If you gathered with family to celebrate Thanksgiving, you probably had a moment to reflect on gratitude. I love that we in the US have a holiday dedicated to recognizing the importance of this feeling. And yet, it is more than just a feeling…gratitude is actually something you can cultivate on a regular basis. When you set an intention to feel gratitude on a daily basis, amazing things take place.
What I am grateful for today is the release of my new book!
My first book, Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner’s Mind, is now available in print! It has been updated with professional photos of the entire Ashtanga primary series ( Big thanks to Lisa Kerry Photo + Graphics.) It’s all very exciting.
I’m so grateful for this practice, and can honestly say it changed my life. Through Ashtanga yoga I learned discipline as I showed up every day on my yoga mat. I learned confidence. I’ve learned awareness, patience, and perseverance.
Ashtanga yoga may have saved my life. I was often so unhappy before I discovered yoga. It has taught me to be more gentle with myself, as well as to be strictly disciplined when I need it. I no longer get depressed like I used to. It’s given me a tool to check in with myself on a regular basis, and this has changed the way I approach my life. I suffered a lot of emotional turmoil as a young woman, and yoga helped me figure out a way to work with those energies. Dedicated practice taught me to trust and respect myself. Because I’m so grateful for this experience, my passion these days is to help other women and men trust and respect themselves.
As a result of my devotion to this practice over the years, I’ve met amazing, life-long friends, wise teachers and have travelled the world while being paid to share the thing I love. I’ve also just realised a life-long goal of publishing my first book, Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner’s Mind.
The simple act of aligning breath, body and mind, learning to move with awareness and integrity will change your life. It is not important what your religious or spiritual beliefs are. You don’t need any beliefs to benefit from the practice of yoga. All you need is to do it. This simple tool will help you train your awareness — to settle your body and mind — so that you can make more informed decisions in your life.
The goal of yoga is to settle the mind enough to rest in the present moment without distraction. When you can achieve this on a regular basis, you will no longer suffer from the myriad afflictions you may habitually impose upon yourself.
So while many of us are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I can’t think of a better reason to give thanks. I’m grateful to this practice for so many reasons, but especially because it connected you and I!
What are you grateful for? Part of the “practice” of gratitude is being specific about what it is you are grateful for. Let me know by leaving a comment below!
Wishing you all good things, and a Happy Thanksgiving holiday if you are celebrating today.