Give thanks and enjoy your body! 🙏
Appreciation moves us forward. By practicing gratitude we can change the lens through which we are looking. It has the power to take us out of old emotions and bring us back to the present, enabling us to see how blessed we are. It can even help to make a step forward into the new year with more grace & positivity!
You may need two blocks and a blanket for this class.
Let’s bring that grateful energy into your Now and into every corner of your life with this Slow Flow Yoga practice. 😌
These poses are a collection from my most recent video on YouTube. Click on the video above if you would like to take the full 20 minute practice alongside with me.
1. Humble Warrior
From your Warrior l pose, clasp your hands behind your low back and open the chest, still keeping your front ribs pulling in. You can either stay here and work on opening the heart or progress into humble warrior by bowing forward. The right shoulder aligns with the inside of the right knee. Let the crown of the head points down and surrender.
Let go of anything that’s no longer serving you. Ask yourself here: “What am I grateful for?”
Release and do the other side.
2. Forward Fold
From Downward-Facing Dog slowly walk your feet to the front of the mat. Allow yourself to fully round, let the head be heavy. You can clasp opposite elbows, or hands interlaced behind the low back with either straight or bent elbows. Invite in even more opening at the heart.
Release all worries from the day, let them pour onto the floor. Be grateful for your feet & legs, and all the journeys they take you on.
3. Squat Pose
Come to stand and make sure your feet are hip width apart or even wider. Then turn your toes out and your heels in, so that the toes are off the mat, heels on the mat. Come down into Malasana, Squat Pose. If you don’t make it all the way down yet, feel free to sit up on a block. Elbows press into the knees, opening the chest to the ceiling.
In this pose you may be able to feel this subtle but powerful connection with your heart center. Once again recognize the things in your life that you’re truly thankful for, no matter how big or small.
4. Puppy Pose
If you have sensitive knees you may want to use a folded blanket as padding for this next pose. From all fours walk your arms forward to melt your heart down into the floor. Hips stay directly over your knees, so no leaning forward or back. Arms stay engaged, but you can let your forearms come to the ground.
Allow the subtle, but healing energy of gratitude you’ve been able to cultivate in your practice begin to wash over you as you surrender here.
Before coming down to the ground to lie down, take the blanket and place right where your head and back will be, to make it more comfortable.
Place both feet out infront of you, the arms reach out and then roll down one vertabrae at a time. Draw your knees into your chest, wrapping your arms around your shins.
Taking a moment to feel gratitude for yourself, that you made it to your mat today and for all that your body is able to do. Hug yourself, knowing that right now you are exactly where you need to be.
6. Reclined Goddess
Let the soles of the feet touch, your knees fall out left & right. You can place one block under each knee if the stretch is too intense or if you’re having any knee issues. Your hands can go wherever feels best to you: With left hand to chest & right hand to belly or both arms reach overhead in a diamond shape.
This relaxing chest opener really inspires gratitude as you allow the ground to support you and your heart to open.
Slowly straighten one leg and then the other, allowing the feet to fall out to the sides. Take the left hand to the heart, right hand to the belly or let each arm extend near each side with palms facing up.
You may want to recall your three gratitude statements from the beginning of class (only in the video version) letting the feeling of gratitude all-encompass your whole being. And just rest.
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