How Yoga Has Made Me More Thankful

I’m home in Cape May for a quiet family gathering and couldn’t be happier! After a testing 9 hour night drive in major traffic, I woke up Wednesday morning to bright sunshine and glistening ocean. It’s been a hectic few weeks so I am excited for some peaceful time in my little beach town.

While Americans (and Canadians) celebrate Thanksgiving every year as a time to gather with friends and family, and appreciate what they are thankful for; as a practitioner of yoga, I take time to appreciate what I am thankful for every time I practice. This is one of my favorite things about yoga—the importance of becoming more aware.
Since it is Thanksgiving I will share some of the things that I have recently been dedicating my yoga practice to—my family, my friends, my health and my comfortable life.

I fortunate to have a close-knit family that supports my decisions and helps me through tough times, even if it is sometimes with “tough love.” Thank you for being there for me!

Despite time differences, crazy schedules or “what does she think she’s doing?!” disagreements my friends are always there for me. Some of them I have known since I was four and I am very thankful for their honest opinions and understanding hearts.

Health is something I have been guilty of taking for granted. As someone who rarely gets sick and goes to the doctor only when absolutely necessary, my health is not something that is on my mind. Yet I am able to get up every day and not only go about my normal routines but also run, jump and do crazy twisting positions with my body—all without taking medications.  There is a yoga move that pretty much looks like you are giving yourself a giant hug, I like to think that move as a thank you hug to my body for being so healthy.

Lastly, I live a comfortable life. I am aware of this and I am grateful. While I may whine about paying my rent or not getting to go out to eat all the time, these complaints are trivial. I have shelter, heat, food, clean water, security and many other wonderful things. These are all things I need to be more of aware of on a daily basis, and I’m probably not alone with that need.

Ok seriousness aside—the turkey is in the oven, I’ve got a mimosa next to me and my family is all together for the first time in months! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Who’s ready to eat?!

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