Thanksgiving is finally upon us! It’s a time for – you guessed it – giving thanks. And, you know, pumpkin pie, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (am I the only one who eats that stuff like they’re main dishes?).
Gratitude is a powerful practice, and can positively transform our physical and mental health (here are 7 scientifically proven benefits of practicing gratitude). While gratitude, or acknowledging and appreciating the things that we have, should be a part of our daily lives, Thanksgiving is a great reminder to gather and give thanks for all our blessings.
Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. – Marcus Aurelius
Gratitude and yoga go hand-in-hand. Practicing yoga on a regular basis can help you get more in touch with giving thanks and cultivating an open heart. The key to reaping the benefits of gratitude is – surprise, surprise – consistency. Try dedicating time every day to write in a gratitude journal and/or practice yoga and meditation. Even just 5 or 10 minutes will do!
Yoga Routines for Thanksgiving (+ 2 guided meditations)
Without further ado, here are four free and portable yoga routines to practice for gratitude this Thanksgiving. I love these options because you can do them any place, any time – perfect for whether you’re having a staycation or are on the go.
If you have 60 minutes
Find Gratitude Flow with Kathryn Budig (with a free 15-day trial of Yoga Glo)
If you have 30 minutes
Yoga for Gratitude with Lesley Fightmaster
Yoga for Gratitude with Adriene Mishler
If you have 12 minutes
Gratitude Yoga Flow with Fernanda Grisetti
If you just want to guide yourself
7 relaxation yoga poses to help you cultivate gratitude, for those of you who would prefer to guide yourself through your om’s.
But wait – what if I want to meditate?
I feel you – here’s a 10 minute morning guided meditation for finding gratitude from The Cexercise Trinity, and another meditation focused on being thankful for how we are now from The Meditation Podcast.
As an American, I will always consider this holiday special – but I encourage anyone reading this to take time to count their blessings, share them with their loved ones, and treat it like a celebration. I think the world could always use a little more of that.
So feel free to spread the joy by passing these on to your friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Namaste.