Child’s Pose, Balasana
Do you keep a Gratitude Journal? For many of us adding another thing to our ever growing to do list may seem like a hassle, but journaling with joy and appreciation in our hearts reminds us to pay attention to all of the abundance that surrounds us and to appreciate the little things we may take for granted.
This November, we challenge you to create a list of 5 things for which you’re thankful. Those who keep a Gratitude Journal are said to experience many benefits including better sleep, decreased instances of illness and greater levels of happiness.
To commence your practice of thanks, begin with Child’s Pose to still your body, heart and mind:
- Start in a tabletop position
- Bring your big toes to touch and your knees mat-width distance apart
- Melt your heart towards the floor as you drop your torso between your thighs
- Lay your palms on the earth and extend your arms forward
- Rest your forehead on your mat or a block
To add Anjali Mudra to your practice, bring your palms to touch, bend your elbows and kiss your thumbs to the back of your neck. Anjali Mudra further develops a meditative state and heightened awareness. Allow this openness to spread within you as your reflect on your practice of gratitude and thanks.
Benefits of Child’s Pose include:
- Reduction of stress, anxiety and fatigue
- Opening of the heart
- Provides a soft stretch for hips, knees and ankles
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward