We’ve all heard of the 5 love languages, but have you heard them in relation to yoga? Gary Chapman is the author of the famous 1992 book, “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate” and he suggests that everyone has a primary and secondary love language of the five. If you aren’t quite familiar or need a refresher of these languages, they are:
Words of affirmation
Acts of service
Chapman suggests that the secret to discovering one’s love language is to pay attention to how they express love to other people, as the way they give love is usually the way they want to receive it. These love languages aren’t necessarily just meant for a partner, they can be used to love yourself, a friend, a family member, or anyone else you want to show kindness or affection towards. This is where health and wellness, specifically yoga, comes into play. Exercise and meditation are key factors in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle so introducing those factors into the lives of people that you truly care about (especially yourself) is a great way to build lasting relationships. Using the five love languages and yoga together can create a strong bond between people, so here are some ideas to combine the two:
- Many yoga studios offer gift cards or class passes that you can purchase for friends and family. If you are a member yourself, you can often bring a guest with you for one or more classes. These are both great options to introduce yoga into someone’s life.
- If you know someone that already has a consistent yoga practice, you could gift them yoga equipment such as blocks, a yoga wheel, meditation pillow, essential oils, a yoga strap, or an exercise mat (such as a Tada Rug).
- Similar to gift giving, you could bring someone with you to your yoga studio or maybe if you are new to yoga as well, you can recruit a friend and try out a class together.
- Acroyoga is a great option for quality time. Physically and mentally demanding, it requires at least two people and combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and yoga. This practice is a fun way to improve communication, build trust, and become stronger in the process! Look for workshops in your area or simply search for classes on YouTube to learn how to do acroyoga together.
Words of Affirmation
- This love language is so simple and yet deeply appreciated by everyone to some degree. Who doesn’t like receiving a compliment every now and then? As far as relating it to yoga, tell someone you like their leggings or let them know they are doing a good job in their practice.
Acts of Service
- In group class settings, I have noticed that some people will help put away equipment that other people were using. This is such a simple act and it shows that the love languages can be expressed even between complete strangers. Maybe the next class you attend, you put away your neighbor’s blocks or grab a wipe for their mat. Love languages don’t always have to be restricted to people you are close to or even know at all.
- This love language can be expressed simply as a hug or an affirmative pat on the back. As a yoga teacher, it might mean hands-on assists to ensure your class is getting the most out of their practice.
- Acroyoga is again a good way to express this love language since it involves a lot of acrobatic movement and support between two people.
There are several other ways to express these love languages that have nothing to do with yoga or exercise at all. It’s important to figure out what your own love language is so you can start expressing love to yourself in a way that will benefit you the most. This will also help your current or future partner to love you in the most valuable way. If you aren’t sure what your primary and secondary love languages are, experiment with all five. Buy yourself something nice, spend time alone in meditation, speak kind words to yourself, clean your personal space, and give yourself a big hug. Whichever one you enjoy the most probably correlates to your specific love language! If that doesn’t quite clear it up for you, just do yoga and claim that as your love language!
Autumn Mulgrew is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, Enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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