Partner yoga poses are an amazing way for you and your partner to get closer together while boosting your individual health. If you’re looking for the ultimate bonding activity for you and your partner, it’s time to start making partner yoga a part of your daily routine. Doing so can improve your health, boost your memory, and strengthen the bonds between you and your partner.
In this guide, I’ll go over ten of the best partner yoga poses that you’ll want to try out so that you and your partner can take the next step in your relationship. Make sure to read through all of them to find which one works the best for you and your relationship!
Let’s start with one of the easiest partner yoga poses I’ve ever tried: the seated cat. This pose is known to help you build trust and communication with your partner. In order to practice, simple sit cross-legged in front of your partner and make sure he does the same. Making eye contact, grab onto his arm at the elbow and make sure he does the same for you. In this stance, the two of you should pull back as far as you can, supported only by the weight of the other person’s hold. During the exercise, you may find it easiest to keep your head down.
The seated cat is a great exercise for building trust with your partner because it forces you to rely on your partner to stay upright. Of course, the same thing can be said in reverse. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure you try this partner yoga pose at least once so that you and your partner can get your relationship back on track (or going strong!).
Soul gazing is one of the most intimate and personal partner yoga poses I’ve ever experienced. An exercise that will have you interacting with your partner on a deeply personal level, it’s one that may be a good start to any yoga session. I’ve had great success with this pose in the past and would now like to teach it to you so that you can enjoy the same benefits I did.
To start, both you and your partner should sit cross-legged, facing each other. Your knees should be almost touching. At this point, you’ll want to place your hands on your partner’s knees and allow him to do the same to you. Though it may be awkward at first, the next step is crucial. You and your partner will want to stare into each other’s eyes directly.
I get how it sounds, and yes, you’ll probably laugh at first (which is only to be expected), but once the chuckles wear off, you and your partner will have a chance to do something special: truly see each other. Take in everything there is to take in about your partner: the way he looks (inside and out), his features, his expression; this moment is important for you to really get a good look at just who your partner is.
You’ll likely feel powerful emotions of love and loyalty as you see your partner without any guards up. This can work wonders for a relationship and help you and your partner truly get a better idea of what the other wants.
The Soul Gaze pose generally takes around five minutes, but you can do it for as long as you are comfortable. Afterward, you should feel more open and understanding, both of which can help you improve your relationship.
It’s time that I introduced you to one of my all-time favorite partner yoga poses. The forward fold can be viewed as a great trust-building activity because it involves you and your partner actively pulling on one another. In a way, the technique almost feels like a game of tug-of-war (but in a much gentler way). To do this pose, you and your partner will want to sit facing each other with your legs apart and feet touching. Then, you will take hold of your partner’s arms and pull him toward you so that his back is leaning down. When he is stretched comfortably to his max, you will count to five breaths and then switch out.
The forward fold is a great way to work out the lower back and relieve any tension that you might be feeling. It also helps you grow to trust your partner more in a fun and engaging way. For this reason, I highly recommend that you try it out today!
The boat pose is one of the best partner yoga poses you can try with your partner. This is because it’s designed to go straight to your core—both physically and emotionally. In the boat pose, it’s important that you and your partner sit directly in front of each other. Sit face to face and hold each other’s hands. Make sure that you have the maximum distance allowed between the two of you; then lift your feet as high as you can into the air, making sure they are touching with your partner’s feet.
This is what’s known as the boat pose. You should feel weight and pressure move into your core as it tightens. This is a good thing. The boat pose is designed to strengthen your physical core, which connects your upper and lower body and is crucial to your overall health. Strengthening your core can bring your energy into alignment and help you live a more successful life, both mentally and physically.
It also helps you strengthen your emotional core. Doing the boat pose each session will help you and your partner both become more emotionally aware of one another’s needs. As such, you’ll want to make sure that you work it into your routine so that you and your partner can both start living more emotionally satisfying lives.
Feeling flexible? The rag doll pose is a great way to strengthen your union with your partner. In order to do this pose, you’ll need to first stand with your partner. The two of you should be back to back, yet not quite touching. Then, you and your partner should bend down and grasp each other’s shoulders with both arms. This may be difficult for those who aren’t flexible. For those who are, this exercise can be a great way to expel tension from the body while connecting with your partner in a personal way.
As you make the rag doll pose, don’t be surprised if your bottoms touch. That’s only natural. You may find that this helps you feel even more connected with your partner. Do the pose for up to five breaths and then release. Once you are done, you should feel renewed energy and more oneness with your partner.
