Our Instructor Explains Why She is Grateful for Yoga

A Journey of Gratitude Through the Chakras

– Taylor Lawrence, RYT200

the word yoga written in the sandIf you know me, then you know how much I love to write – especially when it involves my love for yoga. But when I sat down to write about why I am grateful for yoga, I’ll be honest, I felt a little overwhelmed. Not because I was drawing a blank, but because I couldn’t decide on what to write first… or in what order…or just how many gratitudes to dive into. I could write about my gratitude towards yoga forever!

After talking with a dear friend/colleague and getting out of my head and into my heart (Thanks, Sarah! Thanks, yoga!), it hit me. The chakras!  These chakras are brilliant little check-in points that you can learn more about here, here, and here. Alright, let’s get to the good stuff!

My reasons to be grateful for Yoga:

  1. Muladhara (Root) – I’m grateful to yoga for helping me stay grounded, rooted in the present moment and connected to my basic human needs. Yoga allows me to feel safe and stable in my body.
  2. Svadisthana (Sacral) – I’m grateful to yoga for encouraging me to tap into the more subtle, emotional aspects of my being. Yoga serves as a guide towards living a more pleasurable and sensual life.
  3. Manipura (Navel/Core) – I’m grateful to yoga because I’m able to maintain a more centered and powerful energy within myself. Yoga has given me the tools to feel more confident, strong and healthy in all aspects of my life.
  4. Anahata (Heart) – I’m grateful to yoga for connecting me so deeply into my own heart and the hearts of others. Grateful for creating the space to honor this energetically powerful and radiant center so that I may experience and extend more unconditional love and compassion.
  5. Vishuddi (Throat) – I’m grateful to yoga for teaching me how to speak up for myself and others. For allowing me to explore my own authentic, creative expressions and to take in nourishment on all levels.
  6. Ajna (Third Eye) – I’m grateful to yoga for restoring my connection to my own intuition and inner wisdom. Yoga has helped me receive more insight into my life and the ability to make sound decisions for myself and those in my care.
  7. Sahasrara – I’m grateful to yoga yoga for healing my connection to the Divine…so that I may always remember that we are ONE <3

Take some time this season to reflect on all of the amazing, wonderful people and opportunities we’ve been given in this life and how truly precious this life is!

Many blessings and much gratitude