Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga

Introduction

“YOGA” is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body mind and soul. Yoga is the journey to self. Yoga filters and purifies your soul, mind and body from all the negative vibes of the world. It is not about twisting or bending your body into different poses or ways but something more than it and a journey of the inner self. This reminds me of the famous quote by Jason Crandell – he quoted,

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim.
The better your practice, the brighter the flame”

India, the birthplace of rich cultures, tradition and, people, is also birthplace to this divine and soothing practice of YOGA. Yoga and India, are alike with each other. Each year millions of travelers and tourists come to India looking for some peace and tranquility to learn and practice the art of self-awareness – Yoga.

What is Partner Yoga?

Partner yoga or yoga for two people/yoga for two persons is a style of asana practice in which two people support each other in poses in a way that enhances the postures and builds trust and communication. Working with a partner provides balance in a pose while establishing and maintaining proper body alignment. It also allows each yogi to experience the pose differently.

Partner yoga helps build relationships as the yogis share the pose, movements and breath. Each must step outside him/herself to connect with the other and work together.

Easy pair Yoga Poses for Two People/Easy Yoga poses for two people

Partner yoga can deepen a pose, such as

  • Boats pose, in which the soles of the partners’ feet touch and they grasp hands. This pose gives a strong core workout; boat pose also becomes a hamstring stretch in Partner yoga.
  • Double downward-facing dog – One yogi practices down dog while the second yogi practices with his/her feet on the lower back of the first and hands on the ground.
  • Partner fold – The partner yogis face each other in seated wide-angle with feet touching, and then grasp each other’s arms. One partner folds forward while the other reclines.
  • Double standing forward bend – The yogis stand back-to-back with buttocks touching and each folds forward, then reaches back to grab the arms or shoulders of the other partner.

Benefits of Yoga Poses –

  • Builds Trust
  • Creates Intimacy
  • Improves Balance (Physically, mentally and emotionally)
  • Enhance Communication
  • It’s fun and exhilarating

Things to remember while practicing Partner Yoga –

  • Drop the ego
  • Be Clear and Concise
  • Keep it Clean

Some Partner Yoga Poses (Can be found in Detailed description in Partner Yoga poses Guide) –

  • Supported Sukhasana – Begin in easy crossed-legged seated pose facing away from your partner, your backs making full contact with each other. Press your upper backs press into each other and place your hands on your knees to remind you to glide your shoulder blades down your back away from your ears.
  • Facing Hero – Lean forward, keeping a straight spine, so that you can place your hands on the top of each other’s thighs, palms open. Press gently into each other’s thighs, but not too much – you do not want to cause knee strain.
  • Seated Twist – Begin in easy pose facing away from each other so that your backs are pressing into one another. Place your left hand on top of your right knee and reach your right hand behind you to place on top of your partner’s left knee. Your partner does the same.
  • Double Tree – Stand hip-to-hip next to your partner. Extend your inside arms up straight to the sky, rotating outward from the shoulder socket so that your palms press into each other. Bring your outside hands in front of you as if you are entering prayer mudra, but instead press your outside hand into your partner’s outside hand.
  • One-Legged Boat Pose – Begin in half hero’s pose with your right knee bent so that your right foot is flat on the mat, and your partner’s left knee is bent with the left sole on the ground to mirror your folded knee. Extend your hands in front of you so that you take hold of each other’s hands Holding hands, lean back so that you can lift your bent legs off the ground at a 90-degree angle, then press the bottoms of your feet together.
  • Standing Forward Fold – Extend your arms straight overhead. Rotate the arms outward so the palms face forward toward your partner. On an exhale, begin to fold forward. Once you are at a 90-degree angle, where your torso is parallel to the ground, place your hands on your partner’s back, face down.
  • Backbend Balance – Begin standing, facing away from your partner, feet hip-width apart, backs of your heels touching. Reach to take hold of your partner’s hands so that your inner elbow is pointing forward.

Other poses are as –

  • Wide-Legged Standing Forward fold
  • Thread the Needle
  • Seated Forward fold
  • Reverse Warriors
  • Extended Side Angle
  • Intertwined Forward Fold

“Yoga always tries to transform the body, because if the body transforms, the mind will mature by itself.”

― Sadhguru

Lastly, to wrap I would say that sometimes withdrawing from your routines life for a short period time and going to someplace to reconnect with your self helps rejuvenate our mind body and soul.