The Yoga of Dating (Part I): The Five Yamas
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 ethical principles, yogis (practitioners of yoga) also hold to a philosophy or principles which guide their practice.
As a yogi might tell you, yoga doesn’t just happen on the yoga mat. From what I am learning as an amateur yogi, yoga happens with every breath one takes. Yoga is a life practice, a way of being in the world, physically as well as emotionally, spiritually and socially.
As one of yoga’s early founders, Patanjali, outlined nearly 1,700 years ago, there are eight limbs to the path of yoga, which together are called Yoga Sutra. These eight limbs outline a moral code of conduct, principles of health and spirituality. The eight sutras include, Yama (abstinence or treatment of others), Niyama (observance or treatment of self), Asana (postures), Pranyama (breath control), Pratyahara (turning awareness inside), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (contemplation, absorption or super-conscious state).
Well, fine and dandy. But how does yoga relate to dating, you might ask? Read More...
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