Yoga is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy. It not only helps to strengthen and stretch the muscles but also promotes relaxation and mental clarity. Practicing yoga poses with a partner can be even more beneficial because it encourages teamwork and connection between people. Here are 10 easy 2-person yoga poses to try with a friend or family member.
1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
The Tree Pose, or Vrksasana, is a balancing pose that encourages focus and stability in the standing leg, while stretching and strengthening the non-standing leg. It also stretches the sides of the body, helping to improve posture and balance. To perform the Tree Pose, one partner stands with their feet together, while the other partner stands facing them, placing their hands on the standing partner’s hips for balance. Then both partners extend their non-standing legs to the side, heels pressing together, with the standing partner raising their leg so the ankle rests on the other’s thigh. The standing partner should maintain a straight posture, gazing to the horizon while focusing on their breath.
2. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
Warrior II, or Virabhadrasana II, is a strong and dynamic stretching pose that can help open up the hips, chest and sides of the body. To practice the Warrior Pose II with a partner, start by facing each other, with one partner planting their feet firmly into the ground and stepping their feet about four feet apart. Keeping their feet underneath the hips, the first partner bends the knees into a lunge position. The second partner should keep their legs straight and stand a few inches in front of the first partner, arms outstretched and palms pressing together.
3. Seated Back Bend (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
The Seated Back Bend, or Urdhva Dhanurasana, is a great 2-person yoga pose for stretches the chest and shoulders and increases flexibility in the spine. To practice the Seated Back Bend with a partner, start in a seated position on the floor with one person seated behind the other, facing the same direction. The front partner should sit up straight and cross their arms in front of them, while the back partner leans forward and wraps their arms around their partner’s waist, gently pulling them back while deepening the pose.
4. Supported Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
The Supported Shoulder Stand, or Salamba Sarvangasana, is a 2-person yoga pose that is great for building flexibility and balance in the legs and spine. To practice the supported shoulder stand, both partners should lie on their backs with one partner in front of the other. The back partner should then prop their feet up onto the front partner’s shoulders, pressing their palms into the ground and lifting their hips and legs off the ground. The front partner should hold onto the back partner’s ankles while they lift their legs up, keeping the spine straight and breathing deeply.