As discussed in How Yoga Can Improve Relationship, we know that studies found that practicing couple-yoga has its unique benefits. The benefits of couple-yoga are endless. It is worth to spare some time and practice yoga with your partner or spouse.
Yoga Poses to Strengthen Relationship
In this article, let us discuss some yoga posesyou can practice with your partner or spouse to strengthen your relationship.
Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
Firstly, sit in Sukhasana: cross your legs, lift your spine, and open your chest. Put one hand on your heart and another hand over your partner’s hand, which is already on his/her heart. Start breathing together, inhaling and exhaling, and feel your partner’s every heartbeat. Finally, switch sides.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fish Pose)
To do this pose, you need to follow these steps:
1. Sit back-to-back with legs crossed as in Sukhasana.
2. Inhale your arms up and exhale while twisting to the right.
3. Try to reach your partner’s knee. If you can’t yet, reach the shin or thigh.
Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, and then switch sides. Try to synchronize your breathing.
Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
With this pose, we enter a more profound movement.
1. Sit back-to-back with your partner. Put the soles of your feet together.
2. Lengthen your spine when you are inhaling.
3. Exhale, and one of you folds to the front from the hips. Make sure to keep the back straight.
4. The other one lays the head and shoulder to the partner’s back. You have to feel relaxed.
Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and inhale while coming back to the sitting position. Repeat and take turns with your partner.
Ustrasana + Halasana (Camel Pose + Plow)
At first, this might be one of the challenging Yoga poses. Communication plays an important role. One of you should be the base and follow these steps to do the Plow Pose:
1. Lie on your back on the mat.
2. Lift your legs and take them over your head and let the toes touch the ground behind the head. If it is still too hard, you can place something underneath your feet, like pillows.
Another one will do the Camel Pose:
1. Sit on your knees with hips-width apart, and the feet are hugging the base’s shoulders.
2. Begin to do Camel Pose by bending back with arms reaching the feet of the base. If it is still too hard, hold on your heels.
3. Remember to engage the glute muscle, press the hips forward, and arch from the chest and upper back.
Hold for 5 breaths and synchronize your breathing in and out through the nose. Then switch poses with your partner.
Anuvittasana (Assisted Backbend)
For this pose, one of you will be the base, and another one will be the flier.
1. Stand back-to-back and hook elbows.
2. The base needs to bend knees and starts a bowing position
3. The flier leans back with the feet lifted from the ground.
Hold for a few breaths; then, the base slowly bends knees until the flier’s feet touch the ground. Switch roles with your partner.
Urdhva Dhanurasana (Flying Bow/Wheel Pose)
It’s one of the yoga posesthat requires trust and strength. Again, one of you will be a base while another one is the flier.
1. The base lies down on the back, bends knees with feet flat on the ground.
2. The flier stands facing away from the base.
3. After both of you are ready, the base puts his/her feet firmly on the back of the flier’s lower back.
4. The flier then bends backward. In this stage, both of you should trust each other.
5. The base should grab onto the flier’s shoulders and lifts legs straight to the air.
6. The flier is lift off the ground. In AcroYoga, this is called Back Bird Pose.
7. To get to the Flying Bow pose, flier bends knees and grab his/her ankles
Hold for a few breaths and switch positions.
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