[Editor's note: This is a guest post by Lexi, who blogs at Lexi Yoga]
“Only when we deepen our appreciation of ourselves, and what we have to offer, can we begin to truly appreciate and truly support and love another. When you begin a relationship with someone it is the relationship with your self that continues to deepen as you learn to share your space with a partner.” ~ Ravi Singh
Can yoga save your marriage? The answer to this question probably varies depending on your point of view. Some believe yoga can cure just about anything while skeptics probably think the question is just a joke. Those without much background in yoga likely think that saving a marriage through yoga involves some kind of ancient mumbo jumbo and then expecting their marriage life to become normal again, magically in the blink of an eye.
Well, one thing is for sure: those wishing for a magical yoga bullet to fix all their problems will be disappointed. Nevertheless, increasing amounts of scientific research coming out of various universities and other scientific institutions show how yoga can benefit your health and improve the quality of your life, including your marriage. However, the effectiveness of yoga in saving your marriage is very much dependent on your seriousness and the way you get started in practicing it with your partner. Yoga is not an instant solution, but if you practice regularly, with full dedication, then you will start to feel a whole lot better about yourself and you just might save your marriage.
Improving mind quality to save a marriage
Yoga teaches mind relaxation, which involves meditation and proper breathing techniques, which will help a lot in improving self control and rational thinking. We all know that uncontrolled anger and the lack of problem solving skills are two things that can harm any marriage. Yoga can be a great way to manage your anger by helping you to relax, this way you don’t always respond to anger with anger, which only makes everything worse than before. The proper yoga techniques will improve your ability to focus and concentrate, which will help you figure out the ways to solve those vexing problems in your marriage in a more peaceful manner.
Couple’s yoga to bring couples closer together
Another great way for couples to grow closer together is to practice yoga together. Some might find practicing together at home to be a lot of fun, but others might enjoy a couple’s yoga class.
Here are some suggestion on how you can get the most out of couple’s yoga:
1. Firstly, you and your partner should realize that yoga is not a magical solution to all your problems. Think of it as a fun thing to do on the weekend while you can get closer to one another.
2. If you go the class route, make sure your partner knows that you are signing up for a couples yoga class and that they’re cool with that. Couples yoga is something that both you and your partner should agree with in the first place, otherwise it’s just a waste of time and might lead to more contention.
3. Get some information about couple’s yoga classes before you get started so you will know what to expect. Generally, couples yoga helps with developing better communication skills with your partner, learning how to be more supportive, and also how to read one another’s energy.
4. Consult with the yoga instructor about what you and your partner expect from taking the class and see if they think the class will help you meet your expectations.
5. Just have fun and don’t think about mastering the couple’s yoga techniques overnight. Yoga is not that simple, it takes time to be good at it, and while the learning process continues you can get closer and closer to your partner as you learn it together.
If you already have a loving partner, then find out how yoga can improve your relationship and deepen the love you have for yourself and everyone around you by checking out my article, Improve Your Relationships with Yoga on my website www.lexiyoga.com.