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Gratitude by Scott Willis

In my Hits the Spot Yoga classes, we enrich our practice by focusing on a particular theme for each season, often doing a 2-3 minute contemplation of a quote or an excerpt from an article or book that offers a certain take on the theme.

In the Fall, our theme is gratitude/savoring. In the Winter, it’s forgiveness/lovingkindness. In the Spring, we focus on mindfulness. And in the Summer, we practice contentment/fun.

It’s Fall (at least for a little while longer), and I want to say that among the many aspects of my life for which I’m grateful, one particular area stands out today: I’m very thankful for the folks that come here to practice and study yoga with me. They are very bright, kindhearted folks who fully feel their humanity, and have great senses of humor.

I find gratitude to be a very inspiring point of view, one that I would like to continue to cultivate. I also find it challenging to dwell there for very long.

That’s why I consider gratitude (and, for that matter, forgiveness, lovingkindness, mindfulness and contentment) a practice. Like anything, when I practice something, I’m more apt to experience the desired outcome more often, and gratitude is no exception.

These days, we begin our classes with a short gratitude contemplation,  bringing into our field of attention someone for whom we feel grateful or something for which we feel grateful, breathing deeply down into the belly and cultivating that feeling state of gratitude.

Doing this makes it more likely that I’ll do it in my daily life, stopping for three minutes or so, taking a few deep breaths, and saying to myself, “I feel so grateful for  ____________ .”

I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that life can be very challenging at times. And when I’m able to remember to practice gratitude, forgiveness, lovingkindness and contentment, I often find a degree of freedom even in challenging times.

I’m very thankful that I found yoga 30 years ago. I’ve been practicing it, and all its many wonderful aspects, with great love and appreciation ever since. What a gift it is to all of us.

To learn about how gratitude cultivates and supports the experience of joy, go to the YouTube clip of Brene Brown talking with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday. It’s six minutes that could change your life! It sure did that for me.

 

 

About Scott Willis & Hits the Spot Yoga

Scott Willis, M. Ed. is the founder and director of Hits The Spot Yoga at The Yoga Center at Solar Hill in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Scott has been teaching yoga and related mindbody classes and workshops for 30 years, including 25 years as the lead instructor for Hits The Spot Yoga at The Yoga Center at Solar Hill in Brattleboro, Vermont. For the past 7 years, he has also served as director and lead instructor for the Hits The Spot Yoga 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs.

Known for his friendly, compassionate style of teaching, Scott’s primary influences are Anusara, Kripalu, Iyengar Style, and Insight Meditation. He incorporated techniques from all of them in developing the unique Hits the Spot Yoga style and yoga curriculum.

His intention is to create an oasis for students where they can truly enjoy exploring the art and science of yoga.

A Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative

Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro, VT.

Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro, VT.

Rejuvenate your Practice and Reconnect with Yourself in a Day-long Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative, Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Hits the Spot Yoga Fall/Winter Semester

Hits the Spot Yoga Center, Brattleboro, Vermont

This benefit/retreat at Hits the Spot Yoga is intended both for beginners and those who have experience with yoga. It will introduce newcomers, in a very friendly way, to yoga practices that can easily be incorporated into daily life, and it will renew and strengthen the practice of more experienced participants.

Joshua Davis, special guest, Hits the Spot Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative

Joshua Davis

All proceeds will be donated to Groundworks Collaborative. Special guest Joshua Davis, Executive Director, will make a short presentation about the local non-profit whose mission is to provide basic needs with dignity. Groundworks Collaborative was established in 2015 following the merger of two well-established organizations: the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

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Hits the Spot Yoga Founder/Director Scott Willis is known for his compassionate style of teaching. He is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance, and enthusiastically leads yoga classes, trainings and benefit/retreats throughout New England. Scott has been leading yoga since 1989.

Scott Willis, Hits the Spot Yoga

Hits the Spot Yoga Founder/Director, Scott Willis

Contact Hits the Spot Yoga to hold your space in this retreat: scott-willis@comcast.net

 

Hits the Spot Gratitude

These are extraordinarily challenging times, and it’s important to remember–in terms of yoga–that we have many tools for self care, and caring for each other…and for remembering our connection to “something larger and deeper,” however that might manifest for each of us:

Yoga poses
Breathwork
Chanting
Gratitude practice
Forgiveness practice
Lovingkindness practice
Meditation/Prayer
Guided contemplations
Study
Good work
Peaceful activism

May we continue to grow in our love and respect for ourselves and each other, and use these practices as support.

Scott

Scott Willis, Hits the Spot Yoga
November 2016