As the holidays come and go, many people decide that working out will be their New Year’s resolution. However, most do not follow up with their resolution and fall back into their old routines.
Does this sound like you? If it does, maybe it’s time to try couples yoga!
It is a great way to start your health kick this new year and bring you closer to your partner.
Couples yoga requires you to depend on your significant other for most positions, creating more intimacy between you two. Being close with one another while you are hot and sweaty is a very vulnerable thing to do. If you trust your partner to hold you up in a yoga position, you can be sure that they are someone you can trust for the long haul. Check out these couples yoga positions, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.
1. Seated Cat-Cow.
Sit across from each other, cross your legs and face your partner, making sure that your kneecaps touch. Grab each other’s forearms and slowly pull away from one another with equal resistance. Once you both are in the position, inhale together, look up and slowly exhale at the same time as you roll and tuck your chin down. Repeat this step multiple times.
2. Back to Back Dialogue.
Sit back to back with your partner in a crossed-leg position. Take a few deep breaths in silence and focus on your breathing in relation to your partner’s. You will notice that your breathing will become synced with his or hers.
If you two have found it hard to get some time to talk, this is a great time to do so. You or he can start by talking for about three minutes about what is on your mind or how you are feeling. This is a perfect way to listen to one another without interruption and to be fully aware of how you guys are feeling in that moment.
3. Back to Back Backend/Forward Fold.
Begin seated back to back. Have someone start off with their legs fully extended and leaning forward. The other partner should bend their knees, putting their feet flat on the ground, and slowly press backward, potentially in a gentile backend. This is a great way to stretch in a fun and intimate way with each other.
4. Back to Back Shoulder Stretches.
Stand back to back with your partner with your arms extended in T-shape. Interlace your hands with one another, pressing your palms together. Keep your arms engaged as one partner gently pulls the other’s hands forward. This will help open and stretch your partner’s chest. Alternate pulling each other’s hands forward.
5. Back to Back Chair.
Stand back to back, with your hands gently placed in front of you. Either you or your partner will slowly walk feet to hip-width apart, leaning on each other for balance. Then, the other person will do the same. Slowly, you will both end up with your legs in a 90-degree position; it should look as if you are both sitting on invisible chairs. Hold for three to five minutes, focussing on your breathing. Once the time is up, you will slowly lean on your partner come back up, working together until both of you return to a standing position.
6. Flying Warrior.
This pose requires a lot of strength and trust in one another. The base partner will be on his back, with his knees bent and legs lifted to the sky. His partner, “the flyer,” will slowly lean into the base’s feet, clasping hands while the base adjusts his feet to the crease of his partner’s hips. With trust and communication, the base slowly extends his legs, while she takes flight.
7. High Flying Whale.