Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day for Yogis

Photos by Tyler Branch.

Are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year?

Whether you're spending the day with a lover, friend, or someone in your family, I hope it's filled with love, peace and joyfulness.

Valentine's is a great day for remembering the value of loving yourself, too.

Here are some fun ideas for how to celebrate, whether you're single or in a relationship:

  • Start the day with a relaxing yin practice. Invite relaxation. On every inhale, create space in your body. On each exhale, move gently into that space.
  • Treat yourself to a massage, a couples' massage, or a Thai massage session with your sweetheart.
  • Plan a picnic lunch. Eat meditatively, noticing the way your body experiences the nourishing food you are taking in.
  • Read poetry. Daydream. Journal about your passions. Listen to music and dance. Go stargazing. Let yourself be imaginative, playful, soulful. Move to the beat of your heart, letting your intentions guide you.
  • Reflect on what you love about yourself. Make a list of ten things you're grateful for about yourself. (Or, alternatively, reflect on someone in your life who you love.)

Some great reads on yoga and Valentine's Day:

PS GUYS! If you're looking to shop for the lovely yogini in your life, check out Marika. They have a 40% off sale going on for V-Day, and you can find cute yoga clothes, workout wear, and even accessories like foam rollers and mats. Just enter the code SWEET40 when you check out :) 

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