Often times when we are super busy with work, our relationships, life in general for that matter, we can forget all the reasons that exist naturally to be grateful because we are not present in the moment. Some of us are making the mental list, others are writing it in their planner or on their iPhones, but while we are thinking about what is coming up and what needs to be done next we are more likely to miss the beauty right in front of us.

Practicing yoga can enable us to live in the present, if not all day at least during our time on our mats. But if we keep practicing we get better at living in the now and come to the realization we only have now. There is no past and there is no future. This truth can be so obvious that when you come to understand it, you wonder why you didn’t grasp it before. There is something utterly wonderful about the present moment. In the present moment, a great happiness can emerge. When you truly abide in the moment, not desiring to change reality, a kind of pure joy manifests, and it is from this condition that all our creative energy grows.
From this place of acceptance and love, you also feel truly grateful.

If you need a little inspiration this short film, by Louie Schwartzberg entitled Gratitude, also can help remind us that we should live today like it is our first day and as our last day… Click on either of the links below to enjoy the film, and see you in class!


Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices.

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