Yoga is a word that literally means yoke or union of your mind, body, and soul. When all these are working in unison, it helps you grow. Just like any other practice, yoga allows you to learn and grow. Relationships are also like that. The more you work on them, the more you learn and grow. Like yoga, you have to give your mind, body, and soul to unfold your relationship into a beautiful one. In this modern world when everyone is so busy with their phones. A relaxing day meant for couples involves watching movies on Netflix or using Instagram on their phones. While there is no harm in relaxing, sometimes it creates communication gaps between the couples as they are constantly on their phones. However, there is no better way to build your bond with your partner than doing physical exercises together. Exercising together with your partner increases the physical connection between the couple. It increases the physical attraction between them and also increases their happiness together. Couples yoga is a fantastic way to strengthen your relationship.
What is couple yoga?
Generally, yoga is considered an individual practice but it can be done with your partner. Couple yoga is a form of yoga that is designed in such a way that it strengthens their bonds and increases physical connection through the means of assisted poses. In this yoga, sequences are designed in such a way that it helps in building trust and bonds while bridging that communication gap in a fun way. It brings two people together with the help of yoga poses, breath, intimacy, and touch, not to mention the joy of accomplishing your fitness goals together. It is also the best way to spend time with your partner without the presence of any electronic device while releasing that tension from your body at the same time. The best thing about couple yoga is you don’t need to be super flexible. Let’s take a look at some couples yoga poses, to begin with.
6 Couples yoga poses
1. Back-to-back partner breathing
- To practice this pose with your partner, sit comfortably in a cross-legged position.
- Rest your back and hands against each other comfortably, and allow yourself to feel that connection with your partner.
- Now practice alternate breathing with your partner.
- Your spouse will exhale as you inhale, and vice versa.
- Try to feel how your partner is breathing.
- Take at least 10–15 such breaths and then release.
This simple yet powerful breathing exercise will help you in improving your breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness. It also helps in building a connection with your partner.
2. Centering pose
- To practice this beautiful yoga pose, all you have to do is sit in front of your partner, face to face, in a cross-legged position.
- Now look into each other’s eyes and hold each other’s hands, or you can place them on each other’s knees.
- You can take a pillow for your lower back if you feel uncomfortable.
- Look into each other’s eyes and breathe deeply. You can repeat this process as many times as you are comfortable, then gently unfold it.
Take a moment to appreciate your partner and try to connect with them before you move. This pose will help you detach from your day’s events and let you focus on each other.
3. Seated cat-cow
- Sit in front of each other in a cross-legged position and reach out for each other’s forearms.
- Interlace your fingers with your partner’s fingers and make a firm grip.
- As you inhale, look up, lift your chest upward, and extend your spine inward.
- As you exhale, bring your chin to your chest, round your upper and middle back, and draw your shoulder blade wide.
- Repeat this movement for at least 10–12 breaths.
The cat-cow pose is a great pose for your core, back, and hip muscles. It will also help expand the chest and lung muscles. Make sure to have the support of your partner while doing this.
4. Forward/backward fold
- Sit back-to-back with your partner. Decide who will bend forward and who will bend backward.
- The person who is going to lean forward has to stretch their legs to the front and lean forward.
- If you have a tight hamstring, you can bend your legs a little and rest your head on your knees.
- The other partner slowly bends backward on their partner’s back.
- Try to breathe deeply here and try to feel each other’s breaths.
- Stay in the pose for 7-8 breaths and then switch positions.
This yoga pose stretches your spine, back, hamstring, and chest muscles. However, make sure to do it gently to avoid any unnecessary pressure on your partner’s back.
5. Seated Twist
- Sit in a cross-legged position. Make sure your partner is sitting back to back with you.
- Now put your right hand on your partner’s left thigh and your hand on your own right thigh.
- Communicate with your partner so they can position themselves in the same way.
- Now take a deep breath in and stretch your spine, and as you exhale, twist your spine in the opposite direction from your partner.
- Hold for 3–4 breaths and return to your starting position, then twist to another side.
This twisting motion detoxes your body, stretches your spine, and also improves your digestion.
6. Twin Tree
- Stand next to each other with your gazes toward the front. There should be a few feet of distance between you two.
- Now bring your inner arms together, join the palms, and raise them upwards.
- Bend your outer leg from your knees and place your heels on your own inner thighs.
- Join the palms of your outer hands together and try to balance them.
- Stay in the pose for at least 6–8 breaths or as per your comfort.
In relationships, just as the tree pose brings grounding and balance to your life, both partners must work equally to achieve balance. Also, you can use the extra support of your partner to nail this pose.
7. Partner Shavasana
- In this pose, all you have to do is to lie down on your back.
- Make sure to hold your partner’s hands. Close your eyes and take deep breaths.
- With each exhale, allow yourself to completely relax.
- Stay in this pose for at least 6-7 minutes and then gently unfold.
This is the easiest and best relaxation pose you can enjoy with your partner. This yoga pose calms your entire nervous system, and when you practice it with your partner, you feel that energy and connection between you.
Connection is really important in every relationship; hence, combining them will not only provide a great way for couples to deepen their bond but also improve their yogic discipline. Communicate with encouraging words and sync with your partner’s breath to feel that connection. Try these couple yoga poses with your partner and forge that physical and mental connection with them.