By TNT Bureau
Dec 8, 2017: If you get bored practicing yoga alone, try these poses to strengthen your relationship. These simple partner poses will help both of you immensely.
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
Sit back-to-back with your partner in Staff Pose (Dandasana). Silently establish a breath rhythm that you can feel along the spine. Sit straight or lean forward into a Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana). Make sure that both the partners? spine touch each other. Breathe in together and out together for 3?5 minutes.
This pose establishes body contact and reduces anxiety by developing a stable and shared sense of breath control.
Paschimottanasana, the seated forward bend, is the fifth of the 12 basic postures of hatha yoga. There are many benefits of this posture, the main and most obvious one is to provide a complete stretch of the entire backside of the body from the back of the head through the heels. Immediately following this is the counterstretch, the inclined plane.
This posture stretches the hamstrings on the back of the legs. It stretches and lengthens the entire spine, massages the internal organs, especially the digestive organs, relieves digestive problems such as constipation. It stimulates manipura chakra (solar plexus center). It also calms the mind and improves concentration.
Sukhasana (Easy Pose with eyes opened)
Sit across from your partner in Easy Pose and maintain eye contact. Reach your arms forward at chest level and join palms with your partner, moving forward and back in a push-pull motion at a moderate pace for 3?11 minutes. This pose establishes a shared energy between the couple. Coordination, attention, and support are realized by sustaining the rhythm for several minutes.
This pose is one of the classic meditative poses, which help to straighten the spine, slow the metabolism and calm the mind. If you find that holding the pose is uncomfortable, place a folded blanket under the back of your buttocks. In order to stretch the leg muscles evenly, be sure to alternate which leg you place on top in the posture. Sukhasana calms the brain, strengthens the back, and stretches the knees and ankles.
Sukhasana (Easy Pose with eyes closed)
Sit across from your partner in Easy Pose. Use your fingertips to trace and touch your partner?s face while sustaining slow prana breaths for 2?3 minutes. Alternate from one partner to another. You?re developing an awareness of your partner without sight, and you?re enhancing trust by letting your partner touch you with limited anticipation or control.
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-of-the-Knee Pose)
Move into Revolved Head-of-the-Knee Pose, as you both move in and out of posture for 3?5 minutes, maintaining eye contact. You?re creating a shared tempo that links movement, breath, and eye contact. This also requires one partner to accommodate the other to stay together, reducing a dynamic of trying to be better than one another and keeping you both working together.
This yoga posture stretches hamstrings, sides of the body and shoulders. It calms the mind, relieves anxiety, fatigue, and mild depression. It stimulates abdominal organs, improves digestion, and opens the hip.
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