COUPLES YOGA POSES:
These beginner-level yoga poses will bring you even closer together. If any are too challenging or bring discomfort or pain, please stop right away.
Pose 1: Partner Breathing
This is a gentle way to connect with your partner, it helps open the heart and is an easy way to connect with your breath.
Begin to alternate breathing with your partner, so as you inhale, he or she exhales; as he or she inhales, you exhale. Practice for three to five minutes.
Pose 2: Partner Twist
Twists help cleanse the body and assist in the detoxifying process. This is also a fun way to initiate playfulness with your partner.
Exhale and twist to the right, bringing your right hand to the inside of your partner's left knee and your left hand to the outside of your right knee/thigh. Your partner should mirror the movement.
Hold for three to five breaths, then exhale, untwist and repeat on the opposite side.
Pose 3: Temple Pose
This helps open the shoulders and chest, which is the seat of our energetic heart.
Start by facing each other in a standing position with feet width apart. Bend forward at hips until you meet hands with your partner and are in a ninety degree angle. Hold for seven breaths, then move feet slowly together and release.
Pose 4: Twin Trees
Balance poses encourage focus, and this specific pose invites playful focus while being a gentle hip opener.
Start standing next to each other facing the same direction. Standing a few feet apart, bring palms toward each other until forearms rest against each other. Bring outer leg up, resting against the calf, knee, or inner thigh. Raise other arm. Hold for up to 7 breaths, then release and repeat on other side.
Pose 5: Double Downward Dog
This is a gentle inversion that brings length in the spine. It also inspires communication and closeness.
Both start in a downward V position, one in front of the other. Walk knees and feet back 5 or 6 inches, tucking toes under so you are on the balls of the feet. The person in front moves backwards on hands and feet, positioning feet on the hips of the partner in back. If possible, hold for up to 7 breaths, slowly bring feet down one at a time and switch positions.
Pose 6: Partner Forward-Fold
Feels so good! This pose opens the hamstrings and calms the nervous system.
Start by sitting on the floor across from each other with your legs in a V shape, feet touching. Grab each other by the forearms, One partner bends at the waist as the other partner leans back, stretching the bent partner. Stay in this position up to 7 breaths, then release and switch.
Pose 7: Buddy Boat Pose
This pose is energetic and gently works the core. It is playful and encourages laughter.
Sit across from one another and grab each other by the wrists. Bring feet together, knees bent. As you hold wrists tightly, try to straighten out legs. Hold for up to 7 breaths.