Many people practice Yoga alone, however there are also poses that can be carried out by couples that carry their own benefits. They provide new levels of intimacy and allow couples to connect on a deep level. Below are some poses you can try put with your partner.
Easy Pose – Sukhasana
To start off, both of you will sit in Easy Pose – Facing each other.
Sit on the floor with your legs crossed, left foot beneath your right knee and your right foot beneath your left knee. Relax your knees toward the floor. Maintain a neutral position from your pelvis to your shoulders. Open your chest, and relax your shoulders.
Now each of you place one hand on the others heart and with your other hand, cover their hand which is resting on your own. Feel each other’s beating hearts allowing your heart beat and breathing to sync together. Hold for three minutes.
Partner Twist – Ardha Matsyendrasana
Sit back to back with your partner in Easy Pose. Inhale and lift your arms up to your sides. Exhale and twist to the right, reaching your right hand for your partners Shin. With every inhale, lengthen and stretch into more space. Keep your breathing synchronised and hold for 30 seconds – 1 minute before switching to the other side.
Bound Angle Pose – Baddha Konasana
Sit back to back with your partner, keeping the soles of your feet together, Inhale and lengthen your spine. Exhale and one of you will fold forward at the hips keeping their back straight, while the other releases their head and shoulders backwards onto their partners back. Then relax, opening the heart, shoulders and collarbone, feeling the chest expand.
Hold for 30 seconds – 1 minute before returning to a straight position on inhale and repeating the exercise, switching roles
Begin in a standing position, facing one another, feet under hips. Inhale and sweep your arms to the sides and up to the ceiling, bending forward at the hips until you meet hands with your partner. Fold in further, bringing elbows forearms and hands to rest against each other. Make sure the weight on each partner is equal, release chest and belly towards the floor. Hold for 30 seconds – 1 minute, breathing together, before slowing walking towards each other and returning to an upright position.
Assisted Backbend – Anuvittasana
Stand back to back with your partner and hook your elbows. One of you will be the base and one of you the flier. The base bends their needs and leans forward at the same time the flier leans back. The base continues to lean forward until the flier’s feet leave the ground. The base straightens their legs, raising the flier higher from the ground.
Hold for a few breaths, then the base slowly bends their knees and leans backwards, returning the flier to the ground. Repeat again in the opposite roles.
Flying Wheel Pose – Urdhva Dhanurasana
Again you will assume the positions of the base and the flier. The base lies down on their back, knees bent and feet flat on the ground. The flier stands at the base’s feet looking in the opposite directions. The base places his feet flat and firmly against the fliers lower back with their heels on their glutes.
The flier leans backwards, reaching back with their arms. The base holds the fliers shoulders and lifts their legs straight into the air, lifting the flier into the air. The flier then reaches to hold their ankles, moving into the Bow pose.
Hold for a few breaths before the base bends their knees and gently pushes the fliers shoulders forward, returning them to the ground. Repeat again assuming opposite roles.