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 appreciation for you by sharing our favorite reader posts on Thanksgiving Day. Here, Business of Yoga expert Karen Mozes, who has a lot to be grateful for this season, shares her personal practice.
My Gratitude Practice
My gratitude practice unfolded over time and today I use contact with water—and I mean any water, like washing the dishes, taking a bath or shower, washing my hands, getting in the ocean—as opportunities to release (for-give, let-go) and to find gratitude. Of course, I also usually have several spontaneous moments of gratitude throughout the day, and these are wonderful too.
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How I Get Grounded for Gratitude
I live near the ocean (which I am very grateful for!), and the sand and the sounds of the waves always help me to get grounded in those times when I am agitated and disconnected. After a morning walk and a quick dip in the ocean, I typically feel full of life and love inside.
My Gratitude List
1. My baby girl, coming into the world soon
2. My parents for their support and encouragement
3. My partner—and his openness and love
4. My new apartment with lots of natural light and dedicated spaces for the baby and work
5. My furry baby, Shasta, for her unconditional love, playfulness and companionship
The Yoga Pose I’m Most Grateful For
I am expecting my first child and through my pregnancy, I have had different poses, which I am very grateful for. The poses I am most connected to right now are Cat and Cow, which offer a huge release for my lower back. I can do that for 30 minutes and then sit in meditation and that's a great yoga practice for me right now.
ABOUT KAREN MOZES
Karen Mozes is a successful entrepreneur, executive and life coach, and leadership expert. Karen is also the co-founder of the Business of Yoga LLC. Learn more in her online course Business of Yoga: Build Your Brand.