Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Yogis

This is the time of year many families and friends across North America get together and eat till they sleep.  This is one of the busiest times at American Airports.  Many yogis engage in Pot-lucks at their yoga studios.  Some studios who embrace the practice of yoga with Ahimsa, encourage students to eat vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving.

For many years I used to volunteer at the Missionaries of Charity in NYC, and the past few years I invited yoga students to join me for serving food on Thanksgiving at the shelter, as it was a bigger event and required more volunteers than weekly meals.
Volunteering at Missionaries of Charity, BX, NYC with some Amazing Yoga Students.

While many people view thanksgiving as a chance to consume ridiculously large amounts of foods that leave us in a food coma, or nothing more than a mass slaughtering of turkeys, or a celebration of the genocide that took place years ago, it still is a HUGE north American Holiday.  Regardless of what we eat, it is important to take the time to reflect & give thanks.  Truly, giving thanks and celebrating our loved ones should be done on a regular basis for an abundant life and not just annually.   Some folks may say I cannot think of things to be thankful for, so perhaps you should start with a list of 5 things.  Sadly our consumer driven society leaves many people in a feeling of "lack" or "dissatisfaction" when we truly have more than most people in other parts of the world.  If only we take a moment to reflect with gratitude, only then will more blessings out pour.

List for ways to make thanksgiving more than just a annual event of eating.
  1.  Give thanks at every meal, acknowledging mother nature/God, the hands that made the food, and the people you share the meal with.
  2. Adopt a turkey from Farm Sanctuary's Adopt a Turkey Project.
  3. Volunteer at a local shelter to give food to people who otherwise would have nothing or donate canned goods.
  4. Volunteer at a local hospital or animal shelter.
  5. Make your yoga practice, every breath an inhalation of gratitude, every asana an offering of thanks.
  6. Keep a daily meditation practice of gratitude
  7. Keep a daily journal and list all the blessings in your life.
  8. Be Thankful for the people in your life always, and make sure they feel your gratitude and love.
  9. Add some detoxification yoga asana and foods to your life, so that you can be kind to your digestive system.
  10. Smile and Say Thank at every chance you get!

Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with love, peace, joy and thanksgiving! ~ Namaste

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