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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. Let’s face it: for an activity that’s supposed to lead to romance, leading to love then leading to blissful lifelong companionship and a person to die with (like in The Notebook), dating can seem unfairly excruciating. You feel nervous, vulnerable and uncomfortable at first, and that’s when you’re lucky enough to meet somebody who seems like a real contender.

Then once you have gotten to know the person a little better, you feel more comfortable in your own skin, and next to their skin. You start to let down your defenses. You can take off your social mask and let down your hair as you become more and more vulnerable with this special someone. You let them into your world.

The same is true for yoga postures. When you first attempt a posture, you feel uncomfortable, Continue Reading

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