It’s widely known that yoga can help you become more in tune with your own body.
Yoga, which translates to “yoke,” is the joining of your mind and your body, your breath and your movement. It makes sense that if you practice yoga with your partner, you’ll each become more aware of the other’s body, your reactions to it, and the rhythms both of you move to.
Yoga helps with everything from increased flexibility and sex drive, to emotional awareness and focus. It’s pretty clear that practicing together can deepen your connection in more ways than one. Plus, simply doing something physical together releases endorphins, so now you have even more reasons for getting on your mat.
Begin this sequence back-to-back with your partner, sitting cross-legged on the ground in a comfortable fashion. You should both be sitting up straight, leaning on each other for support, but not pushing the other over.
Set a timer for at least 5 minutes and sit in silence, breathing while leaning against each other. Notice if your breathing syncs up, but don’t force it. Instead of concentrating on your own breathing, bring your focus to your partner’s.
See if you can feel your partner’s heartbeat against your back. Appreciate the warmth of the person’s body and how connected you can feel to them without speaking or even facing each other.
For the next 4 poses, try to sync your breath with your partner’s and move together. This should be easier after the first pose and the 5 minutes of breathing together.
- Still sitting back-to-back in Easy Pose, inhale together and sit up taller. Exhale as you both turn to your right and reach your right hands back to your partner’s left thigh, and your left hand to the outside of your own right thigh.
- Open your chest to the right as you gently use your hands on partner’s legs and your own to deepen the twist. Be gentle with your hand placement and turn slowly, moving together as much as possible. This is about supporting and helping achieve what feels good for each other’s bodies.
- Repeat on the other side after at least 5 slow, deep breaths.
Twists are good for detoxing, releasing tension, and lengthening your spinal muscles. Doing it together helps you work toward a common goal with your partner and connect through touch.
- After returning to Easy Pose, uncross your legs and place the bottoms of your feet together in the “butterfly” position.
- In turn, each of you will hold on to your ankles with 1 person leaning forward with their torso, while the other person lies backwards onto the other’s back.
- Inhale together as you both sit up and stretch through your spines, then as you exhale, 1 of you will bend from the waist (not the spine), taking your ribs toward your feet. The other will arch their back and put slight pressure on their partner’s back to help them get a little deeper into the pose.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
When you are the person bending forward, you can rest your forearms on the ground and grab your ankles from under your legs while resting your elbows on your legs, or reaching out past your feet. When you are the person leaning back, open your arms to the side, letting your hands rest, palms up, on the floor.
Moving a little bit apart before bending may help, depending on height differences and flexibility. If you or your partner aren’t as flexible, you may want to stay bent for less time. Respect your partner as you decide how long to stay in this pose.
This is a wonderful pose to share, as chest openers are considered heart openers. Bending in on yourself is good for self-love, so you are sharing, supporting, and opening up to different kinds of care in these alternating poses.
- One of you will stay in Upright Bound Angle while the other will kneel behind. Inhale and rise up through your spine.
- As you exhale and bend forward from the waist toward your feet, your partner will gently press your upper thighs.
- Talk to each other and listen so that you both apply the right amount of pressure and weight to gently help each other stretch deeper.
- After at least 5 deep breaths, switch roles.
Try to feel the difference in the 2 bound angles and how it feels to press your chest into your partner’s back versus having their back support you as your chest opens away from them.
- Face each other and sit in a wide straddle. Decide who will bend forward first. Whoever is not bending first, place your feet against your partner’s shins.
- Grasp each other’s wrists, and as you both exhale and your partner bends forward from the waist, lean back gently, helping your partner stretch by pulling on your clasped hands and pressing into the shins.
- Discuss what feels good. Some people will want a lot of pull while others will not. After at least 5 breaths, switch positions.
This pose increases blood flow to the pelvic region. This means it will increase libido while also stretching the legs and strengthening the spine.
- One of you will lie flat on the mat or ground in corpse pose. You should be on your back with arms resting palms up and at a comfortable distance from your sides. The only thing modified for this person will be slightly wider than usual legs.
- The second person sits between the first’s legs, facing forward, with knees bent over the other’s upper legs. If you are this person, as you lie down, your legs will be resting on top of your partner’s.
- Rest your hands on each other’s legs. Stay here for at least 10 breaths — consider ending with a 5-minute pose.
- Switch if you feel like it, though this can wait until next time.