Yoga in Relationships
Relationships can be more challenging than the most advanced yoga poses. No matter who is on the other end of a conflict- a friend, family member, coworker, schoolmate, or colleague- you can diffuse many situations by applying a yoga mindset and a few simple techniques.
When you are on the verge of saying something will later regret, stop and take a few deep breathes. As you inhaled, fill you abdomen with breath. As you exhale, release the air completely, and as you do so, imagine letting ho of any anger and resentment. As you inhale, imagine drawing in compassion and kindness. Continue breathing until the impulsive urge passes.
It’s easy to see the person on the other end of a conflict as “wrong” or “the enemy”. But as yoga teaches us, we are all connected, and all equal. When judgments creep in, try repeating the classic mantra of compassion: May you be safe. May you be happy, May you be healthy. May you live with ease.
From THE LITTLE BOOK OF YOGA