Perhaps the two most important words we can think or speak are “Thank You.” When we express sincere gratitude, we spread loving kindness to everyone around us and we improve our own lives. By focusing on everything we appreciate, we open our consciousness to all the mysteries of the universe. Living in a state of gratefulness naturally invites more of what’s good into our life. It’s magic – and it’s real.
To embody thankfulness, first connect to the earth. Our beautiful blue planet supplies everything we need for life. A seed becomes a plant to nourish us. The atmosphere contains oxygen for us to breathe. The darkness of the night sky welcomes peaceful slumber. Begin in Child’s Pose (Balasana.) Fold your body forward widening your knees to give your tummy space to breathe. Gently press your forehead to Earth. Relax your arms by your side or stretch them out in front of you. Take 3 or more deep belly breaths.
Next, slide your hands forward while keeping your tail in the air. Your arms are strong and straight. Lengthen your spine by pushing down on your hands while you reach your chest toward the ground. This is playful Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana).
From here, move into Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana). Breathe in and press through your arms to lift your head and chest off the floor. Relax your shoulders away from your ears. Tuck your chin like a magnificent Sphinx. Take long deep breaths as you ground your hips into the earth. Finish in Crocodile Pose (Makarasana.) Rest your forehead on Earth and stretch your arms overhead in a full prostration of gratitude to all that is. You may also turn your head to rest on one cheek and move your arms to the side.
Image: Yoga Teddy Bear Thank You Sequence with fall colors by K. Mae Copham
Video: Yoga Teddy Bear Thank You Sequence by K. Mae Copham, filmed by Robert Oakley, Guitar by K. Mae Copham.