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Yoga and Love

The Bhakti of Valentine’s Day

In our culture, we associate one day of year with love, Valentine's Day. We most often direct this love toward another person. But us yogis like to practice Bhakti Yoga--known as the yoga of love and devotion--every day of the...

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In our culture, we associate one day of year with love, Valentine’s Day. We most often direct this love toward another person. But us yogis like to practice Bhakti Yoga–known as the yoga of love and devotion–every day of the year. More than just a single day, bhakti is an entire practice dedicated to love. It teaches us that we can have union (the meaning of word yoga) when we devote ourselves to connecting with love. This love could come from anywhere, explains San Francisco yoga teacher Rusty Wells.

“Bhakti is the yoga of love and devotion to the god of one’s own unique understanding,” says Wells, who teaches a style he calls Bhakti Flow. “There’s no dogma involved. If you have devotion in your life, you know where to put your attention, whether it’s to a god, person, nature or anything else.”

Loving ourselves is the first step. Instead of looking for love, remember that we are love. When we can unconditionally ourselves, we can unconditionally love the object of our attention.

We want to know: How will you practice Bhakti Yoga this Valentine’s Day? Where will you put your devotion?