The world is getting increasingly yogic. There seems to be a lot of interest in eastern practices, as well as its philosophical foundations. Yoga, which makes people pull their faces and bodies into strange and unfamiliar shapes that they wouldn’t, normally, is an exercise in reaching out for peak performance in physical, mental and spiritual fields. So in a world that is getting quite complex, thankless and violent, yoga exercises can help to pull things back into shape.
One of its interesting benefits is that it helps to boost your gratitude meter.
Now why you should feel grateful has nothing to do with yoga, but feeling grateful to the practice for helping you to feel grateful can boost your well-being. Because, as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Indian Spiritual Guru puts it, you would be able to gear up and lay the foundation for a successful and transformational life. If you don’t achieve a promotion, it helps to remember that you are lucky — not because you didn’t get the promotion you wanted, but because you already have a fairly good job that enables you to aspire for it and reach it at some later date.
So get into the gratitude habit. Be thankful for your limbs, the air, water, food and your job — or even no job, for just being able to walk the skies, and live in a world that is open to you all the time. Why is that so important? Just do it, and watch how it transforms your life, as research shows.
Gratitude is about appreciating every minute of your life, savoring the air in your lungs, your skin, and the stretch that you feel in your hamstrings. Focusing on the positive side of life, and through yoga, to boot, automatically makes your body secrete endorphins, with a rush of adrenaline that boosts your health and happiness.
Begin with the most fundamental exercise of all — breathing. What is there to be thankful about in breathing, you may ask. Plenty — the air is free, and it’s the basic life-support system which is available to you everywhere. Continue reading >>