I Am Thankful Yoga.

Via Alanna Zabel
on Nov 23, 2010
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Mantra: I Am Thankful
Exercise: Camel Pose

Alanna Zabel in Camel Pose

Camel pose stretches the front of the body including the chest, abdomen, and quadriceps.  It improves your spinal flexibility, as well as opening your heart center.


1. Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width apart.  Make padding under your knees if they are sensitive.  Your thighs will make a ninety degree angle with the floor in your initial positioning.  Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor as your base anchor.

2. Draw your hands to your lower back, with the bases of your palms on the tops of your buttocks, with your fingers pointing down.  Inhale and lift your heart by pressing the shoulder blades against your back ribs.

3. If you feel enough of a stretch, remain in this position.  If you feel that you need more of a challenge, reach your hands back one at a time to grasp your ankles or heels.

4. Press your hips forward so that they are over your knees.

5. Let your head lift and drop back moderately, opening your throat.

6. Stay in this pose anywhere from thirty seconds to one minute. Feel your heart open and full.  Repeat in your mind “I Am Thankful”.  Count the many reasons in which you are thankful, or simply embrace the essence of gratitude.  To exit, return your hands to your lower back if you have reached further towards your feet. Inhale and lift the head and torso up.  Lead with your heart as you come back to starting position.  Sit back on your heels and rest for a few breaths.

7.  Repeat steps 1-6 once or twice more.

In light of our American Holiday, Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to cultivate sincere gratitude.  Consciously feeling the power of gratitude opens our consciousness to receiving.

Think of a time when you gave something to someone, and they expressed sincere gratitude for your gift.  Didn’t it make you want to give more?  Now imagine a time when you offered a gift to someone who appeared ungrateful, or even outright rejected your gift.  It probably made you second guess your gift as well as restrain from gifting that person again.

The acts of Giving and Receiving are inseparable.  When you are in a sincere state of gratitude, you are also in a state of acceptance and harmony. You resonate a frequency which will then attract to you the events, conditions, and circumstances that your heart desires.

Today, please count your endless blessings.  Be grateful for your health, whatever state your health is in.  Be grateful for you family, your friends, your work, your hobbies, your pets, your creativity, your unique face, your unique voice, your life experiences, your home, your personal possessions, etc. etc. etc.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  – John F. Kennedy


About Alanna Zabel

Alanna Zabel is the founder of AZIAM Yoga. She is passionate about spirituality, health, wellness and fitness. In addition to her Ashtanga, Iyengar and Chopra Yoga certifications, Alanna is both a certified fitness and Pilates instructor. She leads yoga and fitness retreats nationally and internationally, including Yoga Detox retreats, Surf/Yoga retreats and Seva Retreats. Alanna focuses all of her work on the personal self-realization of those she is working with. She holds a double BA in Psychology & Child Development with a minor in Theatre & Dance from the University at Buffalo and is currently working towards her Masters degree. Alanna is the author of As I Am: Where Spirituality Meets Reality has written and illustrated seven children's books, including The Seven Doors, a children's book teaching Deepak Chopra’s, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Outside the studio and off the mat, Alanna is the designer of AZIAM Active Wear. Alanna has been featured in Self, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Yoga Fit, People, Life & Style, Harper's Bazaar, Details, Martha Stewart's Whole Living and C - California Style magazines, as well several yoga & fitness productions. For more information on Alanna, please view her website at aziam.com.


2 Responses to “I Am Thankful Yoga.”

  1. Thank you for this wonderful Thanksgiving blog, Alanna.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

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