The act of yoga with your partner is Tantric. Does that sound like a tall claim to make? It’s one that yogis all over the globe readily support.
Couples yoga has endless benefits, which deepens trust and helps explore new methods of communication, forming new connections between lovers. It also encourages understanding, intimacy and ultimately improves your sex life!
1. Synchronized Partner Breathing
Matched breath is the closest intimacy one can achieve, it brings a couple together united in their pranic experience.
Sit cross-legged on the floor, facing away from your partner with your backs touching, so that you are aware of the rise and fall in your partner’s breath. You can choose to practice matched inhaling and exhaling or alternating, where one inhales while the other exhales.
2. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half- Fish Twist)
This pose helps you to reach out to your partner. Slow stretching and breathwork are done to break down walls.
In a seated position, backs touching, start with slow breathing. Rest your hands on your thighs or knees and try to connect with your partner. Stretch your arms and bring your left hand to hold the inside of your partner’s knee, twisting your body to your left and your right hand to hold your knee. Your partner mirrors this movement and you hold this pose for 10 breaths, after which you can switch sides.
3. Baddha Konasana – Bound Angle Pose
The bound angle pose is a restorative pose, which helps heal aspects that have not been addressed in the relationship.
Remain seated back to back with your partner with your soles together, take your time for a few connected breaths with your partner. Inhale and one partner leans back lengthening the spine while the other exhales and tries to keep a straight spine. This is repeated by your partner, each helping the other to open their heart and radiate love.
4. Utkatasana – Chair Pose
The chair pose engages the major muscles in the body, opens your third eye, throat, heart, sacral and root chakras.
Stand to face your partner at an arm’s length away and hold hands. Rest your feet firmly on the ground and lower your body with your feet placed further than your knees. Now, rest your body in synergy with your partner in a squat like pose as if you were seated on a chair. Here, as you support yourself you also support your partner. Hold this pose while practising deep breathing for a minute.
Savasana is the ultimate restorative pose, tying you back to your growing, enhanced existence in deep relaxation.
Lay down flat on your back, as your partner does the same but with your head beside your partner’s feet, bodies touching. You can also place one hand over your partner’s chest or hold hands, further aligning this pose.
With eyes shut, deep breaths with meditation is the essence of savasana. Stay in this pose for as long as you please.
Doing Yoga with your better half is always better for you and your relationship! Try it out, it works!