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YOGA AND RELATIONSHIPS

Pauline Sebina

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We continue on yoga and relationships, it be marriage or just partners…

One participant testified that the Art of Living Happiness course had saved their marriage, which was on the verge of a divorce. During the course, upon doing the different processes, the participant realized their contribution to the unpleasant state of their marriage. That introspection was a revelation, coming from inside.

A few months later they did the course together with the spouse. The spouse kept on wondering why it had taken them so long to do the course. They felt great and their marriage got saved. This is just but one example to show that yoga does offer a practical solution to relationships, where each person goes inward to empty their own invisible bag that make our lives miserable.

The Happiness course teaches special breathing techniques/ pranayama, a bit of yoga stretches and a bit of meditation. It is a beautiful combination that causes you to release tension, the heaviness we carry from the past, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness and any other unpleasant emotion you can think of. The breath and emotions are linked. The more we learn to work with the breath, the better control we have of our emotions.

When other people give their views about your relationship, especially if the finger points towards you, the tendency is to defend oneself and only see the problem to be from the other person or the environment. Yoga is very personal, the only person it addresses is you. It has that ability to bring out the truth from inside. No one can argue with inner truth. It causes you to pause as you realize that the problem is not just from outside, it is largely from within.

Wouldn’t it be a better and stable world particularly for our children, to be in a space where we use the available natural tools like yoga, which give you a mirror to look within and find the well of happiness and contentment that we’ve been Blessed with, and not finding blame?

As we visit the court-houses we find divorce cases are frequent. Involved parties may consider wholistic yoga, to individually get to the root of their differences and possibly restore their marriages.

In 2019 Art of Living will conduct yoga retreats / workshops for couples who are willing to enrich or revive their relationships.
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HAPPY YOGIC 2019! LASTLY ON YOGA AND RELATIONSHIPS

Pauline Sebina

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We are forever surrounded by immeasurable knowledge or counselling on how to behave or maintain good relationships. Usually this knowledge remains at the level of concepts because we are not given practical tools to actually move from “concept phase” to “practical or application phase”.

Even people who are abusive may know deep down that it is not good to abuse others, but at a practical level they fail to live the knowledge because all is at the level of the mind only. The practical nature of yoga presents the “how”.

When you’re doing yoga stretches (asanas), breathing exercises and meditation, your awareness about your body increases, you also become more aware of how to manage your mind, and you regain your natural tendency to love. To develop good relationships, you need your body and mind to be connected. If you only relate to people from just the level of the body, or just from the level of the mind, your relationships can tend to be shallow and unsatisfying.

Yoga brings one to the present moment as we pay attention to the body, the thoughts and the breath. This is a skill that can benefit your relationships as you become less distracted and pay more loving attention to others, and consequently together experience much more pleasure, such as laughter and joy.

The regular practice of the yoga asanas, breathing exercises and meditation brings a positive dimension to life which helps one to open up and release, reduces the stiffness in the body, releases tension and opens your heart. Opening the heart is a powerful way to open yourself to giving and receiving love in your life.

Yoga is a gentle and supportive way to bring more love into your life and allow you to give more love to others. When a relationship is reduced to just receiving and not giving, it becomes strenuous and dry.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The purpose of “Yoga Corner” is to de-mystify yoga to present it in its simplicity and effectiveness. Every month Art of Living offers programs that bring wholistic yoga to people. Let us make 2019 more meaningful, more loving, peaceful and exciting by getting closer to our inner. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “….inner peace is the key to world peace”.
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