2 person yoga poses can be done together or separately to reap the many benefits that yoga has to offer. Two person yoga poses allow you to deepen your practice as you both support and challenge each other. From balancing poses to twists,holding each other’s hands and gazing into each other’s eyes these poses help promote connection and trust.
1. Double Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana)
This pose is great for core strength and strengthening your legs and arms. Start in Seated Boat pose, with each person sitting in V shape facing each other with their feet touching. Hug each other’s legs and press your feet into one another’s. The person in the front holds onto their partner’s shoulders and begins to lift their feet off the ground. Engage your core and begin to lift your legs up to 45 degrees with your partner’s assistance providing resistance. As you balance with each other, take deep breaths and keep your eyes focused on the other person’s eyes.
2. Double Shoelace Pose (Paschimottanasana)
Shoelace Pose is a great restorative post, especially when done together! Sit facing each other with your legs in front of each other, fitting together like a shoelace. Hold your partner’s elbows with your arms so you can pull each other in gently while keeping your spines straight. As you both start to lean in and fold forward, keep pressing your feet into each other’s legs. Concentrate on your breath, and as you each lean slowly into the pose take long deep breaths to help your bodies sink into the post and release any tension.
3. Double Crane Pose (Bakasana)
Balance poses are not only great for strengthening the muscles around your joints, but also for building trust with your partner. Stand facing each other and hold each other in a bear hug or lightly place your hands on the other’s hips. Lift your left leg back and place your foot on your partner’s calf. As one of you shifts your weight into the standing leg, the other person should lift their left leg off the ground and stretch it back. Find a point to focus on and with each breath, draw your ribs to your hip and your partner’s foot to your calf.
4. Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose (Jathara Parivartanasana)
Twisting postures are super beneficial for back health and Revolved Head-to-Knee pose gives you the perfect opportunity for a nice deep twist with your partner. Begin by sitting in Staff pose facing each other. Stretch your left leg out in front of you and grab your partner’s foot with your right hand and your knee with your left hand. Gently pull your partner’s leg towards you as you twist your waist towards the left. Keep your belly-button lifted as you look over your shoulders and press your hands against each other for more support. As you exhale and twist deeper, inhale and