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Yoga and reading are my passions - followed closely by jewelry-making and cooking plant-based meals. My husband is my guinea pig for my recipes and thankfully he's a willing subject! Be sure to visit my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBookishYogini?ref=search_shop_redirect

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Opening Our Hearts to Gratitude

For the month of November 2015, during our yoga classes at The Jones Center, we will celebrate the Thanksgiving Season by Opening Our Hearts to Gratitude.  What is Gratitude?  According to the Dictionary, gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  Let’s dedicate our November yoga classes to the mindful cultivation of gratitude.  The historical origin of the word ‘gratitude’ is the Latin word gratus which means thankfulness. In India the word for gratitude is Pranam which literally means ‘to offer up all of one’s parts.’ 

Research has shown many benefits for practicing gratitude:

  • Gratitude brings us happiness: Through research by Emmons, happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, and many other scientists, practicing gratitude has proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction; it also boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
  • On the flip side, gratitude also reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Gratitude is good for our bodies: Studies by Emmons and his colleague Michael McCullough suggest gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
  • Grateful people sleep better: They get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening.
  • Gratitude makes us more resilient: It has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including Vietnam War veterans with PTSD.
  • Gratitude strengthens relationships: It makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners. When partners feel and express gratitude for each other, they each become more satisfied with their relationship. Gratitude may also encourage a more equitable division of labor between partners.
  • Gratitude promotes forgiveness—even between ex-spouses after a divorce.
  • Gratitude makes us “pay it forward: Grateful people are more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate.
  • Gratitude is good for kids: When 10-19 year olds practice gratitude, they report greater life satisfaction and more positive emotion, and they feel more connected to their community.
Gratitude is good for schools: Studies suggest it makes students feel better about their school; it also makes teachers feel more satisfied and accomplished, and less emotionally exhausted, possibly reducing teacher burnout.

So, let's focus on the things in our lives that we can be grateful for this month, and feel our explode with Thankfulness!

Om Shanti, Peace


Monday, November 2, 2015

Yoga Class Schedule for November 2015

Hello yogis and yoginis! 

Here is an updated teaching schedule and the "planned" classes for the next few weeks.  I will try to stick to what I've planned, but hey, sometimes you just need to go with what feels good that particular night!  

5:30 pm - Tuesday and Thursday

"Yoga for Every Body" at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale, 5:30 - 6:20 pm Tuesday and Thursday.  

Bring your yoga mat, a strap, a block, and even a yoga blanket if you want.  If you don't have a yoga mat, don't worry, The Jones Center provides several mats, blocks, and straps for you to borrow.  

I'm back from Long Island on Thursday, 11/5/15.  On the 12th I'll be taking my LAST yoga training class completing my 200-hrs of training with YogaFit International.  YEAH!  

Classes planned for the next few weeks:

Tues, 11/3/15:     Sub
Thurs, 11/5/15:   Thankful Yoga:  Appreciating Our 

Tues, 11/10/15:   Thankful Yoga:  Appreciating The Difficulties in our Lives
Thurs, 11/12/15:  Sub

Tues, 11/17/15:    Thankful Yoga:  Mindfulness
Thurs, 11/19/15:  Thankful Yoga:  Joyful Happiness

Tues, 11/24/15:    Jones Center open - No Classes. 
Thurs, 11/26/15:  THANKSGIVING!  The Jones Center is closed.  Enjoy the Day!  

Hope to see you in class!  

Peace and Namaste'!