As Thanksgiving nears, I wanted to share with you a guest post from travel expert, Kendra Thornton. Although Kendra’s bio describes an accomplished woman in the field of travel and hospitality, she knows a few things about keeping herself mentally and physically balanced through the use of yoga. Because we focus on the importance of all moms pursuing their personal interests, talents, or ambitions here at IMC, Kendra and I thought it would be fun for her to share her love and passion for yoga and how it “feeds” her as we are likely to be feasting and giving thanks for what (and who) we love this coming holiday.
Here now is Kendra.
Yoga and Thanksgiving: A Time to Be Grateful and ‘Om in the Home’
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It embodies the idea of giving back and instills a sense of gratitude in all of us. Yoga, which plays a huge role in my life, promotes that same feeling of appreciativeness. Because Thanksgiving and yoga revolve around the same concept of thankfulness, I thought it would be fun to combine the two topics into one piece about what yoga and the Pilgrims have taught me!
1. Staying Strong in your Faith: The way in which the Pilgrims left everything behind to seek religious freedom in America is an inspiration. Similarly, yoga helps me to stay grounded in my faith. When things get hectic, I am grateful for yoga, as it allows me to connect with myself and find peace and relaxation especially during the hectic holiday season on top of being a mom to three rambunctious kids!
2. Traveling Towards Freedom: As if it wasn’t hard enough to leave their homes behind, the Pilgrims took a risk voyaging across the Atlantic to the New World. Uncertain about what the mysterious waters would bring, the Pilgrims had to be ready for anything as the Mayflower made its way to America. Like the Pilgrims, travel has been a big part of my life and career. I’ve come to learn that no matter where you are, you can practice yoga. For example, I once stayed at a hotel in Orlando that offered rooftop yoga at sunrise—it was incredible!
3. Overcoming Fear: When the Pilgrims landed in the New World they faced many hardships. The first winter in America was unbearable, leaving more than half of the English settlers dead as a result of poor nutrition and harsh living conditions. Yoga focuses on trusting your body in order to overcome fear and physical hardship. Just like the Pilgrims fought to overcome their difficult new circumstances, I struggled to break certain yoga poses because of the fear that I would fall or hurt myself. After practicing and learning to listen to my body, I was able to succeed and grow.
4. Community and Education: When the Pilgrims got settled in their new colony the native inhabitants taught them to plant crops, catch fish, and hunt. The new settlers had to learn and adapt in order to survive. In the same way that the Pilgrims had to learn new skills, yoga classes are filled with people who are learning and working towards a similar goal. I learn something new about myself every day through practicing yoga.
5. Gratitude: In 1621, the Pilgrims famously shared their harvest feast with the Pokanokets. Today, the Pilgrims are a symbol of thankfulness. Yoga also represents gratitude. It is not just about practicing on the mat; yoga has taught me how to be grateful in my everyday life. Just as Thanksgiving promotes gratitude, yoga encourages me to have a deep appreciation for life and for myself.
The holidays can be such a time of joy and creating fabulous memories, but they can also be somewhat chaotic and stressful. So, lets take what we learned from the Pilgrims and create your own practice with ‘Om in the Home’ this season! Center yourself, relax, and focus on what you are truly grateful for. Happy Holidays!
Kendra Thornton, Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3.I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy! (Bio provided by Kendra Thornton). Kendra is an expert on travel, having been the Director of Corporate Communications at Orbitz prior to founding Thornton Public Relations in 2005.
THANK YOU KENDRA!
And finally, at a time when everyone is heading home for the holiday, or staying home to host it, I want to take a quick minute to remind all of you that motherhood is a journey full of all kinds of surprises. We can’t always predict what’s going to happen along our travels, but we can prepare ourselves with good information, important essentials, and a great attitude. Above and beyond this, I want to reinforce the idea that mom must always come “home” to herself, especially as the tugs on her time, energy, and attention abound from so many different directions. “Home” is that core within each woman, where she feels comfortable, familiar to herself, and congruent with those things in life that matter most to her. Happy Thanksgiving!