I define gratitude as honor, thanks, and deep appreciation. Having the opportunity to practice yoga, a 3,000 year old tradition, brings forth tremendous gratitude as I give thanks for every generation, every person before me, who has passed this tradition on.
One type of yoga, Bhakti yoga, is the yoga of love and devotion, and it incorporates gratitude in its philosophy. To practice yoga with a peaceful, grateful heart is the main focus, and yet one does not have to practice bhakti yoga to have gratitude in their practice. Incorporating reverence and gratitude to your practice can be a mantra or a word repeated throughout practice to remind your dear heart to stay open and grateful. Poses such as humble warrior and child’s pose in which your head is lower than your heart call forth a physical feeling of humility and gratitude.
Going beyond the mat, there are gratitude practices such as a gratitude journal, 30 Days of Gratitude challenges, and random acts of gratitude. Incorporating a gratitude practice into your daily life usually has a snowball effect - a grateful heart becomes an even more grateful heart. As your heart grows and expands, you begin to find that your ability to be grateful is limitless. You may find that you become grateful for everything, everyone, and every experience.