Partner Yoga – Not Just For Couples

By on March 24, 2016

What is Partner Yoga?

Partner yoga is a yoga practice that is performed by two or more people who want to develop and deepen their yoga experience. This type of yoga is different from tantric yoga because it is not sexual in any way. It is becoming more and more popular nowadays and is perfect for couples, friends, and sibling, etc. Just grab a partner and you are good to go.

Poses or yoga asanas are done together in this type of yoga. This requires cooperation, patience, and tolerance of people involved. Partners will touch and support each other as they perform various yoga poses. Just like yoga that is performed alone, this practice also helps relax the mind and improves the body’s flexibility, strength, posture, balance, and stability.

Benefits of Partner Yoga

  • Build bonds. Partner yoga can help build bonds so it’s perfect to practice it with a person who is special to you, it can be your friend, sister, brother or lover. It also builds trust and cooperation as both parties need to work together to achieve a certain pose.
  • It strengthens relationship of lovers. If you are in a relationship, finding time with your partner is not that easy, especially if you are a busy type of person. Practicing partner yoga is the perfect workout and bonding time for you and your partner. It does not only keep you fit and healthy, it also helps you connect with your partner and strengthen your relationship with them.
  • It helps release stress. Just like solo yoga practice, partner yoga calms the mind through the execution of various poses along with deep breathing. This practice is perfect for stressed out people who want to experience a different approach of stress management. It is also a vigorous form of workout that helps you burn fats and lose weight.
  • It makes you happy. Since partner yoga is an active form of physical activity, this results to the release of endorphins in the body. These hormones are mood stabilizers, it makes you happy, and helps prevent anxiety, depression, and mental problems. Partner yoga is also fun and enjoyable, as you have to do poses that are quite tough and challenging with your partner.
  • Helps release negative emotions. Being in a relationship can be demanding and stressful at times. Through the practice of partner yoga you will be able to release negative emotions such as anger, frustration, disappointment, and distrust. It is important to release these emotions as it can keep you healthy both physically and mentally. It also makes relationships strong, build trust, and deepen connections.

Precautions to Keep in Mind

Partner yoga, if not practiced correctly, can lead to injury. This is why if you are new to partner yoga you should seek a professional teacher to guide you and your partner with the practice. It is important to start with warm ups such as simple stretching and bending to prepare the body to a more vigorous form of workout. If you or your partner have health issues or preexisting injuries, it is significant that you let your teacher know about it, before starting a session.

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