Yoga Poses for Couples

Submitted by Matt Papa on July 1, 2017
A yoga session with a friend, a family member, or a significant other promotes many health benefits and provides a wonderful opportunity to nurture and sustain relationships.

The word "yoga" is a Hindu word that means union. It is a spiritual discipline that primarily involves breath control, meditation, and physical postures.

This union ordinarily refers to the body and spirit of one person, but the union may also be broadened to refer to couples.


A yoga session with a friend, a family member, or a significant other promotes many health benefits and provides a wonderful opportunity to nurture and sustain relationships.

If your yoga sessions are taking away precious time from your loved ones and causing relationship problems, this is clearly not the intention of yoga. Every effort should be made to correct this problem, if there is one, including involving them in your ritual of finding inner peace through yoga.

Yoga for couples heightens your individual yoga practice, while also taking your relationship with someone else to a new level of shared fun and good health.

Simple breathing exercises and deliberate yoga movements create balance and convey a strong sense of peaceful connection between two persons, on top of the following health benefits for you and your partner:

  • Healthier bones and joints
  • Better skin tone and muscle strength
  • Improved energy and vitality
  • Better metabolism and weight control
  • Cardiovascular health

Below are a few poses and activities that you can both perform in a twin-sharing yoga mat for bonding and good health:

Breathing

  • Start in a comfortable sitting posture with backs leaning against each other.
  • Breathe alternately with your partner, inhale and exhale.
  • Continue the routine for 3-5 minutes.

Twist

  • Begin the exercise in seated posture ,with legs crossed and backs pressed against each other.
  • Exhale and twist to the right, simultaneously bringing right hand to inside of partner's left knee and left hand to the outside of your right knee or thigh.
  • Hold this position for three to five breaths, then gently move to the opposite side and repeat the same of process.

Double Downward Dog

  • Start the downward dog position in crawling position, hands and feet pressed toward to the floor while holding torsos upwards.
  • Walk backwards and until you are able to walk your feet to the outside of your partner's lower back. Keep moving forward and back for at five to seven breaths.
  • Allow your partner to do the same, then release feet when done.

Partner Forward Fold

  • Start in sitting position with wide open legs in front of each other.
  • Move arms toward your partner and hold each other's forearm.
  • Inhale deeply through the length of your spine and exhale as one of you bends forward from the hips and the other sits back. Make sure to keep the spine and arms in straight position.
  • Stay in this position for five to seven seconds.

Buddy Boat

  • Start in a relaxed seated position facing each other, with knees bent and toes touching each other. Reach for partner's wrists.
  • Gently move soles of feet together toward the upper body, notably the chest.
  • With straight spine and open chest, move to straighten legs.
  • This can be challenging position, but try to keep your spine straight and your legs steady. Stay focused and playful. If you can't keep both legs straight, just do it one leg at a time.
  • Stay in this position for five to seven seconds.

With regular practice and constant companionship as yoga buddies, these simple postures and movements can take your companionship to new levels of physical and spiritual bonding and wellness.

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