The fundamental of yoga is yoke or union. The science of yoga is complex and it involves lots of intricate aspects of body and mind. The core of life is union whether it is in the deepest level or surface; everything that we are involved in, is a part of our union. Similar like Tantra worship, couple yoga is a part of regular yogic practice. In fact, it greatly helps and improve the overall development of mind and body. As a beginner, you can practice couple yoga poses with your beloved, friend or family member. Remember, while practicing couple yoga, both you and your partner breathing and moving together is key. In couple yoga, one partner is acting like a base and other one flier. More often the roles are interchangeable.
Benefits of couple yoga are many including deeper emotional attachment, improved communication and reassurance of trust.
Before you begin, sit with your partner in Easy Pose (Sukhaasana) and try to feel each other breaths. Start inhaling and exhaling together.
Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
This is a very basic exercise and easy to perform. It is an ideal posture that you can perform with your partner. It helps in rejuvenating spine, improve digestion, liver function and strengthening back muscles.
How to do it?
Sit with your partner back-to-back and cross legged in Easy Pose. Hold each other arms and while inhaling lift your arms. Now slowly exhale your breaths and twist to the right. Now lower your right hand and touch your partner’s left knee. With inhaling stretch your body and find more space, and while exhaling with the help of your partner’s knee to twist your body.
Hold in one position for 5-10 breaths and then switch sides.
Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)
This pose will also help to reduce back pain and rejuvenate the spine.
How to do it?
Sit back-to-back with your partner. Keep your soles together. Now slowing inhale and lengthen your back. Now, when one partner exhale and folds forward from the hips, to keep the back straight. In the same time the other partner relieves the head and shoulders onto their partner’s back.
Hold for 5-10 breaths and inhale. Repeat the other side when the other partner folds forward.
Stand straight facing your partner. Inhale and then extend your arms overhead. Now extend your arms forward toward your partner and hold hands. Gradually fold forward and rest your elbow, forearms against each other. Balance your weight equally and release your chest belly toward the floor. Hold this position for 6-10 seconds then slowly move toward each other.
Partner Boat Pose (Navaasana)
Boat Pose is an intermediate yogic posture, which requires certain expertise. It is a bit tricky because you need to learn how to sit comfortably on your sit bone while balancing your feet up in the air. This asana is beneficial for leg muscles, create balance and overall flexibility.
How to do it?
Sit with your partner in front of each other with bending knees and hand holding each other’s outside the knees. Now slowly with inhaling breath, lift one foot so that your partner and your feet touch sole to sole and simultaneously straighten the legs upward. Once you balance with one leg, raise another one and create the posture. When viewed from sidewise, both of yours feet form a letter A. Hold the position for 40-60 seconds and release.