5 Yoga poses for couples

February is the month of doing things together! And what’s better thing to do in good company that yoga!

So, grab a mat, grab a water bottle, grab a partner and let’s get into it!

The only rule is to have fun. Explore, be supportive and encourage your partner to explore as well!

1. Partner forward fold

Benefits: This easy yoga pose for two stretches the hamstrings

What it looks like:

How to do it:

Sit opposite your partner with both of your legs wide apart and straightened out in front of you. Place the soles of your feet against your partners and take hold of each other’s forearms. One of you then slowly hinges forward from the hips while the other pulls you gently towards them. Keep going until you feel a deep stretch in your hamstrings, and then hold the pose here for a few breaths. Then slowly come back up and swap over, with the 2nd person this time bending forwards and the first person pulling them gently towards you. Again hold this position for a few breaths when they feel a stretch in their hamstrings.

2. Seated cat-cow

Benefits: This couples yoga pose is a great stretch for the hips, core and back, and it also helps open up the chest

What it looks like:

How to do it: This is a variation of the classic cat-cow move. Sit cross-legged opposite your partner and hold securely onto one another’s forearms. Next, find equal resistance between you and your partner and both draw your shoulders back and down. Inhale and slowly lift both your heads pushing out your chests simultaneously. Essentially this is the cow pose but in seated form. Hold this position for a moment, and then both exhale.

As you breathe out, you both tuck in your chin to your chest and round out your upper back. Look towards your belly button to keep your back rounded and ensure you feel a stretch in your shoulder blades too. This is the cat pose in a seated position. Hold this pose for a few seconds, and then slowly alternate between the cat and cow positions a few times. This pose will require communication to ensure you are in sync.

3. Heart Opener and Spinal Twist

Benefits: This is a fantastic pose to open the chest, relax the shoulders and gently twist the spine.

What it looks like:

How to do it: Sit back to back with your partner with your legs in an easy and comfortable crossed-leg position. Take a few deep breaths and feel the back of your hips, your lower back, middle and upper back against your partner connect. Now bend the elbows and place hands by your ears, breath deep and open the chest, if you want to, extend your arms behind you and touch your partner’s tights and lift your chin towards the sky, feel how much that opens your chest and enjoy the stretch!

Now, you turn to your right and place your left hand on your right knee. Extend your right-hand reaching towards your partner’s knee. Twist gently, inhale open, exhale reach. Explore with extending your left arm over the head to catch and hold your partner’s hand. Repeat in the opposite direction. Remember to be gentle, considerate and communicate!

4. Twin trees

Benefits: This balance pose improves balance and posture and opens up the hips

What it looks like:

How to do it: Stand next to each other shoulder to shoulder with your feet around hip-width apart. Both plant your inside leg into the floor, spreading your toes and holding your weight through the whole of your foot. Next, slowly lift your other leg, bend at the knee and place the sole of your foot against either the side of your lower leg, or if you are comfortable with the balance, against the inside of your thigh. Avoid placing your foot against your knee as this will put unnecessary pressure on the joint. With your arms, you can either hold each other’s together out in front of you which is a little easier, or if you prefer you can raise your arms above your head for more of a challenge.

5. Temple

Benefits: A great partner pose to open up the shoulders and chest

What it looks like:

How to do it: Start off by facing away from each other in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Inhale and extend your arms back and grab your partner's hands. Then gently lean forward at the hips opening your chest and gently rolling your shoulders back and down. Hold for a few breaths, then slowly stand up, bringing your torso upright and releasing your arms down.

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