Updated: Jun 1, 2019
Regardless of where we’re at or what we’re experiencing in life, there is always
something to be grateful for. With the rush of the holidays and the fullness of life that
accompanies it, it can be easy to lose sight of what we hold close. For many, the
holidays are a time of great overwhelm and anxiety; understandably so. There’s a great deal of pressure associated with holidays and for those with strained family relationships or negative memories surrounding the holidays, it isn’t easy for everyone. We each experience something different during this time of the year, but with practice we can begin to change our experience to be one of overwhelming gratitude whichever way we slice it.
In times of abundance, it’s easy to be grateful. It’s not a difficult task to see the good in your life when you feel good and practicing gratitude when it’s easy is an important
step in making it a part of your routine to enhance wellbeing. It’s when things get difficult, though, that the true transformation occurs. If we are able to find the good in
even the most trying of times, we are able to learn something and better ourselves
rather than staying stuck in the negative. When it’s hard to be grateful is when gratitude matters the most; we can choose to appreciate the little things such as the ability to move our bodies, access to clean drinking water, food availability, among others.
We can choose to be grateful for our practice regardless of whether we’ve kept a
strong relationship with it or not. It’s common for our yoga practice to falter in life’s busy seasons but those are the times we need it the most. To stay connected, grounded, and grateful, we need to keep coming to our mats, even if it’s for five minutes in the morning. Yoga gives us the gift of presence, strength, patience, community, and so much more. It serves as an anchor that we can always come back to no matter how far we’ve been away or what has happened. Having the ability to practice yoga and access to a studio is a blessing that we can always find gratitude in.
All of us at Yoga Source are grateful for you every day. Without the support from our
community and the power of the practice, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Yoga has a wonderful way of bringing people together, connecting you to yourself, and others.
Written by our very own YS Student Advisor, Hannah Chapman