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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Today I’m teaching a Partner Yoga class to my students at OU-L, and anyone they choose to bring with them. I’ve done this as the last class for several semesters and it is always a lot of fun. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to hold such a class!

“In every partnership you will find complimentary aspects of balance, flexibility, strength, and greatness, while revealing the qualities that create communication, trust, intimacy and union. The character of your practice will emerge from the nature of your relationship and the focus you share. Love and intimacy take many forms, all potent, all beautiful–the warm inner fire of open-hearted energy. Partner yoga has evolved from a broad spectrum of shared experiences. Every encounter, hilarious or holy, awkward or divine, is a precious exchange, a constant reminder of what is real.”

From The Joy of Partner Yoga, by Mishabae

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is an energy, a strong force of energy. (Think of a mother’s love for her child.) And a lack of love brings forth lower forms of energy like anxiety, fear, sadness, hate. Love nourishes your body, mind and soul, while negative energies invite ill health and dis-ease. Which way would you rather live?

Love is also what you ARE, at your core. Do you believe that? But in our finite, limited physical existence, love is something we must DO. So simple, yet so complex. Ponder that this Valentine’s Day.

  • As you cultivate awareness and acceptance on the mat, how can you cultivate the same in your relationships with others?
  • How can you move away from “me mode” and into “we mode” in an effort to nurture (or grow) the love you have for one another?
  • How often does your ego get in the way of truly loving another person and how can you let some of that go in order to love fully?
  • Is it humanly possible to love the way it tells us to in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8?

AS A BONUS, this discussion is worth 2 points! Happy Happy!

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