This week’s Roundup sheds light upon some yoga’s shadow sides, with links demonstrating how yogis navigate and understand grief and personal and collective battles with depression and mental health. Fittingly, we’ve also included some links to articles about how yoga intersects with dating and long-term relationships. But don’t worry, it’s not all dark and broody—the article and video on “laughter yoga” at the end will have you smiling again in no time!
Magical Thinking, Yoga and Internal Inquiry — “I’m finding myself standing still in the middle of the room a lot, lately, forgetting what I meant to do or losing the motivation. I find myself pausing before the locked studio door in the mornings, looking at the key, asking some kind of question that doesn’t have words.”
On Depression — “A healthy human being should in fact be depressed facing all of this unease, disharmony and disease that our society has created. Since all of humanity has one common mind depression will be felt by all of its more sensitive members. … The fact that it has become ubiquitous is just a sign, a symptom how much is wrong.”
Yogasplaining Depression, plus some White Starbucks Foam — A dissenting response to the above (though we see the value in both perspectives). “Through a combination of poor education and an advertising machine that seeks the most reductive formulae possible, Starbucks promotes a conversation about race, but not racism. Meanwhile, modern yoga culture in general promotes a conversation about feelings, but not mental health conditions—just like its conversations about community that leave out or avoid discourse about structural oppression.”
Practice for Romance: How Yoga Can Help Us Understand Dating — I’ve found that by instilling patience, self-control, and self-sufficient serenity, yoga merges the false poles of “authentic” and “sexy.” In other words, practicing yoga can help us capture the allure of mystery while still remaining forthright about who we are and what we want.
Yoga and Relationships: Stretching Toward Commitment — In yoga as in love, the trick is allowing the process to happen. This is the “yes” mind. “Yes” is the balance needed to create a haven of communication, a space to rest in the relationship.
Laughter Yoga Replaces ‘Ommmm’ with ‘Hahaha’ — “Laughter yoga, unlike Pilates yoga, water yoga, aerial yoga and other offshoots of the ancient eastern practice of uniting body and breath, doesn’t aspire to sculpted arms and bendy backs. Laughter yoga just wants you to be happy.”