YogaJournal.com is challenging you to get in the season’s thankful state of mind with gratitude-geared practices all month long. Share yours using #yjgratitudechallenge.
As yogis, we are encouraged to show and express gratitude regularly. It’s part of the practice. Because when things seem rough or shaky in life, often we just need a change of perspective to bring us back to everything there still is to be grateful for.
See alsoTaylor Harkness’s Happiness Plan
This time of year reminds us that the people in our lives are truly where the goodness is kept. It’s so true for me personally. Without my loved ones, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. They have kept me grounded, solid, happy, and have encouraged me to keep shining and chasing my dreams. That support sustained me through all kinds of shifts over the last few year—finishing school, moving away from my family and to a new city, and embarking on a new career path.
I am grateful beyond measure for the happiness and fullness the people in my life—friends, family, co-workers, students, teachers, and even strangers—bring me regularly. Every interaction, every warm embrace fills me up and fuels my heart. This time of year, my heart can reach the point of overflow.
This giant heart opener is the perfect pose for letting your gratitude runneth over. I hope you enjoy this variation of Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) that I often call “Rockstar.” This time, let’s dedicate a heart-wide-open, love-overfilled Gratitude Rockstar to all of the people who support us. Stay grateful. Shine on!
See also Kathryn Budig’s Gratitudasana: Eight-Angle Shoulder Hug