10 Ways Your Yoga Practice is Like a Serious Relationship

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Are you or have you ever been in a relationship? Do you practice yoga? If you answered yes to these two questions, then consider this: yoga and relationships have a lot in common. In fact, yoga is all about relationships. Relationships with ourselves, others, our beliefs, and the world in general.
Here are 10 ways your yoga practice is a lot like a serious relationship:

1. You’ll fall…hard.

Ever fallen from a headstand or handstand? Unless you practice in a padded room, it most likely hurt. Well, so does falling in love, lust, or like! We’ve all jumped too soon. The most important thing is that you learn to pick yourself up, brush it off and understand why it happened. We must move on because at some point it WILL all come together.


2. It’s work.

Of course yoga and your significant other shouldn’t feel like your day job, but at times that will certainly be the case. Years into a relationship, all the puppy love has subsided and him leaving the dryer door open for the 100th time is no longer cute. A yoga practice can get stale too, so make sure you’re mixing it up and keeping things fresh.


3. It’s thrilling.

All the moments you’ve had your heart skip a beat: being shaky and nervous on your first date, perhaps when he got down on one knee, or a simple unexpected surprise… It’s all very exciting! It’s also very thrilling to watch your yoga practice evolve and progress. When your body and mind become more limber, you watch with awe at what you’ve accomplished!


4. It’s enlightening.

Through yoga we find our center, we find balance, and it can be the most joyous feeling. Finding that perfect someone is just as euphoric. Having healthy love in your life can be incredibly balancing and nurturing. I think that’s why there are countless hopeless romantics and yogis in this world — we feel enlightened and more tuned-in with a regular yoga practice and a strong relationship.


5. It’s frustrating.

With any kind of relationship, there needs to be understanding. Understanding another human can be difficult – you won’t always see eye to eye. At times you may never fully comprehend why people do what they do. And try as you might, you may never be able to put your leg behind your head or balance on one hand. It’s okay – that just means there will always be something to challenge you. Simply understand that without the challenge, what’s the point?



6. It’s difficult sometimes.

Sometimes relationships can be a challenge. The arguments, the fighting, and in some cases, the break-ups. Then there’s yoga. Your yoga practice won’t always be easy. Sometimes, you’ll be challenged but the point is to see beyond that temporary hiccup, and keep moving forward in your commitment to the practice.


7. It’s a great form of exercise.

Building muscle and burning calories is the basis of exercise. It feels good to sweat and feel strong. Obviously yoga can melt away those calories, but let’s all think of what else burns calories…we could all use a little more ‘exercise’ if you know what I mean! (wink, wink)

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8. It’s humorous.

If you haven’t completely fell over laughing after a yoga mishap… well, you should. It’s important to be able to laugh at yourself, but it’s equally important to find someone to laugh with. Those that laugh together, stay together.


9. Sense of comfort.

Don’t we all strive to be completely comfortable in our own skin? When your relationship reaches that comfort zone, it is transported to an entirely different level. When your yoga practice teaches you to love and accept yourself on a deeper level, you’ve hit the sweet spot!


10. Mutual understanding.

You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. You take out the garbage because I’ve cooked you supper every night for the last year. With a consistent yoga practice, yoga will in turn nourish your body and soul. When you bring yourself to your mat each day, you will feel lighter, energized, and more capable in just about every aspect.

In life, we learn to balance ourselves and the world around us. In yoga, just as in relationships, we learn things about ourselves. Let the lessons of your yoga practice guide your relationships, and in turn, create relationships that harbor your yogi ideals. What’s your yoga and relationship parity? What has one taught you about the other? Please share in the comments below. To love and yoga!!

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Kelsey is a passionate writer, new yogi and lover of life. She believes in the power of positivity and all things good. Kelsey resides in Minnesota on her own little slice of paradise. Yes, there's paradise in Minnesota.


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