Like air and water, touch is one of the basic human needs. Unfortunately, somewhere between infancy and adulthood, this fulfilling nourishment from touch is virtually lost in today’s high-tech world of machines and modems. Couple Yoga re-introduces this healing power of touch to help you add more zing to your relationships.
Couple yoga is a fun way of learning yoga with a partner. We will teach you simple or advanced ways to help and assist each other do yoga asanas that will:
- tone your body
- expand your mind
- keep you healthy.
What is it?
Couple yoga is a method through which two people do yoga together. Most movement need to help and support each other. Couple yoga can be done with any one – husband-wife, and also with corporates where it not about intimacy, but more about team building.
Choice of the movement is decided as per the need and objective of the couple. So, there are postures which are very intimate traditional tantric postures.
One of the most beautiful and effective form of couple yoga is when your kid is your partner. Age is no bar here, you can start at the age of five onwards. You will not only give your child a feel of your presence and sharing, but will also give your child the gift of yoga, which will help him/her in the long run. Your child will help you to bend further and improve our flexibility. This is a good way to connect with your child. This will add in to his/her confidence.
Few objectives of couple yoga
- To get to know each other on non-verbal level. This improves the relationship.
- To be able to accomplish the postures you think are impossible.
- Sharing quality time and physical interaction gives a feeling that you are there for them.
- Improves concentration and flexibility.
- Is a creative way to channel their energies.
- Improves their confidence.
- Has a relaxing effect, which improves quality of sleep.
- Helps control mood swings.
- Includes laughter yoga. Creates happy hormones which boosts their immune system.
- Helps to cure asthma and bronchial diseases.
- Team building
- To improve communication
- To connect
- To share.
- To share postures with more intensity
- To get and give a helping hand to perform better postures
- To make your yoga practice exciting and fun.
Couple yoga asanas
A few other favourite couple yoga asanas:
- Tada asana
- Natraj asana
- Paschimouttan asana
- Veera asana
- Adhomukhi swan asana
- Dhanura asana
- Pad uttaan asana
- Shalabha asana.
So, try this new form of yoga and change the way you live.
In Trikonasana, the couple stands back to back. Once you feel the back of the partner, open your feet wide apart – at least a meter wide. Both partners should point one of their feet outwards on one side. Raise both arms at a shoulder level. If the couple likes they can hold hands and bend to one side. They can then raise the other arm up and look at the upper hand. Make sure the posture is well coordinated and both partners help balance and stretch in the posture.
Benefits:Trikonasana is good for side stretch, brings mental and physical balance. The couple develops more confidence and learn to balance while they do not have eye contact at the level of feeling and touching.
Stand side by side; fix your gaze at one point in the front. Place your arm around your partner’s waist. Feel the connection with your partner. When you feel ready, bend your knee and place your foot at your inner tight as given in the picture. When both of you are feeling balanced, raise one arm to shoulder length.
Benefits: Vrikshasana is one of the best asana for improving concentration and sense of balance. It helps couples to bond well with each other. It is also good for lungs and middle-ear infections.
Both partners should sit in front of each other. Then, gently bend both knees hold each other’s hand, touching each others feet. As you both feel comfortable slowly start stretching your legs. Make sure your partner is feeling comfortable. Sometimes one person is more flexible then the other. Coordination and understanding between the partners is very important for this posture.
Benefits: Naukasana strengthens the abdominal muscles, gives a nice stretch to the hamstring. You can help your partner gain more flexibility.
One partner lies down on the floor then bends his knees. The other partner comes next to the feet and both hold each other’s hands. Lying down person places his/her feet on the pelvic of the standing partner. Standing partner leans forward and the lying down person straightens his/her legs. This posture looks very acrobatic and difficult, but is actually not so tough.
Benefits: Doing this tough asana correctly gives you a great feeling of confidence and achievement.
Yanasana also gives strength in legs of the lying down person and it is good for the back of the flying person.