Yoga and Relationships

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re interested in yoga. If you’re human, it’s likely that you’re interested in relationships. Through the blending of these two concepts we see that a regular yoga practice readily strengthens our relationships in all directions.

Sounds like magic, but how does it work? Well, like any good relationship it happens slowly and sometimes without conscious awareness. Simply by stepping in the front doors of a yoga studio, you’ve engaged in relationship. You and the space, you and the people, you and the concepts taught; all are relationships, whether you know it or not.

Next you are instructed through a series of movements with breath. These instructions become your practice; with which you now develop a relationship. Things are getting more involved….

Some days you hate your practice, some days you love it. Regardless about how you feel towards your practice, she is always there willing to meet you as you are and remind you how you are showing up today. This relationship is testing you, are you in for the long haul?

Time passes and you continue to meet yourself in practice. You meet your mind, your body and all the spaces in between as you are invited to become aware of yourself. Simply the process of moving, breathing and noticing illuminates the most primal relationship; the one that you hold with yourself.

Now you get to decide. Will you come back? How do you cultivate your practice? Are you interested to engage further and share other aspects of yourself with the community? There are no right or wrong answers, each person participates only to the level they desire. You may share only practice space, or you may decide to share more. Either way; you are now in relationship to your small community.

Every part of this puzzle is reflects the process of deepening relationships. Relation to practice, self and community. The entire production is a beautiful symphony of strengthening as each yogi walks their own path. Some call this process healing, due to the feeling of wholeness that is produced and we come to feel like we belong and are accepted. This is true resonance.

We live in communities for a reason, we were meant to relate. It is a first order need for us to feel a sense of safety and belonging. How wonderful it is that we can find this beginning with a simple movement practice such as yoga. The evidence is in the embracing of our relational space and the consequent creation of healthy relationships in body, mind and community.

Grace Davies