Developing and maintaining an attitude of gratitude takes commitment, determination and focus. It is finding the moments of joy in an otherwise challenging day. So often it is easy to go down the path of complaining or finding fault. But when we turn that energy around and attempt to find a solution or a positive attribute in a given situation, our hearts open, our minds clear and we become the type of person others like to be around, to learn from and to emulate. Spend time every day to think of at least three things you are grateful for in your life. Things like a friend, a sunrise, a favorite song, nourishing food, a funny pun, a budding flower or an energetic dog. Being grateful does not have to be elaborate or intense. It just needs to be brought to life.
"I am grateful."
Yoga Pose: Upward Salute (Raised Hands Pose) Urdhva Hastasana
Expand your heart center and show your gratitude for life in this upward salute.
Foundation. Start with your feet parallel to each other. Set your intention.
Stance. Center your weight so it is distributed equally between your heels and toes and the outer and inner edges of your feet. Lengthen your legs, yet keep a softness in the knees. Fully activate your legs.
Torso. Keep your torso and upper body upright, aligned in the center with your spine elongated and your pelvis in neutral. Create a bit of a back bend as you expand your heart center towards the sky.
Arms. With your arms by your sides, turn your palms away from your body. Then sweep your arms up overhead, ending in a V position or about shoulder width apart. Release your shoulders away from your ears.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Gaze forward or upward. Root down through the soles of your feet. Hold for several breaths. Be grateful for all you have in life.
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