Gratitude Practice

YJ Gratitude Challenge: 5 Things on Tiffany Cruikshank’s List

Commit this month to a daily gratitude practice. Here, the Yoga Medicine founder shares the simple ritual that keeps her centered.

Commit to the YJ Gratitude Challenge and take a moment each morning this month to give thanks. Make your list, post it, share it, and tag us @yogajournal and #yjgratitudechallenge. We’ll show our thanks for you by sharing our favorite reader posts on Thanksgiving Day. Get in the spirit as master teachers share their own lists and grounding tips all month long. Here, Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank shares the everyday practice that keeps her centered.

My Gratitude Practice

At the end of my morning meditation, I like to take a couple minutes to reflect on three things that I’m grateful for in the upcoming day.

How I Get Grounded For Gratitude

Anytime I need to recenter myself, I like to just tune into my breathing. It’s such a great reminder of this life inside of us that we have the privilege of participating in each day.

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My Gratitude List

1. Love, and of course my man who supports me in so many ways
2. Life, the privilege to be here
3. Health, my vitality and my mental acuity to learn and serve others
4. Yoga
5. My friends and my dog

The Yoga Pose I’m Most Grateful For

Sukhasana for meditation, it’s my sanity. My meditation practice is the part of my practice that is the most vital to my health and vitality on a daily basis.

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Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, specializes in sports medicine and orthopedics, and has been teaching yoga for 20 years and seeing patients for over 12 years. She fuses traditional yoga with Western medical anatomy and physiology to train teachers all over the world to apply the practice of yoga more therapeutically. For more info, go to