Through the practice of empowering the physical body with yoga asanas, (postures), one also develops a sense of courage and confidence and mental tenacity to overcome obstacles and the desire to quit. Sometimes it requires strength to make new connections or friendships, to express yourself creatively or truthfully, or to stand up for what you know is right for you or your friend.
An increase in the range of motion within the physical body through mindful yoga stretching, leads to expanded perspective, a greater sense of ease in life and in general and spaciousness of mind. It’s important to remain connected to your own strength and balance in relationships, but like yoga, allow yourself to be flexible and surrender a bit, listen, learn to move with the flow while staying true to yourself.
3. Patience & Balance:
Through yoga, showing up consistently through life’s ups and downs, we learn that finding harmony and balance takes practice, truthfulness, and patience. Some days one can feel naturally in tune and other days, 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.
4. Awareness/Being Present:
Through yoga we practice present-moment awareness free of judgement. When we can learn to accept ourselves as we are, and to acknowledge whatever is coming up for us with compassion- it becomes easier to do this with others too.
5. Calm, Reducing Tension:
In yoga we learn to practice increasing the flow of energy, 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.
By Jane Jarecki Lanza