Off the Mat Yoga

Come Back to Gratitude


The chill lounge in our yoga studio is home to Gratitude Fish. He’s a big ceramic cookie jar with a wide open mouth, ready to swallow up and keep safe your gratitude, wishes and love. Throughout our first year of business yogis penned messages to the Universe, each other, our teachers, friends and family. When 2016 was upon us, Gratitude Fish was emptied in hopes of symbolically making room to invite in all that serves our greater good.Holding all the messages everyone had penned, brought on a great sense of responsibility. I felt a need to uphold the sacred nature of these beautiful little notes. Yet when I held some of them, they almost begged to be shared. After much consideration, I went ahead and unfolded each piece of paper, carefully and respectfully. Messages of happiness, love, sickness, hope, healing and friendship, unfolded right before my eyes.




Covering names if they had been penned, I snapped pictures of each one to include in a book to leave in the chill lounge. Hopefully, it can serve as a reminder for all of us to come back to gratitude. Sometimes being a yoga studio owner is tough, really tough. Battling questions running through my head and self doubt, “Are the long hours worth it? Are all these sacrifices worth it? Do people even enjoy what we offer and share? Are they happy, healthy and better humans for having been in our studio?”




Then there are moments like the Gratitude Fish and I remember the answer will always be YES! Unequivocally YES, it will always be worth it. In 2016, when the stress begins to build and self doubt creeps in, I challenge you to remember your Gratitude Fish moment. Find thanks and way to move forward from whatever is presented this year. Unfold your magic by coming back to your gratitude.

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1 Comment

  1. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    March 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

    This is such a great idea! It’s a beautiful keepsake for your studio for everyone to look back on throughout the years. Having the gratitude fish hold all the folded pieces of paper from the beginning until the end of the calendar year is a visual reminder of all the things we have to be grateful for. I love this!

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