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Yoga and self-love - why are they related?


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What feeling do you enter the mat with?

 

With a compulsion for the sake of physical exercise, or are you looking forward to tuning into your inner space and making an imaginary protective bubble around yourself and letting your feelings drift away when you feel hints of sufficient safety?

Do you sit in a cross-sitting position that is not very comfortable or do you sit more on your heels to feel calm and unrestricted?

 

These are very simple questions, but the answers to them play a big part in starting your practice because every minute counts. New possibilities and better tomorrows are created on the mat.

Many people struggle with the pressures of everyday life and struggle to find a sense of inner peace and self-acceptance.

Yoga and self-love are inseparable and offer a powerful combination that can help individuals cultivate a harmonious connection with themselves.

 

In this article, we explore the deep relationship between yoga and self-love and how they work together to support a healthier, happier you...

 

The basis of yoga practice - self-love

 

Yoga means the connection between the individual and the universal consciousness. At its core, yoga seeks to bring harmony and balance into a person 's life, helping us to connect with our inner self and the world around us.

 

Self-love is a fundamental component that is often misunderstood as mere vanity or narcissism, it is a deep and genuine affection for oneself.

It involves accepting and appreciating who you are, with all your imperfections and unique qualities. It is essential to note that cultivating self-love is essential to mental and emotional well-being.

When you love yourself, you are better equipped to handle life's challenges, build healthier relationships, and experience lasting happiness.

 

The interplay between yoga and self-love

 

1. Self-examination

Yoga promotes introspection and self-awareness. Through asanas (physical postures) and meditation, the practitioner explores his or her inner world, uncovering emotions, fears and desires.

This self-examination is an essential step on the path to self-love, as it allows you to become intimately acquainted with your true self

 

2. The mind-body connection

Yoga emphasizes the mind-body connection. The practice teaches you to listen to your body, respect its limitations, and give it the care and attention it needs. This promotes a sense of self-compassion, which is the cornerstone.

 

3. Stress reduction

Yoga is known for its benefits in reducing stress. By calming the mind and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, yoga helps create a calmer mental landscape. A relaxed mind is more open to self-acceptance and love.

 

4. Cultivating mindfulness

Mindfulness is a key component of yoga. Practicing mindfulness means being fully present in the moment, and accepting it without judgment. This mindfulness extends to self-compassion, which allows you to accept your imperfections and love yourself in spite of them.

 

5. Acceptance of imperfections

Yoga encourages you to accept your physical and mental imperfections. By letting go of the pursuit of perfection on the mat, you also learn to accept your imperfections in life. Therefore, this acceptance falls necessarily to self-love.

 

6. Building resilience

Yoga helps build emotional and mental resilience. When you overcome physical and mental challenges on the mat, you develop a sense of confidence and self-worth. This newfound strength contributes to self-love in spades.

 

Try to think about it...

Whether it 's the balancing position of a falling tree, the hip-opening position of a monkey, or the leaning position of a high bridge...

Enjoy the way you move.

Don't hurt yourself just to look the same as the lady yoga on the mat next to you.

Give yourself thanks and express gratitude to your body for supporting you and providing that beautiful shell and security that we care for.

 

So roll out your mat with a new attitude towards yourself, take a deep breath, and begin a beautiful journey of self-love through yoga and its power.


Do you perceive yourself on the mat in this way? Or do you sometimes catch yourself trying too hard to be perfect?

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Linda Culba

Prague

Yoga teacher and esoteric enthusiast who discovers new opportunities to improve his life through spirituality!...

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