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Yoga of Dating Part V: How Pratyahara Will Transform Your Dating From the Inside Out

Yoga of Dating

Do any of the following descriptions remind you of your own dating experiences? 

“A cobb salad, some yummy ingredients, but a whole lot of lettuce underneath.” “Horrifying.”
“An assembly line of the same ole’ thing in a slightly different package.”  

Yes, unfortunately, these are real-world depictions of singles’ experiences out in the dating world.  Dating is full of funny stories, romantic gestures, and in some cases, a whole lot of frustration. As a Denver therapist, I coach clients through a wide array of dating experiences.

If you are like the people I encounter in my work, you are looking for a better way, a healthier way, and a more mindful way to approach ...

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The Yoga of Dating (Part IV): Pranayama

Couple meditating

Is dating as easy as breathing? Hardly. Dr. Kristen Hick discusses how in order to date well and create healthy relationships, one must master Pranayama.

Yoga

In yoga, an almost 2000-year-old physical, emotional and spiritual health practice, breathing is an essential component. In fact, it is one of eight essential sutras of yoga.

In past blogs, I have made use of the first three sutras of yoga—involving how to treat others (yama), how to treat oneself (niyama), and how to practice the postures (asana)—to demonstrate how these same philosophies and disciplines can be extremely helpful in navigating the potentially loaded minefield we call modern dating.

Yoga & Dating

Dating can be hard. ...

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The Yoga of Dating (Part III): Asana – Date Worthy Postures

Yoga of Dating

To grow in a relationship with another, you must also grow in multiple directions and stay balanced.

This is advice I regularly share with clients as a Denver relationship therapist and dating coach.

Asana refers to the physical practice that most people think of when they think of yoga, but, as you’ll see, it also provides a helpful model for thinking about how we lean in (or out) of new relationships.

The word “asana” originally referred to the art of sitting still, and since has been applied to positioning and holding oneself in various positions. Doing so is designed to bring forth meditation, enhance flexibility of body and mind and cultivate well-being in ...

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The Yoga of Dating (Part I): The Five Yamas

Yoga of Dating

The Yoga of Dating

Have you ever wished that someone would outline a few universal rules for dating? Rules that made the exciting, nerve-racking, fun-but-mysterious process of dating a little more clearly defined? A set of rules that others were sworn by oath to follow in order to gain clearance to ask that certain someone out on a date?

If so, you’re not alone. A set of rules would likely make the process more enjoyable and less confusing and disappointing, at least in some ways. I witness this desire for rules daily as a Denver dating coach and relationship therapist.

Rules to Practice

Just as physicians take a Hippocratic oath, and psychologists follow certain ...

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The Yoga of Dating (Part II): The Five Niyamas

A couple doing yoga poses on the beach

Niyamas of Yoga and Dating

The five niyamas outline the principles in which how we should treat ourselves. 

Remember what I said about wanting a set of rules to guide dating experiences? Not only would it benefit you to adhere to the five yamas (how to treat others), but to date well, you need to be a good date. To do so, it is helpful to be in right mental space to date. 

The Five Niyamas of Dating

1. Saucha

Purity. What is the first thing people typically do to prepare for a date? You got it—most people get their hair cut, nails done and pick out an outfit that will best ...

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