I’ve always been a fan of yoga and meditation. It helps me better understand myself, what I’m thinking and feeling, as well as the world around me.
Yoga has countless benefits to both our physical and mental health. One thing few people talk about is how yoga can help in a relationship, particularly, how yoga can help the man in the relationship.
Ladies, if your man doesn’t do yoga, then you may need to convince him to give it a try. Here’s why:
1. He's strong and flexible -- wink wink.
The main reasons to date a man who does yoga are the most obvious: He looks better, and is better in bed. Sure, there are plenty of ways for a man to build his strength and to tone and relax his muscles, but yoga works on all of those things simultaneously.
There isn’t a woman in the world who doesn’t want a strong and physically sexy partner. He’s nicer to look at, which makes you feel good about yourself. He makes your friends jealous (an added bonus).
And you've got someone with whom you can try all the interesting positions in the Kama Sutra (with no broken bones included).
2. He holds himself to a higher level.
Yoga helps strengthen both your back muscles and your core muscles, allowing for a much healthier looking posture.
Having a better posture does wonders... not only does it make you look taller and stronger, it also makes you feel taller and stronger, which boosts your level of confidence tremendously.
Human beings communicate through body language just as much as they do through words. A man with a good posture communicates his strength and confidence to everyone he meets -- which benefits his life and yours.
3. He's just happier.
Studies have shown practicing yoga on the regular significantly increases your serotonin levels while simultaneously lowering your monoamine oxidase levels -- an enzyme that slows down neurotransmission.
Generally speaking, exercise does wonders for both the body and the mind. Yoga, on top of being exercise, is also a form of meditation.
It allows us to both exercise and slow our minds down, resulting in better introspection and self-awareness. You can’t be happy if you aren’t aware of your thoughts and emotions; yoga helps with that.
4. He's healthy and it makes you want to be healthy, too.
Yoga forces you to slow down and accept your body and life for what they are. This can sometimes be painful, as we may begin to notice the people we’ve become and the lives we’re leading are far from our ideals.
Practicing yoga regularly, however, helps you break through that barrier and get better control of your own personal reality. It starts with yoga, but seeps into all other areas of your life.
It shouldn’t be hard to believe... yoga makes you feel better physically and mentally. When you feel good, it’s a lot easier to make life changes you know are going to be somewhat uncomfortable.
5. He's focused on the important things, i.e. you.
The combination of physical strength, mental stability and overall improved happiness yoga allows for makes your problems seem less horrendous, less debilitating and less important.
When your problems start to shrink, you find you have much more room for the things in life that are actually important to you. You focus more easily on your passions and your personal life. You find you can work harder and dedicate yourself more.
Most importantly, it allows many problems we have within a relationship to fade. A lot of the time we project our issues onto our partners and the relationship.
The focus and understanding yoga allows for will make your man better understand how important you are to him.
6. He's emotionally-balanced.
Being in love isn’t easy. I understand you’ve been taught love conquers all, and once you find the person you should spend your life with, everything falls into place on its own. I’m sorry to tell you, but you’ve been lied to your entire life.
Being in love comes with a large array of complex emotions, all intertwining and warping endlessly. Sometimes it’s even difficult to differentiate whether the way you’re feeling is because of your partner or because you’re just dealing with some sh*t that’s overflowing into different areas of your life.
With regular yoga practice, you get a better understanding of your emotions; you learn to better control them and to control the way you react to them.
Being emotionally balanced is incredibly difficult -- especially if your man has a large ego. Yoga can help him with that.
7. He's incredibly disciplined.
Yoga only benefits you if you practice it regularly -- and, in order to do so, you need to become a bit disciplined. We are creatures of habit, yet we have a difficult time ridding ourselves of older ones to make room for newer ones.
If your man is disciplined enough to practice yoga regularly, then he’s likely disciplined in other areas of his life, in part because yoga makes disciplining the rest of your life a bit easier.
8. He's spiritual.
The world is a complicated place. We are complicated animals who always manage to complicate the world and the lives we lead further.
The world is full of unsolved mysteries and unresolved problems. Practicing yoga allows you to navigate through all the fuss and turmoil. It allows you to understand the interaction of mind and body, the physical and spiritual.
I would like to say yoga gives you the answers, but it doesn’t. What it does do, however, is bring you to accept the world for what it is and help you understand your place in it.
Spirituality means something a little different for each person. Having a man who has found his own version of spirituality is crucial. Those who live in both the physical and non-physical world are simply more alive than the rest.
What other reasons do you need to date a man who practices yoga?