what many consider to be the secret to happiness, health, love, and success — gratitude.
The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga. ~Yogi Bhajan
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other."― Randy Pausch,
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." ― Melody Beattie