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A Gratitude Playlist for your Thanksgiving Workout

A Gratitude Playlist for your Thanksgiving Workout

Happy Saturday babes! It's finally the weekend, which means it's almost Thanksgiving! With the biggest eating day of the year approaching, it can be easy to fall of the work out wagon and just wait for the New Year to get back into it. We've all done it. Luckily, teaching yoga twice a week helps me to at least get in a little bit of movement, even when I've done nothing else all week. Yesterday morning I taught a Gratitude Yoga class where instead of thinking about our breath during some poses, we thought about our blessings or things we were excited about. I tried to curate a playlist that helped to evoke feelings of gratitude while also giving a good beat for the flow section of the class. So while this playlist might not be the best for a straight up cardio session or weight lifting, it's great for when you just want to move, stretch, relax, and think about what you're grateful for this year! 

1. I - Benn Jordan

This instrumental song starts with birds chirping and a strumming guitar to help you get into your relaxation state and get out of your head! I love this one to start off my classes and tell students to listen to their breath and feel out how their body feels that day. 

2. Blue - Yoste

Another relaxing song to help with your warm up. Maybe stretch out your shoulders or get some cat and cow poses in there to warm up your spine and your hips. 

3. Youth (ft. Khalid) - Shawn Mendes

 

So this song is kinda deep, it's about the Manchester Bombings at the Ariana Grande concert back in 2017. It's about how he feels his youth is being taken away by having to deal with mass shootings, tragedies, etc. and how no one can take his youth away from him. It's just an empowering song everyone needs to listen to. I start our flow to this song because it is empowering and can get you motivated! 

4. No One (Kayge Calypso & Dunn Remix) - Mothica 

A more upbeat song with some good beats for working out! 

5. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille

This song is about wanting the best for people no matter what. It's encouraging to listen during your flow, but I also encourage you not to watch the music video unless you want to have a good cry. Just don't do it to yourself. 

6. Can't Stop the Feeling - J.T. 

I mean you have to listen to this one while you work out. It's fun and puts you in a great mood! 

7. thank u, next - Ariana Grande

A pop song with a good beat where Ariana thanks all of her ex boyfriends/friendships for making her who she is today! It's a great message and a great way to look back on your own relationships that have shaped you. 

8. This Feeling (ft. Kelsea Ballerini) - The Chainsmokers 

I love a good upbeat pop song for yoga flow obviously! But this song is actually the first song that writer, Drew Taggart, wrote when his depression lifted after a long battle. It's about following your heart even when people don't believe in you. You do you, girl! 

9. breathin - Ariana Grande 

A great workout song and I like to include it to remind students to breathe during our most difficult portion of the flow class! I don't know any deep meaning behind this song, but it's a great one to come back to your breath and be grateful for it. 

10. Eastside - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid

Just a feel good song about young love coming into adulthood. A good one for evoking feelings of nostalgia while you get your work out on. 

11. Thank You - Kehlani

Another song with a fast beat thanking her friends and loved ones for keeping her grounded, and all they've sacrificed to make her who she is. A great message for feeling grateful for everyone who brings light into your life. 

12. Ocean (ft. Khalid) - Martin Garrix

So if you can't tell, I love Khalid and a lot of his songs are on my playlists whether they're his albums or he's just making a special appearance on a track. This is when we start to slow down our class. This song is slower paced and about how nothing, even oceans (physically or figuratively during rough times), could keep two loved ones apart. And as someone currently in a long distance relationship, it hits home. So for all our babes who I know are in similar situations, this is a great one to add to your playlist! 

13. Better - Khalid 

Another relationship song (by Khalid.. duh) where he talks about how nothing feels better than when he's with this person. I love a good mushy song during heart openers, so get some back bends in during this song and see what emotions come up! Spoiler Alert: I usually end up crying.. 

14. Power Over Me - Dermot Kennedy

I just discovered this artist and he is a TREAT! So you may not have heard of him before, but you probably will soon! This song is all about being totally enamored (in a good way) over someone that they have a 'power' over you. His voice helps in relaxing and stretching poses. 

15. In My Blood - Shawn Mendes

I love this song. It's so empowering and it's all about not giving up because it's not 'in his blood'. This is a good one for slowing down and stretching and getting into some poses maybe like Half Pigeon where you can reflect on all the things you don't want to give up on! This was the pose I had students focus on their blessings rather than their breaths. It would also be great to do during a heart opener to evoke some more emotion (it all comes out in those heart openers!) 

16. Glory - Dermot Kennedy

So this album is described as "evoking a balance between Bon Iver & Drake" and I can totally see that with this song. He draws on the good and bad that he's been through like losing a loved one and then falling in love. The song is about balance which is pretty perfect for a yoga practice, but his voice is amazing and I just like laying down and listening to it. Maybe do some stretches on your back to this one! 

17. Holocene - Bon Iver

One of my go to savasana songs because it's just beautiful. I get questions all the time about this one because you can get out of your head without getting too into the lyrics. It's just a good one you need to add to your savasana list! 