The tree pose is one of my all-time favorite partner yoga poses. Here’s why: trees symbolize our connection with our roots. Like trees, our roots run deep and link us with the outside world. They can also connect us with our partners and make us and our relationships stronger. Against this backdrop, it’s time to jump in and see exactly how to do this pose so you and your partner can start enjoying the benefits of it today.
To start, you will want to stand side by side with your partner. Stand to the left of him and make sure that both of you have your backs straight. Then move your left arm behind your back and connect it with your partner’s right arm. Once you’ve done this, you’ll want to cross your left leg onto your right knee while still standing. Your partner should do the same with his right leg (crossing it onto his left knee). For the final step, the two of you should place your remaining hands together in front of you and hold it there.
Being able to balance on your roots is a good way to stabilize your body, your mind, and your relationship. For this reason, consider making the tree pose a vital part of your relationship. You’ll love the way it makes your body and your mind open up and become stronger. With consistent use of this exercise, you’ll notice enhanced willpower and a greater ability to make better decisions in your relationship. With all this going for it, the tree pose is certainly one that you want to keep in mind.
Downward Dog Double
Want to build trust with your partner? The downward dog double is one of the best partner yoga poses for doing just that. In order to start, your partner should assume a traditional downward dog stance. In order to do this, he should put both feet and hands on the floor and raise his rear as high as he comfortably can. Then, you should place your own hands on the floor and then slowly maneuver your feet onto his back.
In this way, both of you will be in the downward dog (with him grounded on the floor and you grounded on him). Alternate every five breaths for the best results. You should notice increased trust and greater communication as a result of this exercise.
The standing backbend is one of the best partner yoga poses for beginners. In order to do it, simply stand in front of your partner face-to-face. Your hearts should be facing each other. Then, carefully, you’ll want to grab onto your partner’s arms just at the elbow, with him doing the same to you. For the final step, both you and your partner should lean back as far as you comfortably can.
Doing the standing backbend will stretch your lower back and will also help you build trust with your partner, as he will be the only anchor keeping you upright. Couples who routinely practice this exercise see an increase in communication and satisfaction in their relationship. For this reason, make sure to try out this pose and see if it works for you! More than likely, you’ll notice it makes an improvement in your relationship!
The warrior is one of the most effective partner yoga poses because it does two things at one time: expels negative energy through your lower body and lifts your spirits through your upper body. A partner poses that you’ll love doing, the warrior pose is also one of the best for your body. For this reason, let’s take a moment to go over the warrior pose in detail so you and your partner can start benefiting from it directly!
To start, you and your partner should stand near each other, facing different directions. Then both of you should stretch out, leaning down on one knee and letting your other leg stretch out behind you. Both feet should be firmly off the ground. You may notice a bending in your hip area when you do the next step, which requires both you and your partner to reach your hands upward and clasp them over your heads.
This pose is perfect for relieving stress and tension in the lower body; more than that, however, it allows the negative energy in your body to leave. As you stretch your body open, you will be welcoming in more positive energy and shooing out the energy that is keeping you down and negative.
Doing this pose consistently with your partner will have the two of you feeling more open, honest, and satisfied in your relationship. As such, make sure to give it a try with your partner. It’s fun, simple to do, and virtually impossible not to love.
This is one of the simplest partner yoga poses around. To start, both you and your partner will need to sit down back to back. You should make sure that your backs are erect and touching. Keep your legs crossed beneath you and put your hands on either knee. When both of you have assumed this position, it’s time to engage in the twist. If you are sitting on the right side of your formation (when viewed from the side), place your right hand on your partner’s left knee. Your partner should do the same, placing his left hand on your knee. Your other hand should go onto your own right knee.
Once you have done this, you will be in a full spinal twist. You should feel your spine stretching and muscle groups working in your back. After a few seconds of this, you and your partner should both turn and do the same stretch on the opposite side. You should feel the same opening sensation as energy and airflow throughout your body. The partner spinal twist is designed to get your energy flowing properly, making your mind and body more relaxed and receptive to the world around you.
For your relationship, the partner spinal twist can improve communication by enhancing your mood and clearing up your judgment. Unblocking your energy and opening up to the world with your partner is a great way to strengthen your bonds and get more in tune with your partner’s wants and desires. For this reason, consider trying this meditation exercise.
Looking for a way to strengthen your relationship while making your life better in other facets, as well? Then it’s time to try out these partner yoga poses! You may be surprised at what just a little yoga can do for you. The exercises I have compiled here are designed to have you and your partner feeling closer than ever. Particularly useful for partners who are going through tough times, these poses are also great for couples who wish to keep the good times in their relationship going forever.
So don’t wait! You’ll want to start trying out these partner yoga poses as soon as possible. It’s time that you and your partner took the next step in improving your health and relationship with the amazing poses contained in this list!
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