Nearly half a million people are saying “Om” to yoga in the UK, and rightfully so! This nervous system-soothing activity provides a nourishing shelter from the chaos of our daily lives and significantly improves flexibility and strength. While yoga is an individual practice, moving as one surrounded by the ocean of breath and the afterglow of collective meditation has the power of bringing people closer together. As a result, more and more couples are hitting the mat together.
Benefits of couple's yoga
Practicing yoga with your significant other has some unique advantages:
- It is a perfect way to disconnect from the outside world and all its distractions. Sharing that bubble with your partner, you learn to connect and support each other while having so much fun.
- It increases communication and trust between the two of you as, during most poses, you have to lean on your partner (literally and figuratively).
- It helps reduce anxiety and stress, easing you into the rest of the day together feeling relaxed.
Four asanas to try
We’ve gathered some effective beginner and intermediate-level poses for you to try with your partner. Keep in mind to always listen to your body while practicing.
This pose is a great way to start your practice. Connect to your and your partner's breath and energy, ease into more complex poses. Start with 3-5 minutes.
How to: Sit comfortably with your legs crossed at the ankles, with your backs resting against each other. Let your hands land on your knees for an easeful effortless seat. Bring your attention to your and your partner's breathing, notice how the back of your ribcage feels against your partner’s.
This posture opens the chest and shoulders and feels super good! Practice 3-5 times.
How to: Stand facing each other at about arm's length with feet hip-width apart. Take a deep inhale and extend your arms overhead. Keeping backs straight start hinging forward at the hips until your hands meet. Forward fold slowly either resting your elbows and forearms against each other or resting hands on each others' shoulders.
Hold for 5 to 7 breaths. Slowly walk towards each other, bringing your torso up and your arms down.
This fun pose fortifies quads and your trust in the partner as you literally have to lean on each other not to fall. Hold it for a few breaths before coming back up.
How to: Stand back-to-back with feet hip-width apart. Slowly walk out your feet a little and lean into your partner’s back for support. Squat down into a chair posture. Push against each other’s backs for more stability.
Savasana has so many benefits that allow you to integrate the practice and take deep rest. When done with your partner, it allows you to sense the connection and support between you two.
How to: Lay on your back next to your partner and hold hands. Breathe and relax for 7 minutes.
Consistent couple's yoga practice helps you live in the moment. Imagine moving through your day together with more mindfulness and ease.