Single On Valentine’s Day? No Problem! Love Yourself With Pranayama Yoga
Love Yourself First
February is the month of love, and for couples, it’s a great way to celebrate their feelings for the one they love. However, for those who are single, myself included, this tends to be a time that can bring up emotions and possibly a resistance to this time of year.
After many years of being single on valentine’s day, I now have realized that this is a great time for self-reflection and being grateful for my “singledom” and to love myself first.
I am grateful to have found this out through Yoga Pranayama, which has allowed me to step out of my monkey mind to see beyond the drama and see things clearly and objectively.
I am so thankful for this realization, and as an Aquarian humanitarian Yogini, what better way to show my gratuity than to share this to all who may be needing a positive pick-me-up, whether single, or in a relationship?
If you want to love genuinely, it starts with loving yourself first. Yoga unites us to that truth, and it starts with you. Self-love is uniting to our beautiful light within unconditionally, and it is a way to be good to ourselves.
When we truly love ourselves, then we can genuinely love others.
Ways We Can Love Our Self First
Take time for yourself, meditate, treat yourself to a day at the spa or an event that you would love, go to the beach, treat yourself to a new outfit or gadget, or spend time on your hobbies. Write down your deepest heart-felt desires.
To do this, first try the heart opening Pranayama described below. After you do this, notice what comes up for you and write it down.
Write down your deepest heart-felt desires. To do this, first try the heart opening Pranayama described below. After you do this, notice what comes up for you and write it down.
Heart Opening Pranayama
Pranayama is the fourth limb of yoga, and it is also called the “Heart of Yoga.” The word Pranayama comes from two words, prana and ayama. Prana stands for the vital energy that is present within each one of us.
It can be more easily understood as the breath. Ayama, on the other hand, stands for stretching, extending, regulating, or managing. Thus, pranayama can be defined as stretching, extending, regulating, or directing the breath.
We will open the heart chakra with this Heart Opening Pranayama called Vyana Vayu (Expanding Wind).
- Sit in a comfortable sitting position, Sit tall with a straight spine (pillow or folded blanket underneath sit bones, if necessary, for tight hips)
- Brings hands into Anjali mudra (prayer position) into heart center. Think of something you love about yourself, someone you love, or an experience you love or would love. This will start to open your heart energy.
- Inhale through the nose as you open the arms out to the side like giving a big hug. As you do this, imagine a color of your choice, swirling from the heart and spiraling out through your fingertips and all around you.
- As you exhale, bring the arms back in and hands to prayer position to heart center. Bring in the love and light.
- Continue for 10-15 rounds, feeling light and love surround you.
- This pranayama will open the heart, help strengthen lungs and circulation, and ease and calm the mind. It also helps reduce stress and depression and, overall, makes you feel good!
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