Partner And Group Yoga

Partner yoga is the latest trend in yoga practice. In a traditional yoga class, you practice the different yoga poses or asanas and focus on your own breath and alignment whereas in partner yoga (or group yoga), two or more people perform different poses but incorporate another person’s presence to go deeper into a pose.

A typical partner yoga sequences is totally unlike partner-assisted yoga where one person performs the pose and the other stands by and assists.

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This is more of an interdependent partnership, and partner yoga benefits both people at the same time. Since there is no particular giver or receiver in partner yoga, it makes it an ideal yoga practice to help people tackle issues such as trust, dependency, emotional conflicts and lack of communication. Ideally practiced with a life-partner, a close friend, or family member, partner yoga for beginners or seasoned yogis can be a wonderful way to introduce touch, humor, play and consciousness into any relationship.

Partner Yoga Poses

When it comes to practicing different poses or asanas, partner yoga or group yoga poses demand control of movement. Depending on what both (or all) participants are looking for, movement from posture to posture can be done rapidly for a more cardio-vascular workout to more slow and controlled movements that are best for stamina building and meditation.

When choosing a partner for this type of yoga, it would be best if you choose someone who is has the same yoga experience as you or as close to you as possible. However, many yoga teachers believe that pairing two people of different levels of experience also helps deal with feelings of awareness, patience, self-esteem, and issues with the ego. This helps maximize the benefits received by both parties. Many people also wonder about practicing this form of yoga with a partner who weighs much more or is much taller or shorter than they are. You should know that differences in height and weight or other features of both partners don’t really affect the benefits of partner yoga. However, experts believe that mismatched couples often bring out the best in each other when it comes to deepening postures and supporting each other. There are also partner yoga classes and poses for kids. Many parents are opting for these classes to have fun with their child and get to know him or her in a completely new way.

When practicing partner yoga (much like any other yoga class) always dress comfortably, make sure the room is well heated and ventilated and be conscious of your breath throughout the session. If you practice any pose on one side, make sure you repeat the same pose on the other side before moving on. Some popular partner yoga poses include:

For parents practicing with their children, adjust the routine to match the child’s fitness levels and flexibility.

Most kids love to learn new yoga poses and can be taught very easily.

Partner Yoga Benefits

  • These yoga poses can be done anywhere with no need for special equipment.
  • Partner yoga allows you to make the most of each asana by opening up your body more deeply than when practicing yoga alone.
  • Partner yoga also helps improve alignment and balance.
  • The poses in partner yoga increases concentration and alertness.
  • It helps build trust and also understanding between partners
  • These poses help in teaching partners the concept of total surrender and helps deal with emotional issues such as security and attachment.
  • It increases creativity of both partners.
  • It increases feelings of awareness and compassion between partners.
  • Enhances intimacy in emotional and sexual relationships.
  • Allows a partner to see things from a different perspective.
  • Has all the health benefits of a normal yoga practice such as improves fitness and stamina levels, calms the mind, and creates a spiritual connection with the world around.
  • Teaches both partners to relax and enjoy the moment. Partner yoga can be a happy humorous type of yoga that helps relieve stress and tension.
  • Teaches both partners how to deal with challenges and work as a team.

It is important to have a trained and certified yoga professional to help you with the poses of Partner Yoga. This will help in drawing out the maximum benefits from the pose without worrying about any side effects such as injuries.

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