Yoga speed dating

Participants were encouraged to place jewelry or clothing on the quilt to absorb “energy” from the event.The women were given bags of beads to wear around our necks, while the men were given empty pouches to wear.I had two minutes of small talk with a man older than my dad, who waxed on about the benefits of orgasmic meditation.I was told to place one hand on the front of a man’s heart, wrap my other arm around his body to place a hand on the back of his heart, and to send him my energy.When I got home after the event, the first thing I did was hop in the shower, as I had just spent an evening awkwardly embracing 17 random men. Despite feeling stressed while the event was happening and the occasional flashbacks to attempting to lie down in a stranger’s lap, it was as if I had just returned from an evening at a spa (for my mind).

The two-hour-long event is intended to give “mindful singles” the opportunity to connect with potential matches through a series of mindfulness exercises (like apologizing to the people in front of you) instead of dating apps.My first few matches were with men whose eyes I gazed into for prolonged periods of time, or whose hands I held while still staring into their eyes.We were sometimes told to compliment each other — the recipient had to say “thank you” after each kind statement — or share what gives us joy.The evening, which took place in a big space at the yoga studio, had a distinctly New Age vibe.The corners of the room were lined with tea lights, and in the middle of the room was a large patchwork quilt.

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