There are a lot of ways that you and your partner can get fit together. You can join a gym, go for a hike, play tennis but nothing is more sensual and fun than couple’s yoga. Yoga by yourself is a practice that helps sustain and stabilize your mind, body and soul. When you do it with your partner or a friend it opens up a whole other dimension.(in the photo: my husband, Alexander F Rodriguez and myself)
Couple’s yoga is based on trust, strength and being optimistic.
It is a playful adventure between you and your partner that helps to create a more loving bond between the two of you.
Here are some tips on how to try couple’s yoga at home.
* Use a yoga mat or something that does not slip and clear a space for the two of you to work.
You will definitely fall a couple times so make sure that there is nothing that you or your partner can hit.
Give yourself more than enough room, it’s amazing how far you can fall.
The beach or park is a perfect place to practice because the ground is soft and you have plenty of space.
* Start with airplane.
We all did this at one point in our childhood.
The bigger, stronger person is lying down with their legs up, place their feet directly on the other persons hip bones and slowly lean forward.
The one on top needs to reach up and forward with their back as the bottom person keeps strong legs and brings their partner directly over their body.
Once you feel confident you can start to release each others hands.
The person on top really needs to lift up through their chest to prevent from falling forward.
* Once you feel confident with doing airplane without holding hands, you can move onto bow pose.
This takes a lot of practice and patience.
Once the top person is up, they carefully reach back and grab their ankles up into bow pose.
The bottom person has to tune into each movement the top person makes so that you both maintain the balance.
The key here is to move slowly so that you can work in sync. Click here to see how to do bow pose.
* Try the pose in the picture!
The bottom person places their feet on the lower arch of the other persons back.
Start off holding hands again then once you feel secure you can release.
Both of you should have a slight bend in your legs as the top person leans back the bottom person lifts them up so that their legs are directly in line with their hips. The top person must not bring their feet too far past their own hips because they can lose control and drop their partner on their head.
This takes a lot of trust in each other but once you master it, not only does it feel amazing on your body but it feels amazing on your spirit.
* For the adventurous…..Try
LOVE is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts. – Unknown