Imagine improving your bond with your partner, growing together spiritually, exploring patterns and goals within your relationship, and adding fitness to that mix, all together! Sounds too good to be true? Well partner yoga seems to be the answer. Saif Ali Khan, a regular gym guy, got hooked onto yoga when he tried out partner yoga with his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, already a yoga buff. If you want to try something new with your better half, or want to introduce him or her to the joys of fitness, look no further than this.
What is Partner yoga? Partner yoga is a method through which two people do yoga together. Partner yoga can be done with any one - husband-wife, and also with corporates where it not isn't about intimacy, but more about team building. It builds bond and trust as some poses require you to trust your partner implicitly.
Objectives of Partner yoga for couples
• To get to know each other on a non-verbal level. This improves the relationship.
• To be able to accomplish the postures you think are impossible.
• Sharing quality time and physical interaction builds a bond and lets the partner know that you are there.
Partner Yoga asanas
Trikonasana – In Trikonasana, the couple stands back to back. Once you feel the back of the partner, open your feet wide apart - at least a meter wide. Both partners should point one of their feet outwards on one side. Raise both arms at a shoulder level. If the couple likes they can hold hands and bend to one side. They can then raise the other arm up and look at the upper hand. Make sure the posture is well coordinated and both partners help balance and stretch in the posture.
Naukasana - Both partners should sit in front of each other. Then, gently bend both knees, hold each other's hand, touching each others’ feet. As you both feel comfortable slowly start stretching your legs. Make sure your partner is feeling comfortable. Sometimes one person is more flexible then the other. Coordination and understanding between the partners is very important for this posture.
Yanasana - One partner lies down on the floor then bends his knees. The other partner comes next to the feet and both hold each other's hands. The person lying down places his/her feet on the pelvic of the standing partner. The standing partner leans forward and the lying down person straightens his/her legs. This posture looks very acrobatic and difficult, but is actually not so tough.
So if these three partner yoga poses have you intrigued then may be it's time to take your relationship to the next level. Partner yoga will help both, you and your partner, strengthen your core, improve muscle tone, boost immunity, and discover new aspects of your relationship. Don't forget to attach a regimin of sorts for long term health benefits, and get started with this stylised partner interactive form of yoga today.
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