These are just a few of the ways that yoga and gratitude journaling have helped me become more positive.

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Quieting my mind

Some days it's harder to think of what I'm grateful for...some days I don't want to let myself think about it at all,

because I'm so upset about a certain thing, that I let it suck out all my energy, mentally and physically.

Especially if you're going through a hard time at school or maybe a break-up, it's so easy to get sucked into this endless cycle of negative thinking.

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But to change this cycle of thinking into something more positive, I try to think of one to three things to be grateful for every day.

Even if its only the air in my lungs, the warmth of the sun in the morning, or having the spare time to set aside to
do some exercise, there's always going to be something.

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You just have to find that something and push on until you don't even have to think about it.

And when it comes to journaling, don't be afraid to get creative with it!

The more fun you have filling it out, the more likely you are to keep up with it!

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Keeping a gratitude journal has definitely increased my patience and caused me to be more open, less quick to judgement, and more present in my life.

The Relationship Between Physical Strength + Mental Strength

Sometimes I'm in the mood for a structured class, because the channel that I follow - Fightmaster Yoga - is really good about having classes based around certain themes,

like quick 10-15 minute classes, yoga for flexibility, or yoga for happiness.

But on days when I don't want to follow an organized class, I'll just turn on some music and run through all the poses I'm currently working on.

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It's really satisfying to work on the new poses and slowly begin to master them, at my own pace.
No distractions, no one watching. It's just me and the mat.

If you get in the right head-space, it's also a good time to think about what's going on in your life, or even to think about nothing at all.

I love yoga, because even if you haven't reached the goals you've set for yourself yet,

you still feel like you're gaining either progress or inner peace - or both!

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And unlike some other hobbies, it's easier to focus on improvement, because its less about comparing yourself to others and more about building on what you've already accomplished.

That's why it's one of my favorite ways to gain balance and perspective, and I always come out of it feeling better than I did before.

My Yoga Flow Playlist:

Are You In - Incubus,
Gooey - Glass Animals
Toes - Glass Animals
Season 2 Episode 3 - Glass Animals
Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

Thanks for reading, and let me know if you'd like to see more on this topic!

- Natasha