What is divorce yoga? Divorce yoga is yoga that you practice during and after your divorce. Maybe even before. But definitely after. Why is there a distinction being made? Well, for many people, divorce is not a very zen experience I really think they need their own brand of yoga.
Despite its stresses and the wear and tear of divorce on the psyche and body, could be just the thing that you need to alleviate the negatives and accentuate the positives.
Divorce yoga. Yoga is an antidote the to loneliness, depression, anger, fear anxiety, frustration and hopelessness they feel after a divorce. Those who were already doing yoga may find it easier to explore the benefits but those who never did yoga may first have to be convinced of its benefits before they try it.
Yoga can make you look and feel beautiful both on the inside and on the outside. People are usually so caught up in their outward appearances and how they look to the world but how they feel inside is so much more of a barometer of their true selves and their true beauty.
Divorce yoga ultimately leads to greater self assurance, fulfilment, joy, relaxation and confidence after divorce.
Yoga is known for its healing properties and powers. As one yogi recently put it on his blog “yoga is a philosophy and a way of life.” The practice, which originated in India, has pretty much been colonized by the West. Here is a little Wikipedia for you:
Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda,[note 1] but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements.[note 2] The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.
Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy
So we in the West are newer to yoga than in the East and our yoga has been westernized a bit too. We focus more on the poses but not so much on the meditative/spiritual aspects – which is how yoga was traditionally practiced in India. Be that as it may, divorce yoga is a very powerful medicine for people going through divorce. This is not to suggest that yoga is a cure all, but people who practice yoga have long waxed poetic about its effectiveness against sleeplessness, impulsive behavior, destructive behavior and emotional difficulties during a difficult time like a divorce.
Here are a few good poses to try:
Mountain: Stand at the edge of your mat with your feet together. Hand in the prayer position
Standing forward bend: From mountain position, bend over as if to touch your toes. Lay your hands flat on the ground, lining them up next to your toes.
Downward Facing Dog: Get on your hands and knees then left up off your knees with your butt in the air, head facing downwards.
Three legged Downward Facing Dog: Stay in the downward facing dog position but then lift on leg all the way up as close to vertical position as you can get.
There are others such as:
- Happy Baby
- Fierce pose
- Warrior 1,2,3
- Open Triangle