Yoga of Dating Part V: How Pratyahara Will Transform Your Dating From the Inside Out
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 dating. Well, look no further. And yes, we’ll bring it back to yoga once again.
Yoga is an almost 2000-year-old physical, emotional, and spiritual health practice that involves way more than holding an uncomfortable position for an extended amount of time while focusing on your breath. It is actually quite a bit more extensive and involves eight essential sutras of yoga.
Previously, I’ve made use of the first four sutras of yoga – involving how to treat others (Yama), how to treat oneself (Niyama), how to practice the postures (asana), and how to control your breath (pranayama) – to demonstrate how these same philosophies and disciplines can propel your dating experience from tedious to enjoyable.
The previous pieces on the Yoga of Dating may provide an even richer experience on how yoga philosophy can help your dating. However, if you are just tuning in, don’t fret, you can start here and explore continue reading...
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