A POLYAMOROUS throuple claim they’re equally in love with one another as they dispel any jealousy by doing yoga together.
Michael Taylor and his wife Lauren, both 30, met in 2011 while studying together and married in 2016.
But after seven years together, the couple, from Florida, decided they had ‘more love’ to give, and decided to spice up their relationship by looking for someone to join their unit.
Michael said: “Jess has been polyamorous most of her adult life. Lauren and I were monogamous for seven years but were in search for an enhancement to the relationship.
“We each had more love to give than just to each other.
“There are several points in the relationship that led to ‘falling in love’. You experience all the amazing things with each other, and then one day it just hits you.”
In 2018 they attended a gig where they met Jessica Woodstock, also 30, and say they all ‘fell in love together’.
Now the trio operates as a throuple, with Michael, a construction engineer, saying that the relationship is equal between them all.
The throuple say they intend on travelling to Thailand or Indonesia to get married, as a union between three people is illegal in the US.
And they hope to extend their family in the future by adopting children or having their own.
He added that communication was key between them, and they diffuse feelings of jealousy by practicing yoga together, with Lauren, an instructor, leading them.
Michael explained how they work as a trio, saying: “Our delta is a 33 per cent shared love between the three of us.
“We all have equal responsibilities to care for ourselves and each other.
“Although our triad is predominantly the three of us, there are three additional relationships that need recognition: Michael and Lauren, Michael and Jess, Lauren and Jess.
“Three equal parts with equal responsibilities.”
Despite having an open relationship with one another, they face the usual problems all people do.
Lauren said that they tackle these issues by talking through them, saying: “The best way to take care of others is to take care of yourself.
“Start with this. Yoga, meditation, and your own health create space for loving yourself first.
“Talk through the challenges, big or small, and find a resolution together. Being on the same page is crucial – especially when making big commitments.
“It’s important to communicate each individual’s wants and needs, all day, every day, so that no emotions are suppressed.
“Any relationship, monogamous or otherwise has its challenges. Being human, we are bound to feel insecurity, anger, sadness, etc. at some point.
“Although these emotions stem from both internal and external factors, we work together to consciously remove them from our space.”
As the group solidified their relationship, they faced telling their parents about their new set-up.
Michael revealed that Jess’ family had been accepting of them as she’s always been polyamorous, but he and Lauren’s family were a bit more hesitant.
Michael said: “Initially, it was very difficult to share the news with mine and Lauren’s families. Jess’ family had known and supported her lifestyle for quite some time prior to us.
“We were extremely careful and patient in explaining it to Lauren’s family because of the adversity – coming out as bisexual and welcoming another woman into the marriage.
“However, they warmed up very quickly and love Jess and Michael as one of their own. At this point, all three of our families are welcoming, accepting, and loving toward the spouses.
“We know it’s not very often you come across families as fun and supportive as ours.
“Within the last year and a half, our families have come together on several occasions and have become very close. We celebrate family gatherings and Holidays altogether.”
While their families were now very accepting of the trio, Jessica said they get mixed reviews from strangers.
She said: “We usually have to repeat ourselves a few times to ‘spell it out’ for them, if you will.
“People are generally confused but intrigued to know more about the relationship.
“Most reactions are quite comical, and the questions start to pour in.
“Men, especially, are excited and envious.
“Here are a few initial questions we receive from those who have never encountered something like this in person.
“‘Who sleeps in the middle?’, ‘Who controls the thermostat?’, ‘How did you all meet?’, ‘Who wears the pants?’, ‘Do you plan on getting married or having kids?’, and, ‘Do you go on separate date nights?’
“The key to this is to always be yourself, don’t hold back your wants and needs, and prevent resentment.
“It’s also important to create foundational relationships like the three separate ones we share.
“A triad is a delicate balance.”
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