Is it Yoga or Divorce Mediation?
A week of practicing yoga and contemplation at Present Moment Retreat led me to today’s reflection in which I considered how divorce mediation and yoga are amazingly similar…..why wouldn’t they be similar? Both improve substantially….and even require…. the practitioner to stay in the “Present Moment”! Yoga and divorce mediation have both been around for centuries and have many different models……but there seem to be many similarities, it is no wonder I am drawn to both.
According to Wikipedia “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ meaning to yoke, join or unite. Today I learned that yoga actually means “concentration”….. which ultimately leads to unity and liberation. This tidbit was told to me by Ryan Kelly, one of the exceptional yoga instructors on staff at Present Moment Retreat; (Ryan also managed to release an extremely painful knot from my lower back area…but this is another story!).
Eight days of yoga…five different practice instructors…never the same practice…all about concentration and unity…….How is it similar to DIVORCE MEDIATION?
To name a few……………….
Yoga practice depends on:
Instructor and Participants
Needs of the Participants
Emotional state of the Participants
Goals of the Participants
Instructor’s intuitive ability to sense what process best serves the Participants that day
Time of day
Training background of the instructor
Knowledge and ability of the participants and the instructor
Divorce Mediation depends on:
Needs of the Clients
Emotional state of the Clients
Goals of the Clients
Mediator’s intuitive ability to sense what process best serves the Cliens that day
Time of day
Training background of the mediator
Knowledge and ability of the mediator as well as the clients
Many other similarities could be listed……both practices take concentration and effort…leading to unity/agreement….and ultimately liberation! I invite you to let me know your thoughts and join in the discussion..in the mea time….I am going to take my last restorative yoga class and be in the Present Moment!