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Practice Gratitude
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Practice Gratitude

Enjoy more of life by practicing gratitude in this flow.

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Hello, everybody, my name is Rehl Clarke. Thank you so much for practicing with me today. Today, our flow is all based on gratitude. When we have gratitude in life, life is just way more enjoyable. It's fun. We have more of a positive outlook on life because we can take the little things, or the big things, and be grateful for them. When we incorporate God into that, and we are grateful for God and have gratitude for God, we can overcome our trials a little bit easier with the help of God by our side. Gratitude brings us happiness, peace, reassurance. And although gratitude isn't gonna cure all of our life problems, it can, for sure, help us overcome trials or difficulties that we are faced with. So with that being said, I want you to just feel so grateful for this flow today. I am so grateful for yoga. I'm grateful for my family. I'm grateful for friends. I'm grateful for the beautiful Earth, for the sunshine. Throughout this flow, we're going to be engaging breathwork, and on those inhales, I want you to just inhale and take in everything that you're grateful for so that you can take that throughout the rest of your day, the rest of your evening, and share that, of course, with somebody else. With that being said, let's get into it. We're going to begin in a kneeling position. If this is hard on your knees, please feel free to take any position that is better, whether that is crossing your legs or in bound angle, butterfly, whatever it is. We're gonna start with an Ujjayi breath. We're gonna inhale through our nose and exhale everything out, making an H-A noise, sound something like this. Inhale through our nose, and exhale. Inhale. And exhale. Inhale. And exhale. A couple more times here. Reminding you to inhale everything that you're grateful for and exhaling any negative or harsh thoughts that we may have. Last time, inhale. And exhale. We're going to do a breathwork called bumblebee. Now traditional bumblebee, you have every finger on a specific place of your face, but today we are going to do an alternative way to do this breathwork. We are going to just cover our ears and place all four of our fingers on the top of our head. We're gonna inhale through our nose, really expanding and engaging our belly, accepting as much air as we can. And when we exhale, we're going to release a humming sound, like . And you're gonna release that until you have nothing more to release, and then inhale again, and exhale that humming sound. You can follow along with me, but if you would like to drag out your hum longer or keep it a little bit shorter, feel free to definitely go at whatever pace you are wanting to. Placing our thumbs over our ears, closing our ears off, placing all four fingers on top of our head, we're gonna inhale, and exhale. Two more times. Wonderful. Now finding stillness, we're going to sit tall on our knees and we're gonna do a couple kneeling cat-cows here. We're going to round off our spine and inhale, opening up our chest here. Rounding off our spine. Inhaling, opening up our chest. We're doing opposite breathwork here. We're inhaling, opening, and exhaling as we close. Couple more times. Really opening that chest up and rounding off that spine. Last time. From here, we're going to extend our right leg out, coming into gate pose. Inhaling, lifting our left arm up and over, bending and gazing up to the sky. Exhaling, falling over, cartwheeling our hands, coming into bird-cow pose. We're going to hold here. Inhale, lengthen. Exhale, draw your knee and your elbow together. Inhale, lengthen. Exhale, draw your knee and your elbow together. Inhale, lengthen. Exhale, draw your knee and elbow together. And lengthen, this time moving into tiger's pose, we're going to take our right hand, grabbing our left foot, pushing our left foot back into our right hand, gazing forward. And slowly releasing that. Coming back into that kneeling position. At the top of our mat, we are going to extend our left leg out this time. Inhaling, our right leg up to the sky, and exhale, falling forward. Cartwheeling our hands to the opposite side of our mat, coming into this bird-dog. Our left hand is extended, right foot back. We're going to inhale, lengthen, and exhale, drawing our elbow to our knee. And lengthen. And extend. Doing this a couple of times. Inhale, lengthen. Exhale, drawing that in. Inhale, lengthen. And drawing that in. Inhale, lengthen, reaching back. Grabbing our right foot with our left hand, gazing forward, coming into tiger's pose. Slowly releasing that