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:  http://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/4-science-backed-benefits-gratitude/

It’s a quick and easy read 🙂

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

Take a Deep Breath

Take a deep breath.  (Really, go ahead 🙂 )

I love starting a yoga practice with some mindful breathing.  It centers and brings me to this moment, time and time again.  Plus, it just feels good!  Mindful breathing slows your heart rate and brings your mind to a calmer state.

Scientific research is now showing that mindful breathing (such as dirgha pranayama) is one of the most effective ways to lower every day stress levels and improve your health!

This article summarizes some of the benefits of mindful breathing and goes into the science behind breathing!  Good stuff!

I invite you to practice some mindful breathing any time you’re feeling frazzled or overwhelmed.  Let me know how it changed things for you!