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Bend it like Buddha: How yoga can teach us to love more deeply

March 13, 20234 min read

"Love is not an emotion, it's your very existence."
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Love is the force that connects us all. It's what makes life worth living, and it's something we all seek in one way or another. From the love of a partner, to the love of a child, to the love of a pet, love is what gives us meaning and purpose.

But how do we cultivate love in our lives? How do we connect with others and with ourselves in a deeper way? The answer lies in the practice of yoga.


With that said, here are 10 ways yoga helps to open your heart and let the love start flowing! ❤️

1. Yoga and Mindfulness:

In a world that's constantly moving and changing, it's easy to lose touch with ourselves and with the present moment. Yoga teaches us to slow down, to be present, and to pay attention to our thoughts and feelings. By practicing mindfulness, we become more aware of ourselves and our surroundings, and we open ourselves up to the possibility of experiencing love and connection in every moment.

2. The Heart-Opening Practice of Yoga:

Many yoga poses are designed to open up the heart space, allowing us to connect with our emotions and our innermost selves. Poses such as camel, cobra, and bridge pose are just a few examples of heart-opening postures that can help us cultivate love and compassion.

3. Breathwork and Love:

The practice of pranayama, or breathwork, is an essential part of yoga. Through breathwork, we can calm our minds, reduce stress, and connect with our bodies on a deeper level. By focusing on the breath, we can tap into our innermost selves and cultivate love and connection within.

4.Yoga and Self-Love:

One of the most important aspects of love is self-love. Yoga teaches us to love ourselves and to treat ourselves with kindness and compassion. By practicing yoga, we can learn to listen to our bodies, honour our limitations, and cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and self-love.

5.Connection with Others:

Yoga is also a practice that can help us connect with others on a deeper level. By attending yoga classes, we can meet like-minded individuals who share our values and our passion for yoga. This sense of community can be a powerful force for cultivating love and connection in our lives.

6.Cultivating Gratitude:

The practice of yoga teaches us to be grateful for the present moment and for all that we have. By cultivating gratitude, we can open our hearts and minds to the abundance of love and joy that surrounds us every day.

7.Letting Go of Fear:

Fear is one of the biggest obstacles to love and connection. Yoga teaches us to let go of fear and to embrace the present moment with an open heart and mind. By releasing our fears, we can cultivate love and connection in every area of our lives.

8.Living with Intention:

Love is not just a feeling, but a choice that we make every day. By living with intention, we can cultivate love and connection in our lives in a meaningful way. Whether it's through small acts of kindness or larger gestures, every action we take can have a positive impact on those around us.

9.Embracing Imperfection:

No one is perfect, and that's okay. Yoga teaches us to embrace our imperfections and to love ourselves for who we are. By accepting ourselves and others for who we are, we can cultivate a deeper sense of love and connection in our lives.

10.Love as a Journey:

Love is a journey, not a destination. Through the practice of yoga, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth that can lead us to a deeper sense of love and connection. Whether we're just starting out or have been practicing for years, there's always room for growth and expansion.


So, my dear readers, let us all embrace the power of love and let it guide us towards a more fulfilling life. Let us practice yoga and mindfulness to connect with ourselves and others on a deeper level. And let us remember, as the great philosopher and love guru, Jerry Maguire, once said: "You complete me." So let us go forth and find our soulmates, our yoga mats, and our inner peace.

Love, peace, and yoga!

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Mark Breadner

Mark is the founder of YogaCoach

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