Domestic quarrels and disagreements often stem from egocentric attitudes, where we view our opinion as more valuable than another’s opinions or feelings. Quarrels can occur as a result of miscommunication, unwillingness to change, or when one partner does not listen to the needs and desires of the other. Yoga is known for improving a number of different physical ailments, from high blood pressure to insomnia, but can it affect behavior as well? When practiced on a regular basis, Yoga can indeed change the demeanor, behavior, and attitudes of a person. Over time, domestic quarrels can decrease.
After practicing Yoga on a regular basis, many people feel an inner peace. When you practice Yoga, you become accustomed to stilling your mind and living in the present moment. You begin to realize that stress can be released through physical movement, positive meditation, and through a conscious effort to breathe out negative thoughts and emotions. The more you feel inner peace, the more likely you will be to stay calm and rational during misunderstandings, disagreements, and potential confrontations. The people around you might also sense your feeling of wellness and peace, causing them to back down from a potential confrontation or quarrel.
When you feel compassionate towards others, you are able to truly understand how they are feeling in any given situation. In order to understand others, you must understand yourself. Yoga nurtures compassion by giving you the chance to find your inner peace and compassion for yourself. As a result, you can be more compassionate toward others. When domestic quarrels occur, you are more willing to try to see the issue from the other person’s viewpoint, as opposed to sticking stubbornly to your own feelings and opinions.
Yoga also helps you develop and practice tolerance, or the ability to accept differences. Sometimes domestic quarrels result from personality differences. One partner might be neater than the other, or one partner might be more outgoing and social than the other. Yoga teaches us to accept and celebrate these differences, instead of wanting everyone to act the same as we do.
Mindfulness is the ability to live moment-to-moment, instead of constantly thinking ahead to what is coming, or remembering previous events and feelings. When you are mindful, you appreciate each moment as it is happening. If you practice mindfulness during a Yoga session, it becomes easier to do throughout the rest of the day. Remaining mindful during a misunderstanding will allow you to remain calm and focused on the issue at hand, instead of bringing up past feelings or emotions. In fact, mindfulness alone will prevent confrontation.