November is national gratitude month, making it the perfect time to learn yoga poses that remind you to be grateful and inspire you to give thanks.
Research has shown that gratitude can improve our mood, our health, and decrease stress, all of the things that yoga can do as well. In order to have feelings of gratitude you must be present and focused in the moment, something that is also needed as you move through various yoga poses.
It’s often believed that poses that open up your heart can help to inspire the most gratitude within.
Grab your mat and check out these yoga poses that will inspire gratitude and leave you feeling like new from the inside out.
This is an easy and gentle hip-opener that helps to inspire gratitude as you fold your body forward and into yourself and rest on your mat.
To get into this pose start on your hands and knees. Bring your big toes together behind you as you spread your knees as far apart as you can comfortably. Next, stretch your arms in front of you as you move your hips back to your heels. Lay your torso forward and rest your forehead on your mat. As you lie there, pay attention to the rhythm of your breath. Find gratitude in your breath which is a sign you are living.
Standing Forward Fold
Release your spine in this gratitude-inspiring pose as oxygen-rich blood moves towards your brain.
Start with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees slightly and fold your body forward. Next, relax your head and neck and let your arms dangle. Open your eyes and look down at your feet as you find gratitude for all of the places they will take you.
This pose will stretch your hip flexors as it inspires gratitude and helps you remain grounded while opening your heart.
Put one foot forward and one back as you lower down to your back knee. Bend your front knee as you slide your front foot forward. Make sure it lines up under your knee. Reach your arms up as you inhale. Exhale and curl back. Bend your elbows and roll your shoulder blades toward one another.
While this is a challenging pose, it inspires gratitude as you learn to open your heart, throat, and shoulders and think about all you’ve accomplished in your life.
Start on your knees with your toes tucked under for support. Stand up on your knees and roll your shoulders back. Reach back so that your hands reach your lower back, the backs of your legs or your heels. Keep your chin to your chest and gaze forward as long as you can before you tip your head slightly back.
Stand grounded as this pose teaches you to be grateful for all your dreams and all that you’ve already accomplished.
Begin by standing with your feet hip-width. Take a deep breath in and reach your arms over your head. Turn your palms towards one another and reach through your fingertips. Look up and take five deep breaths.
As you practice these poses they can become part of your daily routine. It doesn’t need to be the month of November to express gratitude!
These poses can be done year-round to leave you feeling peaceful, grounded, and thankful. Yoga guru Yogi Bhajan once said, “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.”