Partner yoga is a healthy and bonding valentine activity

Partner yoga is a healthy and bonding valentine activity
Photo from weheartit.com.

I do love the concept behind Valentine’s Day. It is a nice reminder to celebrate the love between partners, parents, friends, children and special people in our lives.

With that being said, over the years the emphasis has shifted more to the kids and less towards special night between me and my husband. We’ve had our share of overcrowded, overpriced and undercooked dinners and that combined with the increased sitter rate, we are less interested in going out.

I’m proposing this year we do some partner yoga together.  It is fun to work in tandem to find balance and help each other open up both physically and emotionally.  Touch is another, less acknowledged, benefit of yoga in pairs. Here are a few poses you can do together any day of the year.

Photo from indiatimes.com.

Photo from indiatimes.com.

Sit back to back with your partner and gently push into each other to lift up and lengthen.  Make sure your sit bones are grounded and don’t be shy about getting very close to one another.  This will work to improve both of your postures and feel the support of your partners.  If there is anything awkward you may want to discuss, this pose is a nice way to do it (while avoiding eye contact).  Close your eyes sit tall and breathe.

 

Photo from SHAPE magazine.

Photo from SHAPE magazine.

Open your legs wide and hold onto your partner’s wrists.  One partner at a time will slowly lean back as they gently pull the other forward.  Use communication to let the other know if their pull is too much or little to get the idea stretch.

Photo from FitBodyHQ.

Photo from FitBodyHQ.

Stand side by side and work together to find balance in tree pose using opposite legs.  Reach your arms up and press into each other for support.  Remember to do both sides and smile.

Photo from SheKnows.com.

Photo from SheKnows.com.

With your feet hip distance apart, walk backwards and fold forward to find a right angle. Reach for your partners’ hands or wrists as you melt your heart.  Again use words to aid your partner in finding the best stretch for both of you.

With practice the poses can get more challenging and will require more trust.

Have you ever done any partner yoga?  Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day?

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