The basis of gratitude is the ability to take the time to notice things in your environment that you are grateful for. Research by UC Davis psychologist, Robert Emmons, has shown that practicing gratitude can significantly affect your life and sense of wellbeing. (Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier). The research shows that gratitude significantly affects the way we perceive reality, but it requires work. The Yoga Sutra states:
“Acknowledging abundance (aparigraha) we rerecognize the blessings in everything and gain insights into the purpose for our worldly existence.”
Sutra 2.39 translation by Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga
Yoga nurtures gratitude for what we do have, rather than what we don’t–thereby changing our perspective and perception from suffering to that of abundance.
Pineapple Yoga Studio is here to serve the community. Feel free to contact us via email or phone with any questions you may have about yoga or any of our programs. We look forward to hearing from you. Namaste, PYS