Thanksgiving and yoga go hand in hand. Thanksgiving is about gratitude and taking time to acknowledge all the beautiful and wondrous people and things that have touched your heart. Take time to reflect together on what gratitude truly means. Discuss how you can show your gratitude. Here are some yoga activities you can incorporate into family time.

Critical thinking questions may include: What does gratitude look like? What does gratitude sound like? What does gratitude feel like? Illustrating these can be helpful and lead to some great discussion about what being grateful truly means.

Gratitude Ball: In yoga we often use a “Gratitude Ball”. Start by establishing the agreement that the only person talking is the person with the gratitude ball. Simply pass the ball or chosen item around the table or circle where everyone is encouraged but not forced to share something they are grateful for.

 ABC Thanksgiving: Everyone goes around and says what they are thankful for and then does a corresponding yoga pose for the first letter of the word. If you do not know a yoga pose for that letter then make one up! Using your imagination is half the fun. Example 1: “I am thankful for my dog. Dog starts with D.” Everyone does downward facing dog. Example 2: “I am thankful for pumpkin pie. Pumpkin starts with P as in plank pose.” Everyone does plank pose or make up a pie pose.

Set the Table: Each person takes a turn being the table. Tables are strong and steady so steady you can balance thanksgiving dinner on them. Use fake food and plastic wear to “set the table”, then everyone “takes a seat” in chair pose. Take turns letting everyone be the table. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids has some great resources to add to your yoga fun and give you some pose ideas!

Gratitude Journal: This activity is a practice we do regularly in class and can be done all year long. Below are some suggested writing prompts.

Today I really enjoyed…

Today I helped…

___________________________ was kind to me.

Today I learned…

Today my favorite sight, sound, smell, taste or touch was…

One simple thing that made my day was…

Today my favorite sight, sound, smell, taste or touch was…

One simple thing that made my day was…