Yoga is a great way for couples to get active and stay in shape. It provides a unique bonding experience, allowing couples to grow closer both physically and mentally. Couples yoga offers many of the same benefits as yoga on your own and much more. Not only does it help increase flexibility and reduce stress, but it also teaches couples better communication, mutual understanding and respect, and can help revive a stale relationship.
Downward Dog Twist
This pose starts with the man in downward dogs and the woman standing between his legs. Both partners then reach for the opposite hand and twist their upper body away from each other. This pose helps stretch the hamstrings, opens up the glutes, hips and back, and encourages a deeper connection between the partners.
In this pose, the couple faces each other and kneels on their toes and simply holds their plank positions. This is a great test of strength and balance, and it also teaches partners to work as one unit. As one partner moves, the other must adjust and follow suit.
Double Wide Leg Forward Bend
This pose starts with both partners sitting back-to-back, with their legs slightly apart in a wide ‘V’ position. The couple then gently folds forward, both keeping their spine straight. This stretch helps to open up the hips and can help reduce lower back pain by lengthening the lower spine and releasing tension.
Balance on the Knees
Balance on the knees is an excellent pose to test the balance of the couple. The man starts in a seated pose, while the woman kneels beside him. He then holds onto her hands, as she slowly lifts up one knee. If the couple is able to maintain balance, she can lift both legs off the ground. This pose builds core strength and teaches couples to stay connected and communicate with each other.
Wheel of Love
This pose is more advanced, but it is a great way to show your partner your trust and love. First, the man lies on his back and the woman sits on top of him with her back to him. The couple then joins their hands together and the man raises his legs and hips towards the sky. The partner then places her hands on his feet and slowly stretches back until they form an arch. This pose requires trust, strength, balance and flexibility, but it is a wonderful way to show your partner how much they mean to you.
Couples yoga can be a fun and rewarding way to improve your health, deepen your relationship and create lasting memories. So grab a mat and start exploring the amazing benefits of couples yoga.