Science Backed Benefits of Gratitude

live-life-as-a-miracleHappy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful holiday with your family and friends.

As kids we are taught that Thanksgiving is all about gratitude for the harvest (abundance) in our life, but we sometimes forget this when we become adults and our lives become so full.

Take a moment to close your eyes and bring to mind something or someone you are grateful for.  Let that feeling of gratitude swell in your heart and spread throughout all the cells of your body.  I’ll wait while you do that 😉

If you’re someone like me and you enjoy reading about science, this article talks about 4 studies that show the benefits of gratitude in our lives:

It’s a quick and easy read 🙂

Enjoy your holiday weekend to the fullest, with those you love the most <3

Yoga for Back Pain and Yummy Private Session Packages!

imageI get asked a lot about back pain as a yoga teacher. And as someone who has experienced a lower back injury, I understand how debilitating back pain can be!

The good news is, you CAN strengthen and heal your back with yoga.

In fact, doctors and chiropractors are recommending yoga more and more often to their patients for back pain. Yoga is not only good for mediating acute back pain, it’s also great for keeping your body healthy and strong in the long term to prevent future injury.

This article offers 12 yoga poses you can do for back pain. We have done all of these poses at one time or another in Yoga Basics! Combine this with some yoga for core strength and you are well on your way to a healthy and happy back!

Let me know if you have any questions on modifications!

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I promised you that I would share the discoveries from my gratefulness practice! I found that the practice significantly improved my outlook each day. I was able to focus on all of the great things I have in my life and feel much more fulfilled. I noticed that being grateful for specific people in my life was much more effective than being grateful for material items (not surprising!). I’ve found it to be so beneficial that I’m extending my practice to the end of September 🙂



It’s SO easy to notice what’s going wrong in our world as compared to what’s going right.

I fall into this trap more often than I like to admit.  I notice all the things I haven’t done and immediately begin to stress myself out thinking about how and when I’m going to do those things.  I instantly feel tired and overwhelmed and often become tense and snippy with my loved ones; the people I want to be my best for every day.

I was inspired to share this with you, in the hopes that you join me in a super simple 7 day gratitude practice.  I know you may be thinking “something else to do this week?!”.  I’m right there with you on that thought.  That was actually my very first thought when the idea of a 7 day gratitude practice popped up in my consciousness.  I thought “Really?!  WHY?!  I’m so busy and I can’t handle just one.more.thing”.  Then I heard “Yes, really.”  I’ve already done this practice today and I can tell you it is super quick (30 seconds) and can instantly shift your outlook on life today.

All you have to do is think of ONE thing you are grateful for today.  Close your eyes, bring it into your mind, and just let it settle and seep into your body.  Notice what changes in your body and breath.  Notice if that shift stays with you a while.  Ahhhhhh, now isn’t that lovely.

Please join me for this 7 day practice; I could really use your comraderie!  I set an alarm on my phone for every day this week to remind myself to do it.  Let me know how it goes for you and I will share my feelings on it in next week’s newsletter!

I’m teaching Balanced tonight at 6 at YogaSpace!  It would be great to see you and we can do this gratefulness practice together 🙂