The incredible connection between yoga and love
Yoga has multiple purposes. Some of us use yoga as a way of deliberately focusing on our intentions and aspirations in a more meditative way. Others treat yoga as more transactional, complimenting and supporting exercise routines and regimes that need more stretching or muscle care. There are also those who practice for spiritual or religious reasons and are aligned to Buddhism or other religions with which yoga is associated with.
There is a universal benefit to yoga which doesn’t get talked about so much. It’s the reason that pretty much every style of yoga encompasses heart openers, poses that help us care and unify our bodies, or meditative states that encourage us to send positivity and peace out into the world. These features of yoga bring us closer to the thing we all crave – love.
The very art and act of practicing yoga allows us to make more emotional room to love others and be kinder to ourselves. It’s also incredibly beneficial for our physical health so that we can continue to be healthy for those we love. In essence, it’s the utmost expression of love and being loving.
Yoga also prioritises kinship, friendship and forging links – it’s not just about romantic intentions and learning to do weird and wonderful poses that we might want to try on our partners (although synchronised movements have oft-cited advantages and can be a form of non-verbal couple’s therapy – the best kind of date night if you ask us) either. Connections can be to the world around us, to nature, to our surroundings or simply to the present, all of which support our interpretation and the manifestation of love. In tandem, yoga contributes to greater patience and compassion, core characteristics of acting with love and being loved, which radiate out into our relationships and permeates our inner voice.
This Valentine’s Day, whether our priority is self-love, feeling loved or being more loving, let’s make time for yoga. Flowers and chocolates are great, but for long-lasting feelings, yoga is the best gift we can give.