Welcome back to part 2 of our short series on couples yoga! In part 1, we discussed the many benefits of practicing yoga together. We talked about how it helps build trust, cooperation and promotes overall well-being. We learned that it provides a shared experience for couples to enjoy and that it opens you to the power of touch. We also learned that it helps you to be more open and relaxed with each other and teaches you to let go and have fun. This time, we show you the poses you and your partner can do to connect and grow as a couple. They’re easy to do although if you’ve never tried yoga, it may take a little time to perform them properly. Without further ado, here’s a look at 6 poses for couples yoga.
Also known as half lord of the fishes pose, it stretches the spine, shoulders, and hips and stimulates the digestive system. It also relieves fatigue and back pain. The pose is a pretty easy one and most couples shouldn’t have a problem doing it. However, you may find some resistance if you have a stiff back or can’t cross your legs properly. Practice it gently and regularly to slowly increase your range of motion. In this pose, both partners use each other backs for support. The synchronized movements create an intimacy that can help you feel closer to each other.
The temple pose is an easy one to do. It opens the chest and works the shoulders. However, you may have a little trouble if you suffer from back pain or have tight hamstrings. If this is the case, you can skip the pose and move to the next. You can also modify it by bending only a little. As your flexibility increases, you can bend lower to a 90-degree angle. The temple also utilizes the power of touch as your hands and arms rest on the other.
This pose stretches the legs and back beautifully. It also works the hamstrings and calms the mind. It’s not very challenging but it may need a little practice if you have stiffness. Those with back pain and tight hamstrings may also take a little time to perform the pose properly. You can take it slow and gradually work your way to deeper bends. The seated forward backbend lets couples lean on each other – literally – and this cultivates a physical connection and a sense of trust.
Boat pose is a balancing pose and it can be a bit difficult on the first few tries. However, doing it with your partner will make it a little easier. It’s a good workout for the abs, improves balance and stretches the hamstrings. It’s a good de-stresser too and you and your partner will feel more relaxed. The pose should be done with caution if you have a bad back as it places stress on the lower back.
It may look easy but you’d be surprised how tricky it is to balance on one leg! With practice, you and your partner will be able to stand without trouble and will also be able to do it without the other’s aid. The tree pose helps strengthen the legs and improves balance. It promotes a sense of calm and relieves stress that can get in the way of a happy relationship. It also builds confidence and self-esteem.
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The flying warrior is a more advanced yoga pose and ideal for couples looking for something challenging. It’s great for the core and improves balance and better sleep. The pose need good coordination and strength as one partner has to hold the other up and the other has to balance on top. The pose builds trust and communication without which it can’t be done properly. What’s wonderful about it is that it cultivates excitement and a sense of playfulness that can help you relax and let go. Keep in mind that the pose has room for error so do use a cushioned mat in case either falls.
Couples yoga is a fun way to spend time together and get in a little workout. It doesn’t need a lot of time – just a half hour or an hour can help you both feel connected and at peace. There are much more yoga poses that can be adapted for couples such as the seated cat cow, lateral side bend, and downward dog pose. They keep you centered and help you appreciate your partner. With stress and busy lives often coming in the way of intimacy, yoga provides the ideal opportunity to connect with each other.