Although yoga is most commonly taught in group classes many people think of it as a solitary pursuit. We sit apart from our classmates, focussing on our own bodies, our own sense of mindfulness and being in the now. Then we head home and practice our poses and routines alone in our living room or bedroom, away from our families because we need quiet and time to focus.
A lot of people use yoga as a method of handling stress and difficult internal problems thanks to its incredible powers of relaxation, but it can also be a great way for couples to bond and spend some quality time together. Partner yoga consists of a series of poses which require two people to work in synergy. You can attend lots of Partner Yoga classes alone and work with someone in the group, or attend with a friend, but Partner Yoga is particularly beneficial for romantic couples.
Here are some benefits of partner yoga for couples.
• Improved Communication
When you’re working on a pose that requires both your bodies to work together you’ll be totally focussed on each other, watching, feeling and listening to the movements and rhythms of your body. If you don’t pay attention you’ll soon find that you fail to execute the poses correctly, so Partner Yoga forces you to be in the present moment with each other.
• Deeper Trust
Although some poses in Partner Yoga are simple, there are many that are complex and require you to take something of a leap of faith and trust that your partner will be able to deliver on their side of things. This kind of yoga can help couples develop a deeper sense of trust with each other.
• Power Of Touch
For couples this can be one of the great benefits of Partner Yoga: it’s all about touch. You have to have your bodies close to each other, and your hands will invariably be in contact with parts of each other’s body, much like in a dance class.
• Lots Of Laughter
Face it, when you start doing yoga alone things can be difficult, using parts of your body that have become stiff and inflexible, trying to contort into a pose when you can barely maintain your balance. Take that and multiply it by two and you can see that Partner Yoga is going to lead to some difficulty. Most Partner Yoga teachers report that couples find these situations funny and share the enjoyment together.
Partner Yoga is a practice that can help you reconnect with the fundamental values of openness and sharing, a vital element in any relationship.
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