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Why People Go to Yoga to Get Over a Breakup

by Abby Singson

They say the most difficult part is over once you officially break it off.

I say that it's only the start. The most difficult part is the journey. You have to tread through a seemingly new life alone, now with a frustrating brain that only wants you to repeat distressing events over and over again. You cling to the regrets of the past and the chance of a new hope, forgetting the present because it’s too painful still. You pray earnestly for time to speed up.

As days go by, things don’t unfold peacefully and you feel it’s just getting darker. What else is there to do but bathe in tears? Well, there is one thing that can help by calming the mind and body by giving inner peace: yoga.

But why do people go to yoga after a breakup? Here’s why people insist you ‘namaste the break up away’:

1. It grounds you to the present.

I hate to break it to you but you will spend the next few months ugly-crying. As I was desperate for just a sliver of light, I came across this article on how meditation helped heal a broken heart. When the breakup has already happened, circumstances aren’t the ones causing you sorrow anymore. It’s your thoughts of the past and the future.

The only thing that’s happening now is you reading these words. Nothing else is going on right now. No one is hurting you at this moment. All you have is this.

The best way to start your practice of yoga is through a beginner’s course. Urban Ashram offers 1 week of unlimited yoga classes plus a special 3-hour weekend session that introduces you to the foundations of yoga and meditation. With this 40% discount from Deal Grocer, you’ll only be paying ₱1,500 for the whole thing, no strings attached.

One of the best meditation practices for grounding you to the present is Kundalini. The chanting of mantras is a centering practice that keeps you from the ghosts of the past and the fears of the future. Kundalini’s main goal is physical vitality as it continuously fortifies your nervous system, your mind, and your spirit.

A studio that offers Kundalini yoga and meditation here in the city is Urban Ashram. I highly recommend taking a trial class and Deal Grocer is offering this exclusive 50% off coupon for a 5-Class Pass to Kundalini at Urban Ashram for only ₱1,500 from ₱3,000!

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Kapitolyo, Pasig
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Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 661 YOGA (9642)
(0917) 881 YOGA (9642)

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Urban Ashram Offical Website

2. There is a need to keep busy and to have a renewed physical body.

Cue balik-alindog program 2018! I used to think it was silly when people would work so hard for a new body and hairstyle after their breakup until it happened to me. I needed something to keep my mind and body busy so I turned to yoga, which helped me deal with bad memories and also keep myself looking and feeling great.

After a whole year of doing yoga, I do believe it heals you from the inside out. It does take a while to build strength and one of the best advice I can give a young yogi is to trust the process. I’ve been at it for a year and yes, I can see physical changes in my body. But what I love most is that you’ll realize that the strength comes from within. It’s like a fire that’s always been there waiting to be unleashed.

Going to class regularly also creates discipline and mindfulness. Instead of focusing on the past, you’ll find yourself looking forward to a community of empowered spirits. Buy yourself a long-term membership pass to hone your discipline with a 2-Month Unlimited Yoga Pass from YogaHive.

101 Three Salcedo Place
123 Tordesillas St.
Salcedo Village, Makati
(02) 729 0254
(0977) 816 9642

3. Your mat is safe.

I remember crying during one of my yoga classes. It was because I knew for once that I was safe here, that no one was going to tell me that I am not able. This is why people fall in love with yoga. It welcomes everyone. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the practice, whether you have a gymnastics background or absolutely no fitness experience at all. Regardless of where or how you are in life, your mat is absolutely safe.

Yoga is an empowering experience because you are taught how to work with the body you have right now. There’s no such thing as competition in class. All you are exposed to are other inspiring yogis who have built trust in what their bodies can and have yet to do.

Excited to get back on the mat? First timers and inactive yogis can avail of Yoga Tree Manila’s 1 Month Unli Yoga, Pilates, Piloxing, Zumba, and Pound® Fitness classes for only ₱2,900 from ₱5,995 with this offer from Deal Grocer! For a one-month yoga membership, that’s one of the most affordable rates you can get in the metro.

Yoga Tree Manila
Unit 3A12, 3/F Eastwood City Mall
116 Eastwood Avenue, Bagumbayan
Quezon City
(02) 372 9969

Yoga Tree Manila Official Website

4. Yoga opens the heart to new possibilities.

Image: Abby Singson

It’s hard to look at the future after a breakup. It’s living a new life with brand new experiences and adventures, this time all on your own. Sure, it sounds scary, but you’ll start to see that there are so many things you alone can do. Besides, it’s high time you learn to love yourself, your body, your mind, and your soul.

Image: Abby Singson

I love how yoga teaches you to teach yourself. And the possibilities are endless! No pose is ever a dead end and I know for sure there’s always more to an asana or pose.

It’s time for a new journey. Why don’t we kick off your ‘new life’ with a trip to the studio? Just one class, just to see if the yoga life is for you. Deal Grocer is offering a 62% off discount to Yoga Tree Manila’s drop-in rate. Instead of paying ₱795, you’ll only be paying ₱300 for the class of your choice. Besides, if you don’t feel that yoga is your calling, this deal also extends to all of Yoga Tree Manila’s fitness classes - Pilates, Piloxing Knockout, Zumba, or Pound® Fitness classes.

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About Abby
Abby is a Manila-based photographer and writer enjoying her early twenties taking photos of her casual adventures and trying new yoga poses. She graduated with a Communication degree focusing on multimedia production so she can fulfill her childhood dream of shooting food and travel for magazines. Clothed with a passionate soul, she writes about anything she can overshare on.

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