I had always wanted to try yoga, but I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do it. My girlfriend convinced me to try it and said she would teach me how; for some reason, this made the idea of trying yoga seem a little more achievable. It wasn’t until we started that my nerves really kicked in. She put her hand on mine and helped spread my fingers into the right position before saying “give me your other hand.”
She then proceeded to lead me through an intense meditation session while breathing deeply, telling me ok go on four-five times when I held my breath too long between breaths. After what felt like an hour later with sweat dripping down my forehead, I finally let out a huge sigh of relief as she told me we were done.
“We’re done already?” I asked as I began to stand up, only to notice the other people in the room looking at me like I was crazy because my legs wouldn’t work. They were completely locked into that terrible position where your knees are slightly bent and you can’t tell which way your feet or body is turned; it’s a unique hell that only Yogis go through and for good reason: it really hurts!
She finally got me up and said “so how do you feel?” I responded with an honest “I’ve never been so confused, out of breath, sweating, and exhausted from standing still before.” That was when she suggested we do yoga together every day. I have to admit, I was a little hesitant at first, but after the experience she gave me that day I couldn’t wait for our next session!
I love yoga because it truly helps you slow down and feel every single movement in every pose. It’s really hard work but if you are willing to commit to it, the benefits are worth it! Yoga is not just good for your body; it’s great for your mind too. My girlfriend has this quote hanging up on her wall that says something along the lines of “the best time to meditate is when you don’t want to” which means that even if you’re not in the mood for it, sometimes there is no better time than right then and forcing yourself to meditate will actually be good for you. The same applies with yoga; it’s just about forcing yourself to take time for yourself and doing something that is good for your mind, body, and soul.
I’m not saying that any one practice can fix all of life’s problems, I’m just saying that sometimes you need to sit back and try some new things in order to get a better perspective on whatever may be troubling you. Everyone has different hobbies they enjoy on their own time, but what makes this one so special is that she shared hers with me even though we’ve only been together for a couple of months! It means the world knowing someone cares enough about me to share an activity they love while also making sure I’m safe and learning the ropes.
Yoga is not just good for your body; it’s great for your mind too.
I used to be super stressed out all of the time because I felt like work was never done, but since we’ve started doing yoga together every day I feel so much more relaxed and at ease with life! It really makes our relationship stronger knowing that she cares about my well-being as much as I do hers. I can’t say what will work for you, but if you are willing to try something new, even meditating every morning could help you learn how to control your thoughts instead of letting them run wild throughout the day. The human brain is a powerful thing, and sometimes the only way to tame the mad monkey that is always up in your noggin is by recharging with something you enjoy.
Doing yoga every day has helped strengthen my relationship because it lets us spend time together while also doing something healthy and calming. Yoga provides a nice alternative to our normal routines, which are normally working out at the gym or going for a walk around the park. We could do these things anytime, but there’s something special about being able to have some “us” time while also doing an activity we both love so much! My girlfriend suggested the idea because she knows how stressed I am all of the time, but now I’m suggesting it to everyone who reads this article because it works! Just give it a shot for a month, even if it’s just one day a week or whatever you can manage. You never know how much of a difference something like yoga could make.
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