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Practice Makes Perfect: Giving Thanks

Practice Makes Perfect: Giving Thanks

Everything in life can be considered a practice, whether it’s working out, practicing yoga, honing your hobby of choice, and even learning to operate from a place of gratitude each day. Just as you need to work your biceps and quadriceps to keep them strong, toned, and supple, you need to train your brain and your heart to move from a place of appreciation.

Sometimes, it’s tough to be positive and grateful. As the Buddhists teach, life is hard. We don’t have much control over external events, but we do have control over our own reaction to them. One of the greatest benefits of a consistent yoga practice is that it allows you to create more space in your reaction time.

It isn’t always easy, but being content is worth it.

The Yoga Sutras provide practical advice on how to be your best self by learning to shift your thought patterns. Yoga Sutra 2:33, Pratipaksha Bhavanam, encourages us to replace negative thought patterns with positive ones. So if you catch yourself being judgmental, critical, or negative, pause and reframe with compassion, kindness, and positivity. What we focus on expands and what we remove our attention from diminishes. Focus on the positive in each day and begin to cultivate your patterns of appreciating everything in your life

Like yoga, gratitude is a practice. Choose to find something to be thankful for, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem in the moment. It could be the beauty in a child’s smile, the pleasure of a delicious meal, or cruising through every green light on the way to work. Once you settle into a daily pattern of focusing on thankfulness, eventually, your perspective will shift and gratitude becomes your default.

This week, we’re excited to offer you four new classes aligned with increasing your gratitude in different areas of your life. Each practice is designed to help you feel thankful for life, love, your body, your purpose, life's pleasures and what holds meaning in your world. Enjoy!

Here are this week's four new yoga classes to have you feeling grateful!

1. Keith Allen - Feel Amazing Flow

2. Elise Fabricant - Joyful Joint Release

3. Claire Petretti Marti - Yoga for Better Sex

4. Kylie Larson - Anytime Gentle Flow

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