How to (Not) Assertively Force Your Friends to Do Yoga

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Engaging in extensive yoga practice brings me immense joy. My deep affection for this age-old spiritual discipline drives me to spread its benefits among diverse individuals. I seamlessly integrate yogic principles into even the most ordinary dialogues, whether they pertain to work, relationships, dietary preferences, or finances.

The inclination to share positive experiences with others is innate in most of us. Nevertheless, it is crucial to approach this inclination with prudence to avoid becoming overly assertive. I offer words of caution today: We must exercise restraint. If our intention in sharing yoga is to support our loved ones on their wellness journeys, we must abstain from employing forceful sales tactics and allow them to explore independently.

Acknowledging my own shortcomings, I confess that I have occasionally gone too far while encouraging friends to join yoga sessions. To prevent such mishaps, I present a few approaches that are best avoided when convincing your partner to try a vinyasa class.

  1. Flattery: This seemingly innocuous tactic involves praising your friend, saying things like “You’d excel in this class due to your athleticism. It’s your kind of environment!” You then extend an invitation, coupled with a promise to treat them to lunch at their favorite restaurant.

While offering compliments is generally positive, be cautious of flattery that borders on manipulation. If your friend isn’t enthusiastic about yoga, reflect on your motivations for wanting them to begin a yoga journey. Are you attempting to impose changes or assistance without solicitation? Or is it possible that you’re incentivized by the prospect of a free class for referring them? If your genuine concern for their well-being is the driving force, lend an ear to their reservations and respect their viewpoints. Cultivate trust by abstaining from applying undue pressure. By listening, you create an environment where they might be more receptive to your perspective in due time.

  1. Forcefulness: Envision a tightly closed lily bud in a garden. You eagerly await its blossoming, even employing a small crowbar to pry it open when impatience sets in. You’re determined to witness its bloom, no matter the cost.

While this analogy may seem exaggerated, reflect on whether you’ve employed a similar forceful approach with a person. Have you ever attempted to coerce someone into embracing yoga by dragging them to countless classes, workshops, or healing circles, only to become frustrated when their enthusiasm for yoga fails to match your expectations?

  1. Spiritual Overload: This entails steering conversations toward yoga unexpectedly. For instance, when a co-worker mentions indigestion after lunch, you respond with a detailed discourse on Ayurveda’s Pitta dosha, attributing his discomfort to an excess of Agni, potentially fueled by heightened passions. His response? “Dude, it was just a burrito…”

We all acknowledge having indulged in a bit of spiritual overzealousness at times. How can we responsibly impart our love for yoga to others?

Begin by recognizing that while yoga profoundly resonates with us, it may not hold the same significance for everyone. Keep in mind that yoga invites us to relinquish our ego’s desire for control and detach from our attachments—both in our interactions with others and ourselves.

While it’s natural to want to share insights about yoga, remember that these insights are personal discoveries, and others deserve the space to make their own revelations. While a friend might have introduced us to our initial class, the genuinely transformative power of yoga likely only surfaced when we actively embraced the practice.

So, when tempted to be overly assertive, recall that the most effective way to support someone is to trust that, with patience, time, and a touch of positivity, they too will blossom in their own time.

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