Yoga is powerful and can work with strengthening and lengthening your muscles. But did you know that yoga can also be done with a partner? Couples yoga has been classified as a way to boost your bond with your significant other.
There are 2 popular forms of yoga to try with a mate.
Acro-Yoga is both traditional yoga and acrobatics. It is a practice that uses fun poses that promotes flexibility, strength, and balance for both of you. This form promotes teamwork and trust and is good for firming up relationships.
One Move to Try
Double Downward Dog
Have the stronger partner stand a few feet behind, and both of you go into downward dog. Their hands should be between your legs. Lift your feet onto their shoulders and slowly walk up their back. Stop at the hips. Hold this pose for 5 full breaths and then have your partner drop to their knees. This will be an easier way to walk off their back.
Tantra Yoga is relaxing and is a way to become more in touch with your sensuality. The research found that this form of yoga promoted a 24% decrease in the stress hormone cortisol. This nurtures more sensuous connections with your partner.
One Move to Try
Have your partner sit cross-legged on the floor with you sitting on their lap facing them and hooking your ankles around their back. Hug, touching foreheads, close your eyes and breath together for 2 minutes. This is a practice that can be increased over time with a goal of 20 minutes. Researchers suggest you try this daily for a few weeks which can lead to being beneficial for your relationship.
Determine the best yoga style for the relationship that the two of you have and yoga on!