and shifting our heads back into child's pose. We're gonna gaze at our fingertips, curl our toes underneath us and push ourselves back into downward-facing dog. We're going to walk to the top of our mat, grabbing both of our elbows, hanging heavy. Falling to the right, falling to the left. Inhale, our arms all the way up to the sky. And exhale, bringing our hands, heart to center. Walking back down onto our knees, we're going to place our hands in our imaginary pockets and we're going to work our way into a baby camel, opening our chest, lifting our chin up and back, and feeling just the gratitude flow through our body. Slowly coming up and coming down into child's pose. Your hands are going to be on the outside of your body this time. Slowly sitting up, we're going to cross our legs underneath us, switching directions and shooting out our legs in front of us. Inhale, arms come high. Exhale, coming into a seated forward fold. Inhale, slowly walking our way, walking our hands up our legs. We're going to cross our feet underneath us, coming into another tabletop position. Curling our toes underneath us, pushing our hips up and back into down dog. Inhale, right leg goes high, bending at the hip. We're going to take our knee to our shoulder and straight back. Knee to shoulder and straight back. Last time, knee to shoulder and straight back. This time stepping your right leg through your hands, coming into warrior I. Exhale, opening to warrior II. Falling forward into a side angle. Dropping our left hand down onto the mat. Right arm goes up to the sky. Dropping our left knee down, both hands are now on either side of our foot. We are going to push our knees back into another child's pose. Gazing at our fingertips, curling our toes, coming into tabletop, pushing back into down dog. Gazing at our fingertips. We're gonna walk or jump to the top of our mat. Inhale, halfway lift. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale, arms come all the way up. And exhale, bring your hands, heart to center. Inhale, arms come up to the sky. Exhale, forward fold. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, Vinyasa through, lowered down halfway. Inhale, upward-facing dog. And exhale, downward-facing dog. From here, our left leg comes high, putting a bend in our knee, and shooting that forward to our shoulder. Extending that out. Knee to shoulder. Extending out. Knee to shoulder. And stepping our left leg through both of our hands, coming into a low lunge. Inhale, arms up. Exhale, pressing our hands down, coming into a high lunge, right leg goes high. Twisting, gazing up at our fingertips. Cartwheeling our hands on either side of our foot, shooting back, lowering down halfway. Inhale, upward-facing dog. And exhale, downward-facing dog. Gazing at our fingertips, walk or jump to the top of our mat. Inhale, halfway left. Exhale, forward fold and hang heavy here. Inhale, our arms all the way up to the sky. Exhale, bring your hands, heart to center. Inhale, arms up, right hand grabs left wrist and we're gonna fall to the right. Inhale, both arms up, flipping the grip, left hand grabs right wrist, falling to the left. Inhaling, our arms up. Exhaling, forward fold. Inhale, flat back. Exhale, placing both hands down on our mat. We're gonna put a bend into our left knee, lifting our right arm up to the sky. Slowly lowering that, switching knees, our right knee is going to be bent. Left arm is now up at the sky. Gazing at our fingertips. Both hands are centered. We're gonna inhale, flat back one last time. And exhale, coming all the way down, lowering to our belly. From here, we're going to reach back and grab our right foot and our left hand is going to reach back and grab our left foot. We're going to push our feet into our hands, coming up into bow. Inhale. And exhale. Inhale, come up. And exhale, release. Two more times, inhale, come up. And exhale, release. Last time, really pushing those feet into your hands in our inhale, coming up. And exhale, release. Slowly, lowering our feet down on the ground. Hands are going to now come underneath our shoulders. We're gonna inhale, doing a couple baby cobras. Inhale, and lowering down. Placing our right cheek onto our mat. Inhale, up. And lower down, placing our left cheek on the mat. Two more times, inhale, up. And exhale, down. Inhale, up. And exhale, down. Curling our toes underneath us, we're gonna push up and back coming into a child's pose again. Breathing here, feeling gratitude for this flow. Thinking of where your gratitude is with God. Staring at our fingertips, we're gonna come to all fours up into tabletop. We're going to curl our toes underneath us and push back into down dog. Right leg is going to come high and come straight back down. Right leg high, and straight