The benefits of yoga are numerous and supported by science. It reduces stress, relieves anxiety, helps bring down inflammation and it could even be beneficial for heart health. Speaking of the heart, can yoga also be beneficial in the social aspects of life? Could it help us learn more about love and make dating a better process?
Yoga can teach valuable lessons about love. Through my practice, I’ve reached the following conclusions.
Yoga Teaches Self-Love
Successful dating and fulfilling love life are dependent on several things. Self-love happens to be the most important one.
You’ve probably heard the saying “if you can’t love yourself, how the heck you’re going to love somebody else.” It’s true. You have to believe that you’re deserving of love in order to find a meaningful, respectful relationship. In the absence of self-appreciation, even membership for the best dating site on the face of the planet isn’t going to cut it.
Yoga shows you the biggest strengths and weaknesses in your possession. While the first one is to be appreciated, you can rely on the practice to address your shortcomings, become stronger and more appreciative of what you can do.
Forget about Your Ego
Some yoga practices can be taken into the realm of dating.
There’s no room for your ego when you show up to a yoga studio and you start practicing. The same applies to a meaningful relationship. Too much ego can quickly contribute to a toxic environment that nobody would thrive in.
A little bit of humbleness can go a long way in yoga and in love. Be appreciative of what you have and of the people in your life. Acknowledge their contributions for your wellbeing. Learn to say “thank you” and “I am sorry.” Mastering these simple things can lead to much more harmonious life, I guarantee!
Yoga and Unity
Yoga teaches us that we’re one with the universe. It’s a very powerful expression of the unity concept – a concept that can easily be extended to the realm of relationships.
There’s an interesting dichotomy in the practice. Yoga recognizes and values individuality and individual contributions. At the same time, it shows every single practitioner that we’re all a tiny speck of dust in the grand scheme of things.
The concept of unity and a bit of individualism is highly romantic in its very essence. We are all connected while also maintaining our individual quirks, desires, dreams, and shortcomings.
When it comes to love, individual contributions have to be valued while a couple is perceived as one whole. This is a beautiful notion that can turn into a life philosophy and the key to a romantic relationship.
Love Requires Trust
Practicing yoga for a broken heart is a great idea. It can be an especially empowering and thought-provoking exercise if you do it with a partner.
When partnering with someone to do specific poses, you have to put a lot of trust in them. The same goes for a relationship.
After some heartache and a few romantic disappointments, it could become difficult or nearly impossible to trust in potential partners. Trust and vulnerability, however, are absolutely essential. Yoga teaches you to let go of the past, to trust your partner and to cooperate in order to achieve something. Can you see just how empowering these concepts can be in the world of romantic encounters?
Maintain Integrity in Your Love Life
Integrity is integral to yoga practice. Yoga is about being honest, having strong moral principles and integral consistency. It is a philosophy and a spiritual practice that’s heavily focused on principles, values, morals, ethics, and discipline.
All of these can apply to one’s love life.
Treating others with consistency and integrity will invite reciprocation. If you’re not really into someone and the chemistry isn’t there, you can let them go gently (potentially maintaining a friendship as a result?). In a world of quick hookups and ghosting, treating others gently and honestly can do wonders for all kinds of relationships.
Be straightforward when communicating what you want and how you feel. Love isn’t a mind game, regardless of the fact that many people treat it this way. The end result is unnecessarily complicated and painful for everyone involved.
Yoga helped me date better while I was single and it also contributed to more meaningful romantic relationships. Its teachings are a reflection of the values that play a role in just about every aspect of life.
If you’re not successful in love, take some time for retrospection. Looking inside and analyzing your actions can be painful but it will provide some essential information about damaging patterns or repeat behaviors. Armed with this knowledge, self-love and a better understanding of what you need, you can start working towards that “happily ever after.”