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Apr-2016

5 Ways that Yoga Can Improve Your Relationships

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1. Strength:
By empowering the physical body through yoga asanas, (postures), one develops a sense of humble confidence, courage and mental tenacity to overcome obstacles and the mind’s desire to quit.  Strength can be required to make new connections or friendships, to express yourself creatively or truthfully, and to stand up for what you know is right for you or your friend.

2. Flexibility:
An increase in the range of motion within the physical body through mindful yoga stretching, leads to a greater sense of ease in life and greater spaciousness of mind. In relationships, like hatha yoga practice, allow yourself to be flexible and surrender a bit, to listen, and learn to move with respect for the flow of energy.

3. Patience & Balance:
Showing up consistently for yoga practice, through life’s ups and downs, one can find harmony and balance. This takes practice, truthfulness, and patience. Some days one can feel naturally in tune and other days, frustrated, clumsy, disconnected, stagnant, or stuck.  Yoga helps us to return to center peacefully, starting in the physical body. These skills are useful in communication and the natural ups and downs of relationships. There is an ebb and flow in body, mind, and relationships that requires the metaphorical ability to ride the waves.

4. Awareness/Being Present:
Yoga practice is present-moment awareness, free of judgement.  Self acceptance with compassion leads to better presence in relationship with others and more acceptance of others too.

5.  Calm, Tension Reduction:
In yoga we practice increasing the flow of energy (vital life force), prana, and decreasing energy blocks and resistance.  It’s important to greet our relationships with the same approach and peaceful intention to create harmony and union, without clinging, expectation or attachment to results.

by Jane Lanza

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