Relationships are like Yoga

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A few years ago, I went to a yoga class. I didn’t really want to, but a friend convinced me. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into.

A few years ago, I went on a date with a guy. I didn’t really want to, but a friend convinced me. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into.

Turned out, I enjoyed the yoga class, so I went to another. And another. And another.

Turned out, we enjoyed the date, so we went on another. And another. And another.

Today, yoga is a regular part of my fitness routine.

Today, the guy from the date is my husband.

Relationships are like yoga.

See, I was nervous at the beginning. Scared I was going to get hurt, but excited for the possibilities. I wanted to become stronger. I wanted to have fun.

Relationships are like yoga.

Because I was new to this, others offered guidance along the way, but ultimately I learned that it’s my practice and my relationship.

Relationships are like yoga.

Being intentional with each movement and action added significance to the experience. I’ve learned a lot about commitment and trust. In yoga, you have to have commitment to the practice and trust your body. In a relationship, you have to have commitment to your partner and trust each other.

Relationships are like yoga.

Throughout the years, I’ve found the quiet moments are serene and peaceful, but they also can be intense and full of power. These moments have become spiritual for me and allow me to push through the tough times. Spirituality has enhanced my endurance.

Relationships are like yoga.

For me, balance has been one of the main lessons I’ve learned from yoga. Focusing on a fixed point during a balance pose helps me sustain. Similarly, focusing on our partnership, as we find balance, helps us sustain.

Relationships are like yoga.

Fundamentally, what I have learned from reflecting on my yoga practice and my relationship is that strength will come with time. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable and break down the growth areas in order to build up the strength.

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