Ep 101 Tenacious Gratitude 90 min Level 2 Yoga Class

by Elsie on November 24, 2013

Intermediate free audio yoga class with a Thanksgiving Theme

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Tenacious Gratitude

Thoughts?

I can tell you mine.

Tenacious didn’t quite feel “right” with me.

I felt that being tenacious was not something I aspired to be.

It’s too rough.

Too hard.

Too pushy.

Too manly.

I imagined the quintessential football player, the one that just stampedes over the competition regardless of anything else, bulldozing through pain, through obstacles, through physical harm – Raaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

I’m not that.

In fact, it kinda repulsed me.

I didn’t want to be known as tenacious.

And then I was introduced to Adeline Arjad from Chocbite by my awesome-sauce business powerhouse Erika Lyremark. Adeline said:

“Tenaciousness + Gratitude = Success”

And then it made sense.

This larger than life word that I had chosen not to align with at all, became more than my subjective cultural upbringing and life experience.

I let the word be.

Tenacious: not easily stopped or pulled apart. Firm. Strong. Seeking something valued or desired. Continuing for a LONG time.

Synonyms – devoted, faithful, relentless.

I recognized that I pushed away tenaciousness because I was afraid to commit and follow through.

Tenacious requires a deep, unwavering commitment to the things that you value and dream and I wasn’t willing to go that far.

I wanted an out. I wanted excuses. I didn’t want to do the work – not fully.

What if it didn’t work out?

What if what I stood behind or for changed?

What if I had to defend publicly what I stood for?

What if…
…..I failed?

I’m ready now – because of the magic of gratitude.

You simply cannot be tenacioustenacioustenacious.

It’s unsustainable.

With gratitude thrown in the mix you’ve got a recipe for unwavering magic making.

Gratitude refuels and replenishes.

OMG this was perhaps the biggest lesson that I’ve learned.

Gratitude is like doing a personal and spiritual detox.

It’s like drinking and eating your greens. It’s the fastest way to clear out the cruft left by the fire of tenacity.

I’m ready to embody tenacity. I’m ready to fuel it with the nectar of gratitude.

Do you want to join me?

How about practicing along and letting me know how tenacity mixed with gratitude felt in your body? Yeay or nay?

Download the FREE Audio Yoga Class and practice along!


Thanksgiving Yoga Class Sequence

Sukhasana with arms up

Sukhasana with arms interlaced over head

sukhasana_parvatasana_arms

Hands and knees

Downward Facing Dog/One Legged Downward Facing Dog

one legged downward facing dog with hips squared

Lunge/Lunge with arms forward/hasta padangustasana variation/Lunge


uttanasana/ardha uttanasana

Plank – top of a push up/down one inch

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Top of a push up

Down one inch

Downward Facing Dog/One Legged Downward Facing Dog

one legged downward facing dog with hips squared

Lunge/Lunge with arms forward/hasta padangustasana variation/Lunge

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

Tadasasana

3 half suns

Plank

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Sun salutation



Crescent pose/standing splits variation/crescent

Plank

Chattarunga

Plank

Downward Facing Dog

Crescent pose/standing splits variation/crescent pose

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Tadasana

Arms interlaced behind the back

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Vira 2

warrior II

Plank on top of feet/cobra (the image below is of Chattarunga on top of feet)

chattarunga dandasana on tops of the feet

Humble warrior

Parsvakonasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Parsvakonasana variation with arm on the inside of the leg and top arm straight up

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Garundasana on your back

Sumo wrestler eagle

Uttanasana

Deep lunge Chattarunga Arms

deep Lunge with Chattarunga Arms front view Deep Lunge with Chattarunga Arms Back View

Hands and knees dog peeing pose

Downward Facing Dog with leg out to the side

Child’s pose

Deep lunge with arm beneath the leg

Head Behind the Knee front view Deep Lunge with Head behind the knee back view

Salambasana with arms behind

Pigeon

Downward Facing Dog

Lunge with thigh stretch

Pigeon with thigh stretch

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana with a thigh stretch

Urdhva dhanurasana x 3  

Downward Facing Dog

On your back

Easy supine twist

Tadasana

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Gaby December 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

Great post! Thanks for the invitation to contemplate tenacity. It wasn’t until the last few years that I began to understand tenacity as being UNSTOPPABLE–which, of course, is an awesome quality! I think it’s very real for some to be tenacious without the aggression and instead be filled with gratitude for what already IS. 🙂 Sounds like a mighty combination.

I too have struggled with follow through and committing to certain things. Mostly, I suffer from DISTRACTION. This is why I need a visual reminder (i.e. vision board) to remind me of what I truly desire, instead of reacting only to the immediate.

Congratulations on your Las Vegas speaking engagement!!!! Wish I could go! XOXO

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Kim December 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

Since this is a class about gratitude, I hope you know my thank you is imbued with so much more. Thank you, Elsie!

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♥Sexy Yoga School♥ June 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Just like what Kim said, let me thank you for the effort you have done to share this to us. Now I’m off to do this sequence!

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