So there's my 60 minute gratitude yoga playlist for you! So even if you do fall of the work out wagon for the holidays, the least you can do is stretch while sipping wine and sitting on the couch maybe? We definitely don't do that all the time... Check out all the songs on our Spotify list here:

Thanks for reading! Let us know if you enjoy any of these songs or give us tips on songs that keep you motivated in the comments! 

 

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How To: Live with more Gratitude

How To: Live with more Gratitude

Well, November crept up on us and the holiday season is rapidly approaching whether we're ready for it or not! (we're getting there, but definitely leaning toward NOT ready!) Although the holidays are our busiest time of the year in retail, we love to take a minute and remind ourselves what they're all about. Gratefulness seems to be a strong theme when the holidays come around, being thankful for your family, your friends, your health, anything. So we want to expand on this theme and make November a month of gratitude! We will be posting weekly on our social media channels something we are grateful for, and we encourage all of our babes to do the same and to keep us accountable! 

Living with gratitude has been scientifically proven to have a LOT of benefits! It helps to improve your psychological and physical health, strengthens relationships, helps with sleeping, and improves self esteem! We've rounded up our 5 favorite ways to incorporate gratitude into your everyday life without starting your own journal (which if you search 'gratitude journal' on Pinterest, will give you tons of ideas!) Maybe we will save that for another post, but for now we are starting small. 

1. Reverse Bucket List. The most 'list' like way to incorporate gratitude in your life is by writing down your reverse bucket list. In other words, instead of daydreaming of things you would like to do before you die, write down a list of things you've already accomplished! It's so easy to come up with ideas and open up your mind to all the places you wish you could go and see, but a reverse bucket list requires your mind to shift. Your reverse bucket list doesn't have to be a list of grandiose things either, it can be something as simple as "learned to knit" and that's a great accomplishment! By writing down your own personal accomplishments, you can feel gratitude toward these things and look back on with pride! 2 of our biggest accomplishments would be 1) starting our own business and 2) taking a leap of faith and moving to the beach. What would your top 3 accomplishments be on your reverse bucket list? 

2. Say Thank You. You may think this seems like such a simple task, but instead of just mumbling a "thanks" at the Starbucks counter, actually mean it! Maybe make some eye contact? Make the effort to sincerely offer a thank you to your coworkers, your significant other, even your grocery bagger. Instead of just saying 'thank you' offer up a reason you're thanking that person such as "thank you, I really appreciate your help" or "thank you for doing that chore that I really hate doing." Your words have such a huge impact on how you feel, wouldn't you rather fill your thoughts with positivity? We will be making the effort to thank someone everyday for the month of November, we hope you will too! 

3. Daily Gratitude. Before going to sleep at night, instead of thinking about all the things you have to do the next day, think about everything you are grateful for that happened that day! What was your favorite part of today? Can you make it a conversation with your spouse? Or dinner time chat with the kids? Try to be specific with your answers too! Instead of "I'm grateful for my job" ask yourself why? "I'm grateful for my job that lets me get home to my family every night" or "I'm grateful for the people I get to serve while working" whether that's making them feel beautiful in clothes, repairing a roof, or doing someone's taxes! Little shifts in your mindset like this can make a world of difference on your self esteem and your mental health. Dr. Alia Crum gives a great TED Talk on how your mindset changes all facets of your life and gives some mind blowing studies on this topic! Watch it here to learn more. 

4. Enhance your Small Talk. We do it every day with our coworkers, customers, and when meeting new people. How's everything going? How was your weekend? And usually it's a 'good' and then we move on. We're missing a huge opportunity to really connect with people. Let's start asking meaningful questions, and it's not that hard to start! Monday morning instead of "how was your weekend?" ask your coworker "what was the best part about your weekend?" When meeting someone new, instead of asking what they do for a living, ask them "what's something going on that you're excited about?" They don't have to be heavy hit questions like "what are you grateful for?" They can be simple, and you can really get to know someone rather than knowing that their weekend was 'good'. Ask one person this week what they're excited about! See where that conversation takes you. 

5. Download an App. Since we're already on our phones so much, why not take up a digital journal or a mindfulness app to help give you a reminder to take a minute every day to feel grateful? There are so many gratitude and mindfulness apps out there now, it's easy to find! Our favorite for guided meditation is Headspace, you can set it to as low as 3 minutes a day if that's all you want to start with. The app is free to start with so many free meditations, or you can upgrade to get even more!  Other apps to help you journal or give you inspirational quotes every day are 'Grateful' and '365 Gratitude'. Both of these are free and give you daily prompts for you to think and write down in a journal or just to read over. They give you prompts such as "what are you looking forward to?" and you can even track your moods for the day. Add pictures of things you're grateful for each day, and you have your own scrapbook of memories and accomplishments! How cool to look back on when you're feeling down. We are setting a daily reminder on our phones to write down one thing we are grateful for for the month of November, we challenge you to do the same and see how you feel after one month! 

Would guys like an updated post in December on how our month of gratitude went? Let us know in the comments! Feel free to reach out to us too here or on social media and tell us how you're incorporating gratitude and how it's going! We want to know! 

 

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