Yoga is something that most people will benefit from both mentally and physically. Doing yoga with your partner can take your physical and emotional connection to the next level. Sharing a yoga experience with someone special you will both be able to enhance the health benefits of your practice in a larger capacity. Here are some partner yoga poses that you can do from the comfort of your home.
1. Boat Pose
The Boat Pose is a great exercise to build core strength, while you stretch your hip flexors and hamstrings. This pose is a fantastic way to build a strong connection with your partner and bring awareness to maintaining balance. Sitting across from each other with your feet touching your partner’s, both partners can press their feet together and at the same time lift their feet off the ground, while they simultaneously use their abdominal muscles to sit up—creating the “V” shape of the boat pose. Your partner can be of assistance to you by helping you keep your legs lifted up and using his or her hands to gently push your feet back down when it is time to come out of the pose.
2. Queen of Hearts
This pose is excellent for opening the hips and building trust with one another. Sitting down with your partner both facing each other, take turns intertwining your legs and open up your lumbar spine by hinging at your hip joint. Your partner can place their hands on your hips to help guide you into the right position. Once both partners are comfortable in the pose, you can hold hands, and metaphorically their hearts, while they enjoy the benefits of improved circulation and flexibility.
3. High Five Plank
The High Five Plank pose is a practical and original way to build up your arm strength while supporting one another. Get in a plank position, one person on their hands and the other facing them with their forearms and elbows on the floor. Make sure your elbows are under your shoulders. Keep your legs straight and push into each other’s hands with the same amount of force. Stay in the push and pull motion for 10 seconds and then switch.
4. Butterfly Wings
The Butterfly Wings Pose is an excellent way to practice balance and strengthen the core. One partner lies down on their back and makes a ‘T’ shape with their legs and arms. The other partner takes a squatting position with their feet in between their partner’s legs. The lying partner has to support the squatting position by holding onto the feet while they both extend their arms up towards the ceiling and kiss their fingertips.
The Wheelbarrow is a fun and active pose that will make you both laugh out loud. One partner starts in the traditional plank while their partner holds onto their ankles while walking on their hands, one hand at a time, towards their partner’s feet. Both partners can interlace their fingers and reposition their hands as needed. The plank position is held steady while the wheelbarrow partner is being directed with the lower partners feet. Once both partners can no longer go any further, stop and set your feet on the ground.
These are just a few of many partner yoga poses that you can do from home. Not only will you be able to physically strengthen your body alongside your partner but also emotionally unite with each other on a much deeper level.
No matter what stage you are in your relationship, from first date to honeymoon, making partner yoga part of your journey will allow both of you to connect with each other in a whole different way. Rejuvenate both your bodies and your relationship with these unique partner poses.