There’s a lot of hype around exploring many yoga styles and practices lately.
Want to experience something new? Deepen your practice through these yoga poses for two people—they’re a lot easier than they look.
Yoga poses for two people, also known as “partner yoga,” is one such joyful practice that you can try along with your friend or loved one.
Partner yoga practice is an excellent way to find balance and grow trust—you end each session having a more profound relationship with your friend or partner, not to mention simply having fun together. This practice not only strengthens your understanding, but it lets you attempt poses that you otherwise may not have performed alone.
Throughout your practice, you’ll inspire and motivate each other by closely observing the moves each of you makes to perform the poses together.
Yoga poses for two people can be performed by all levels of yogis, and you don’t need to be an expert to do them. Always remember to listen to your body and never attempt anything that hurts or is beyond your limitations.
Twin Tree Pose
Tree pose, also known as Vrikshasana can be a difficult posture to balance when performed solo. But going into Twin tree pose with a partner will give you both some extra support and balance.
To do this:
>> Begin this pose by standing next to each other, looking in the same direction.
>> Stand a few feet apart, bring the palms of the inner arms together and draw them upward.
>> Both begin to draw your outer leg by bending the knee and touching the bottom of your foot to the thighs of your inner standing leg.
>> Balance this pose for five to eight breaths and then release slowly.
>> Repeat the pose by facing the opposite direction.
This pose helps you strengthen the core and takes your mind off that burn you’re feeling in your abs. This pose requires confidence, focus, and stability. You may fail a couple of times, but keep trying until you achieve the pose—the end result is worth it.
To do this:
>> Begin this pose sitting, facing each other with your knees bent and toes touching one another’s.
>> Grab and hold your partner’s wrists.
>> Firmly press the sole of your feet to your partner’s sole and begin to lift them up together.
>> Firmly hold each other’s hand and extend your legs as much as possible keeping your knees closer to your chest.
>> Make sure you and your partner keep your chests lifted and backs straight while you extend your legs.
>> Hold the pose for a few breaths and release carefully.
Temple pose is a peaceful pose for two people that can help free the arms and chest while giving the hamstrings a good stretch. It is simple and easy to perform, but can be challenging for people with back or neck problems.
To do this:
>> Begin the pose standing upright and facing each other.
>> Keep your feet wide, inhale while extending your arms, and bring them forward until the hands meet.
>> Slowly begin to bend forward until you and your partners’ hands, elbows, and forearms rest upon each other.
>> Your body should be bent at a 90° angle with your chest and abdomen parallel to the floor.
>> Balance by resting equal weights onto each other and hold this pose for a series of breaths.
>> Gradually walk toward each other and bring the torso upright and free each other’s arms.
While there are a lot of yoga poses for two people to perform, these three are some good basics to begin with. You will learn a lot about balancing with your partner in your poses—in your bodies, and in your relationship with them.