Partner Yoga Poses -Doing it Together

Yoga - Union, Connection and Play

Research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, asthma, arthritis, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other diseases.Yoga also helps improve muscle tone, flexibility, strength, stamina, boost self-esteem, improve concentration and creativity, circulation and stimulate the immune system.
When yoga can help you in these and many other ways, how it is practiced is of utmost importance. And practitioners of yoga are lucky in the sense that it is an extremely versatile art. It can be either practiced in solitude, or in a more social atmosphere of a class.
There is another fruitful way you can practice yoga and that is by combining the skills and support of another person. The benefits and advantages of practicing yoga with partners and friends are many.
Often, the classical asanas in yoga can seem tough, daunting and far removed from an individual's ability and that is when practicing with partners help. Pairing up to do yoga acknowledges human limitations so that there is a greater sense of personal achievement and the whole experience is positive and enriching.
Yoga postures can be enjoyably developed and extended using the support and guidance of a partner. Doing yoga with a partner's support can be especially helpful when there are restrictions because of injury or individual capability.
The contact and assistance of a partner can enhance and develop the posture within individual ability. There is also the advantage of promoting an atmosphere of greater relaxation because you are practicing it with a person you trust and are confident about.
Using the support of your partner
Often, the classical asanas in yoga can seem tough, daunting and far removed from an individual's ability and that is when practicing with partners help. Pairing up to do yoga acknowledges human limitations so that there is a greater sense of personal achievement and the whole experience is positive and enriching.
Yoga postures can be enjoyably developed and extended using the support and guidance of a partner. Doing yoga with a partner's support can be especially helpful when there are restrictions because of injury or individual capability.
The contact and assistance of a partner can enhance and develop the posture within individual ability. There is also the advantage of promoting an atmosphere of greater relaxation because you are practicing it with a person you trust and are confident about.
Tips to remember
It always helps if partnering yoga is learnt under the guidance of a teacher. Remember the initial introduction should be a gentle exploration and only as the experience increases postures can be added and modified. And of course, it is advisable not to practice soon after meals.
Standing Forward Fold - You are advised to gently reach for the floor. When you experience stretching at the back of the legs, reach forward and clasp your partner's wrists. With arms fully extended lean back. For 10 seconds hold on breathing deeply. Exhale and squat while keeping feet flat on the floor. Relax and stay in this position for 10 seconds. Stand upright slowly, but keep holding your partner; then, gradually release the grip and gently fold the body down towards the floor.
Double Boat Pose - Sit opposite your partner with your legs outstretched and wide apart. Raise your legs and bring your feet together. Hold each other's hands around the outside of your legs. On the inhalation, pull back away from each other and straighten your legs until they are fully extended. You can also come up one leg at a time. Draw your lower back in and activate your core to help balance.

Variations - Hold onto each other right arm (or forearm or hand) diagonally and lean back with the outstretched left arm. Change and rotate the other arm in.

Benefits - Tones the spinal nerves. Strengthens the abdominal, legs, arms, massages the internal organs and stimulates healthy digestion. Promotes balance, coordination and focus in a playful and creative way.