back down. A couple more times here. Right leg high, straight down. Right leg high, and straight down. Right leg comes high. Putting weight into our right hand, our left arm is going to go out in front of us, coming into this balance here. And slowly lowering that down. Coming into down dog, we're going to pedal our feet back and forth. Inhale, left leg comes high. Lower down. Inhale, high. Lower down. A couple more times here at your own pace. Inhale, high, putting weight into our left hand. Our right hand is going to float, feeling strong here. Feeling grateful for balance, determination. And lowering that down. Pedaling out our feet, gazing at our fingertips, walking to the top of our mat. Lowering down, coming into a low squat here, we are going to take our right hand up to the sky and cross it around our body. Grabbing the top of our left thigh with our right hand. Slowly releasing that. Left arm comes high. Wrapping that around to the top of our right thigh. Releasing that bind, coming onto our knees, we are now going to go into camel pose. If you have back problems or hip problems, please do not practice this pose. But if it is in your practice, please feel free to do so. We're going to inhale, bringing our right arm up and around, grabbing our right foot. And our left arm is going to come up and around, grabbing our left foot. Opening our hip, or opening our chest up to the sky. Gazing behind us. Slowly releasing that, coming up. Widening our stance, coming down into child's pose and our hands are going to go in between our thighs. Gazing above us, coming into a tabletop one last time. Curling our toes underneath us, pushing our hips back into downward-facing dog. Gazing at our fingertips, walking your feet to meet me at the top of your mat. Inhaling, our arms all the way up to the sky. Exhale, bring your hands, heart to center. Inhale, arms up. Exhale, open up to the left, sweeping our left arm underneath, bringing both arms to the top and sweeping our right arm to open up to the right. Inhale, arms up. And exhale slowly, making your way down to a seated position. I'm going to face you guys. From here, we are going to take our left knee down on our mat and our right knee on top. We're going to take our right elbow and twist, looking over, excuse me. We are going to take our left leg down onto the mat. Our right leg is going to be crossing over. We're going to be taking our left arm, crossing it over our right knee. Gazing at our right fingertip. Gazing at our right shoulder. Slowly releasing that. Switching this time, our right leg is flat on the mat. Left leg is going to cross over. Right arm is going to hook onto left knee and we're going to gaze over our left shoulder here. Slowly releasing that. We're going to make our way lying down on our mat. We're going to inhale, lifting our hips up to the sky in a bridge. We're going to extend our right leg out and bringing that back down. Extending our left leg straight out and bringing that back down. Gonna do this just a couple of times, extending each leg. Engaging our core, engaging our glutes. And slowly lowering that down. Our feet are flat on the ground. We're gonna do a couple windshield wipers here, moving back and forth. We're going to inhale, bringing our right knee close to our chest, bending our left leg out. Our left hand is going to grab our right knee and pull it over to the left side as we gaze out to the right. Inhale, bringing that right knee close to your chest again. Extending that right leg out. Inhale, bringing your left knee close to your chest. Our right hand is going to grab our left knee, pulling it across our right side body. Our left arm is going to go out and we are going to gaze out at our fingertips. Bringing that left knee close to your chest again, having your right knee follow. Tucking your nose to your knees, giving yourself a big hug. And slowly releasing into our final pose, Savasana. Take this time to feel all the gratitude you do for yourself and for God. Focusing on your breathing. This final pose is for you. Begin to wiggle your fingers and wiggle your toes. Becoming aware of your surroundings. When you are ready, falling to your left or right side, using your arm as a pillow, we're going to slowly push our way up to a seated position on the top of our mat. Take one more deep inhale and exhale. I am so grateful that you are able to practice this yoga flow with me and I hope that you can feel the gratitude that I have for yoga practice and I hope that you have for yoga practice as well. Gratitude brings us closer to God because as we are grateful for God's creations, we feel that love that God has to offer to us. Thank you so much for practicing with me. Namaste.

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