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501 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60610

(630) 803-7157

Welcome to Gratitude Yoga! Gratitude Yoga offers yoga and yoga-fusion based classes. Gratitude’s classes support the entire client spectrum from first time students to experienced yogis. All are welcome! Bring your mat and meet new people in the Chicago community by taking yoga classes at the All About Dance studio located between Old Town and Lincoln Park! 

OFF THE MAT

5 things to do everyday...that don't cost a thing!

Lisa Scurlock


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Improving your life doesn't mean you have to break the bank. There are a number of things I love to do, that can turn my frown upside down and make the day one to remember. Here are 5 of my favorites that I try do everyday off the mat.

 

5 THINGS TO DO EVERYDAY...THAT DON'T COST A THING!

1. SMILE. For a reason or for no reason at all. Just flex the muscles. 

2. FORGIVE YOURSELF FOR YESTERDAY'S MISTAKES. We all make mistakes, it's part of being human. In fact, sometimes we should give ourselves permission to make more mistakes. When we make mistakes we learn and grow. Make mistakes and then forgive yourself.

3. BREATHE. Taking long deep breaths in and out can shift a "bad day" to a "good day".

4. GO TO BED EARLY. There is such a thing as beauty rest. You cannot cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Being tired makes it more difficult to be happy. 

5. EXPRESS GRATITUDE. Stop comparing yourself with others on things you don't have and start recognizing all the things you do have. Practicing gratitude will make life better for everyone around you and will make you a better person.


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I am not going to lie, with these things that don't cost a thing there are definitely ways to enhance the experience. 

 

It is always easier to smile when our lips are happy. This lipstick is my latest obsession. Also I always have some type of lip moisturizer on me at all times. 

 

I love to shower and do some of my best self reflecting under water. Forgive yourself, cleanse yourself, rinse away the day and enjoy shower time!

 

Breathe in, breathe out. From candles, to my essential oil diffuser, to my favorite coffee and food, my smeller is in use all the time. Be grateful for your sense of smell and take a moment to breathe.

 

More pillow time please. I struggle with number four a lot. My goal is always to go to bed early, however it doesn't happen every evening.  But when it does, man does it make a difference of how I feel. My fiancé and I just invested in these cooling pillows and they are legit! We highly recommend them. 

 

When was the last time you shopped your closet? Listened to all your vinyls? Went through all the food in your fridge and pantry? We are all consumers and we all want more. But when is enough enough? Notice the things you do have that a lot of people don't have. Stop comparing, start recognizing and practice gratitude off the mat.

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