by: Denise-Davis Gains, Atlas Studio Owner
Looking to improve your relationship? There is nothing like partner yoga to hold a mirror up to relationship challenges. In one of my 1st partner yoga classes I remember the instructor asking us to sit back to back and breath. I wiggled, he squirmed, and we settled into a position that we could tolerate. All the while I am thinking, “I wish he would relax and then I could relax.” I was tense and trying to be supportive, but felt somewhat disconnected.
Those of you who are savvy to the psychobabble of relationship therapy know that I was exhibiting classic enabling behavior. “If you are ok, I am ok.” That may not be your particular relationship poison but it was mine. This exercise was a big ‘ah ha’ moment for me. When integrating this particular activity the teacher guided us through an exploration of felt senses and an awareness of relationship connections.
Given the space and guidance to discover how I was feeling, a profound realization came over me as I recognized how I was doing this same thing in many of my primary relationships.
Great benefits can be found in the simple, personal practice of yoga. Just becoming aware of self and how you feel can deeply affect the ability to communicate love and our personal needs to our life partners, our children and our closest friends. We can wake up to the relationships that are nurturing and begin to recognize those that are zapping us of essential life energy, potentially bringing more love to both. Yoga can create an awareness of space, between each breath, between the incessant thoughts of the mind and between polar opposites of feeling and expression.
How is this possible? Yoga invites us to practice waking up, becoming conscious.
This ancient practice encourages responding to the world and not reacting to it and gives us the tools to accomplish this astonishingly complex task. Less anger and resentment can
lead to more love and compassion.
Can yoga improve your libido (sex drive)?
The practice of yoga asanas, postures or exercises, move the body in such a way as to stimulate the endocrine system. This is the system of glands and hormones and is
involved in the way we respond to the world.
Balanced hormonal secretion will help to keep the nerve endings coated in the special formulas that ensure that we feel warm and fuzzy as opposed to anxious and distracted. Sex is much more likely to happen when we are feeling relaxed and safe.
Pranayama or breathing exercises stimulate the elixir of happiness and contentment. By
encouraging the movement of the intercostal muscles (the muscles between the ribs) the
endocrine system is stimulated. More good happy drugs enter the system like, endorphins and we feel good. Many activities can do this, yoga just does it consciously.
Couples who practice yoga together report that they feel more connected to themselves and each other. If you have been feeling disconnected from your partner find a teacher that you can both relate to and get on the mat together. You might find that you are experiencing more intimacy very soon. Maybe we could also agree that seeing our guy or girl in hot yoga pants certainly doesn’t hurt!
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What do you have in common with elite athletes, movie stars and top bonds tradesmen? Hot yoga pants! Anyone can walk into Lululemon and don a pair of the hottest yoga pants in town and show up on the yoga mat for practice. You can join the Uber-fit, go-getting professionals in what they have discovered to be life changing practice of yoga.
In other words…hot yoga pants is to work efficiency as PB is to J!
The practice of yoga can help you to be at your best any day of the week. The practice of yoga, especially wearing your favorite yoga pants will help you to become the best version of you possible. The practice of yoga can help you shine like a star as it strengthens the body, mind and spirit. In strengthening the container – the physical body – the ability to manage a variety of experiences is enhanced. Mind, body and spirit are interconnected, when improving the condition of one, all benefit.
Yoga is more than a hot trend on every city street in North America. It is an ancient tradition of practices and philosophical ideas that have evolved from a need to sit more comfortably.
Yoga creates ease in daily activities, mental equanimity and a clean, clear-minded, balanced place for spirit. Some work environments and boardroom mind games lead to toxic build up and the practice of yoga is one proven method to remove the physical toxins, free the mind from unhealthy thought patterns and begin to understand self. This physical, mental and spiritual practice can decrease stress and increase effectiveness at work in many ways.
Yoga improves physical effectiveness at work, especially for those who use their body in a physical form of work from typing to road construction. The asanas, the physical postures of yoga, strengthen the body, tone muscles, stimulate circulatory, nervous and endocrine (glands/hormones) systems of the body as they improve bone density and increase the oxygenation of every single cell in the body.
According to a study at University Hospital, Oslo, Norway, physically stressed professionals and everyday workers who practice yoga regularly have a stronger immune system. A more resilient constitution means calling in sick less frequently, performing duties without pain or interruption and increased stamina to get through the day.
Business leaders are learning how the physical practice of yoga gives them a competitive edge. You do not have to get to a big metropolis or a far away yoga retreat to benefit from the practice of yoga.
If your work environment is mentally challenging, yoga can be a wonderful method of sharpening the mind. Yoga improves mental concentration, increases cognition and alleviates the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Many executives find that a regular practice of yoga asanas, attention to breath and exploring meditation are essential elements to climbing the corporate ladder.
Meditation can be done anywhere and will improve effectiveness at work by giving the practitioner space to integrate life and work. During meditation practitioners often experience quantum leaps in consciousness that provide elusive business solutions.
Emotional healing and the increased self-awareness can result from taking the time to care for self through a regular yoga practice. This will help with the ability to relate and communicate with others.
Yoga is an excellent method to improve effectiveness at work. To get started, find a teacher that you are comfortable with, read a book or watch a video. Find a starting place that makes sense to you. Then: practice; go to class; meditate and yes, if it helps you to feel the part, get those hot yoga pants!
Notice what happens. As an experiment, try not telling anyone about your choice to practice. Observe how it feels to have a secret. Let the energy build and awareness sharpen. See how long it takes for others around you to start to appreciate that something is different about you. You may note that a change like this is successful in producing a strong or favorable impression on people. When you become more effective at work, people will notice.