Originally posted on March 26, 2021 @ 8:35 am
Partner Yoga Routine Your Guy Will Actually Love
We are always on the lookout for ways to beat the stress and get a break from the hectic schedules. What better than a yoga class to help relieve all the stress and tension. And one that you could do with your partner would be a cherry on the cake.
For those of you who are unaware of the term, Partner Yoga is a practice where two or more people combine to get the best of yoga postures and practices. Partner Yoga is the way to strengthen the communication and bonding between two people. Not only that, but it also helps in building a better relationship between two people with trust.
So here are some simple postures for you to try with your partner and feel the connect all over again!
Begin with sitting comfortably on the mat in Sukhasan with your back straight and your shoulders and head leaning on your partner’s shoulder and head. Next, stretch your arms on either side, one partner holds the other partner’s wrist and raise the arms up stretching the spine to the maximum. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds and then alternate the pose.
Side bend position
The pose begins with holding hands sideways. Place your one hand on the floor and bring the other over your head turning down. Do not raise your hips and knees, stay stacked to the floor, for a proper stretch. The pose gives you a lateral stretch. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Alternate and change the sides.
Staying in the same posture, give your lower back a twist and move sideways, with your hips clinging to the floor. Try moving your back rather than your neck. Place your one hand on your knee and the other on your partner’s knees. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds and then switch sides.
Sitting forward and backward bend
For this posture, one partner bends over on the other partner’s back. This pose gives one partner a forward bend, and the other a back bend. Hold the position and repeat. In this posture, one partner helps the other get deep into the forward and back bend. A good sync and tune among partners can help and benefit.
Deep forward and backward bend
Here, one partner gets into a tabletop position over the other, the bridge or the setu bandh. This posture gives a deep forward bend to one partner and a greater stretch to the one leaning over. Keep communicating with your partner to avoid any discomfort. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds and then alternate.
Twist facing forward
Sit facing each other, with the knees touching. Take your left hand around your back, and hold your partner’s right hand with yours. And your partner holds your left hand with theirs. Give a gentle pull to the hand and bring shoulders in a straight line. This posture helps in providing a nice twist to the lower back of both the partners. Hold for 10-15 seconds and then switch sides.
Move away from your partner, with feet touching each other’s feet and toes pointing forward. Bend forward and hold your partner’s wrist, pulling them deeper into a forward bend. Try reaching onto each other’s elbows, as you go deeper into the posture. Hold for 10-15 seconds.
For this posture, come close, with your knees bending and feet touching. Hold hands and raise one leg at a time. Raise both your legs up making sure you’re not leaning back. Keep your shoulders over your hips and hold the posture firmly. Hold for 10-15 seconds before letting go.
Holding the posture, move your hands in between your legs. Sitting up straight, with your belly in and chest up, stretch your legs wide, giving your inner thighs an expansion. Then bring your legs on the floor.
Pressing your feet against your partner’s, bend forward, placing your hand on their thighs. Bend as much as you can, while your partner helps you go deeper. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds and then switch sides. Make sure you keep your spine straight and the bend is from your hip, and not your waist.
Bend your one leg in and hold the opposite hand of your partner. Bend onto the other side, holding your feet with your other hand. Again, make sure your shoulders don’t cover your chest and held your chest high giving a stretch to the ribs. Hold the posture for 10-15 seconds and then alternate switching sides.
Bridge pose to half shoulder stand
Lay down in opposite directions, with your feet close and your hips almost touching. One partner places their feet on the other’s knees; the other comes up in setubandha aasan raising their pelvis up. The pose helps the other partner to go in a supported shoulder stand or sarvangasan. Hold for 10-15 seconds and repeat with the other partner placing feet on your knees and alternating the asan.
Now that you know how great partner yoga can be for you and your partner wait no more to exploit this excellent opportunity to escape from the chaotic schedule into total peace and unity. After all, that’s what yoga is all about.