Yoga and The Twin Flame Journey
We’re so used to thinking of Yoga as a physical practice on the mat — be it asana, breathwork, or meditation. However, in my experience, yoga goes far beyond what one does on the mat. Yoga is about how we live. The mat is a space to build the tools we need so we can then put them into practice in the real world.
Many forget the first two limbs of yoga as they move into the latter limbs, but of course, this is why Yoga isn’t linear. They’re called limbs for a reason — we use all of our limbs concurrently to move the whole body. No one limb takes precedence over another. And so the Yamas and Niyamas that lay out how we act in the world with ourselves and each other are just as important as any other limb.
When I discuss the Twin Flame (or Divine Counterpart) journey as a yogic path, this is what I mean: the living of Yoga. The Twin Flame journey involves deep mirroring of the self through the other, which aids us in the practice of our Niyamas — especially discipline, self-study, and surrender — and it forces us to learn unconditional love, which is the ultimate goal of our Yamas.
Beyond this, though, I’ve found the journey can be easily mapped onto two of the three paths of Yoga laid out in the Bhagavad Gita.
A Bhakti Yoga Path
The last time I discussed this, I explained that the Divine Counterpart journey was an example of Bhakti Yoga — the path of Devotion. Bhakti Yoga entails worship of the Divine in form.
Twin Flames: A Bhakti Yoga Path
Is the Divine Counterpart Journey a yogic path?
Many people who practice Bhakti interpret this to mean they must create a form, such as a statue of a God or Goddess, and pray to that. They make their offerings to the statue, they chant and bow in front of it. This is their devotional practice to God in form.
But the sacred texts don’t specify a particular form that must be worshipped. And if we live by the cosmology that we are all physical manifestations of that One…