In its essence Valentines Day is about connection.
We are all connected to people that mean the world to us in a variety of ways. This makes up our network of support throughout our lifetime. These ‘others’ make our life rich, the tapestry becomes deep and lush with the sharing of many hands in our life. Love is the basis for all things and on the 18th February we celebrate this in a totally unique way with ‘Restorative Yoga For Two’
The roots of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on Feb. 15. For 800 years the Romans had dedicated this day to the god Lupercus. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year.
Pope Gelasius was, understandably, less than thrilled with this custom. So he changed the lottery to have both young men and women draw the names of saints whom they would then emulate for the year (a change that no doubt disappointed a few young men). Instead of Lupercus, the patron of the feast became Valentine. For Roman men, the day continued to be an occasion to seek the affections of women, and it became a tradition to give out handwritten messages of admiration that included Valentine’s name.
There was also a conventional belief in Europe during the Middle Ages that birds chose their partners in the middle of February. Thus the day was dedicated to love, and people observed it by writing love letters and sending small gifts to their beloved. Legend has it that Charles, duke of Orleans, sent the first real Valentine card to his wife in 1415, when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
‘Being my Valentine doesn’t necessarily mean you are in a relationship. It simply means that you express to another in words, gifts and actions what the person or their friendship means in a more intimate conscious manner.’
How do we show our love? Is it in flowers, gifts, and chocolates? Or is it the time that we share with one another?
Yoga can be one such way to express a unique experience of nurturing and quiet time with a loved one. Practices such as partner yoga or the softer restorative yoga using the support of props can be one way to express a deeper connection with another. Guided into gentle yoga poses that induce a blissful state of rest, rejuvenation and connection valentines Day couldn’t be sweeter.
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