Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations of our hearts. Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for all the blessings of the past year. Friends and family get together to enjoy a special meal and open their hearts to express gratitude. The more we open our hearts to gratitude, the more we realize how blessed we are. There are many poses of yoga to help us open our hearts and experience the energy of gratitude. Using an asana with the intention of thankfulness will enhance your life.
While we are in midst of celebrations, awesome as it is to be with our loved ones, it can also be stressful, and sometimes disappointing when we’ve been practicing so hard over past several months and years, and still discover we can have our buttons pushed! Getting into our heart energy, and focusing on all that we are thankful for, will create the right mindset for a peaceful, and happy, celebratory time.
Poses of yoga that open our hearts, have us reach up high, bring awareness to our minds, bodies, and emotions and allow us to be mindful helping us be free from distractions as wells as help us focus on our higher vibrations. Intense stretches will help us release tension allowing a more flexible approach. Restful poses help us sink into grateful feelings and integrate a thankful intention. Yoga for gratitude will help us sail happily through the holidays (or through any experience in life).
Pyramid pose (Parsvottanasana) – releases tension and brings flexibility into your life.
Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana) – excellent hip opener pose for letting go and feeling easy.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana) – uplifts and opens your chest and heart area.
Fish Pose (Matsyasana) – fabulous chest opener that extends your heart area and is uplifting in both body and mind.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana) – practice Tadasana with arms high and wide for a feeling of joy and expansion, and to embody the energy of giving, and receiving.
Corpse Pose (Savasana) – rest in Savasana and breathe deeply while focusing on all you have to be thankful for.