Partner Yoga Positions for Stronger Bond
If you and your spouse have been dedicated yogis for years, you may consider trying a routine together. Partner yoga positions have been known to increase spirituality, connection, and flexibility. Please read on to learn four beginner partner yoga positions that you can add to your routine.
Double Seated Forward Bend
When done alone, this pose is challenging, creating a deep stretch in the hamstrings, calves and biceps. With a partner, it will increase flexibility even more. Start by sitting with your legs out facing your partner (doing the same thing). Push the soles of your feet together and take hold of the forearms of your partner. Breathe, and slowly bend your head down to feel the stretch deeply. You can also share the stretch, by switching between gently pulling on one another’s arms to come closer to your toes; this intensifies the stretch even more.
Warrior Love Knot
Start by standing next to your partner, shoulders touching, and facing opposite directions. Lunge deeply into Warrior 1. Once sitting comfortably in this pose, be sure that your back foot is still in line with your partners. Then, with your arms already reaching up, lift up high, and bend your arms backwards to reach your partner. Hold hands in Warrior 1, using one another’s resistance to stretch more deeply.
Double Boat Pose
Boat pose is an excellent posture for strengthening the core and arms. Having a partner in this pose will require you to work even harder; however, it will certainly help with balance. In this pose, start sitting up straight with your legs up and arms out directly in front of you. Lift your legs up slowly, firming up the core as you go. Your partner should be completing the same move opposite you so that, by the completion of the pose, your feet are touching. Clasp your hands together and simultaneously push with the balls of your feet while pulling with your hands. Be sure to keep your back straight and your core engaged throughout the duration of this pose.
In this pose, start out in easy pose, sitting up straight back-to-back with your partner. From the back, link elbows with your partner. While exhaling, begin to stretch forward, pulling your partner as you go. As you experience a forward bend, your partner experiences a gentle back bend. After staying here for several breaths, switch and complete on the other side.
These four partner yoga positions are a great way to deepen flexibility and increase connection with your partner.