We have talked about yoga many times before, but we approached this practice as an individualistic form of mind-body-spirit exercise you can do at home. Today we will focus on couple yoga – exercises that involve a partner, be it lover, family member or friend. While yoga is fundamental for a person to get in touch with her own self, couple yoga allows the two people involved to build trust, communication, and harmony together. Let’s see today some of the main features and benefits of couple yoga and some poses you can try together with a close one.
Couple Yoga Benefits
Some specialists consider that couple yoga can be used to break the ice with a new love partner or deepen intimacy, coordination, trust, affection and harmony with an established love partner. Needless to say, science agrees with the fact that such practice can also spice up a couple’s sexual life. From this point of view, yoga does indeed set the scene: it stimulates blood flow, improves endocrine functioning, lifts up the mood, stretches and relaxes the body, works the muscles and the bone system, relaxes and allows a better connection of the mind with the body.
Another major benefit of couple yoga is that it increases empathy, connects people by touch, by motion, and by breath coordination, stimulates communication and a deeper understanding of the other’s body language and reactions. All being said, let’s take an extra thick high-density exercise yoga mat and look at some couple yoga poses for beginners you can try at home with your love partner or family member!
The Seated Partner Twist
This is a good way to start getting in touch with your partner and ease your way into this practice and start building a long-term yoga schedule with exercises progressing in difficulty. While sitting with both your legs crossed on the floor, you touch your backs and practice several breathing techniques to get better in touch with the other.
The Temple Pose
While you stand and face each other take a deep breath and bend in a forward position with your arms extended overhead until you touch each other’s hands. Lean forward more so your palms, forearms and elbows touch. Exhale while you rest equal weight against each other. Maintain the position and repeat inhales and exhales for seven to ten rounds, then slowly walk towards each other and bring your torsos upright. Release your arms down.
The Forward Fold
While sitting on the floor with your legs spread and facing each other, bring your soles together until they touch. Extend your arms towards each other and grab your partner by the forearm. As you both inhale, lengthen through the spine. As you both exhale, one of you folds forward from the hips, while the partner leans back – make sure you both keep the spine and arms straight. Hold for five or six breaths, then switch – the one fold forward while the other leans back.
These are some of the beginner couple yoga poses you can try at home, but the more trust, openness, control and coordination you achieve together, the more poses you can try. Have you ever considered couple yoga?
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