The word ‘yoga’ means union in Sanskrit, and this is exactly what partner yoga aims to achieve – creating a community! Partner yoga brings people together through movement, play, breath, touch and importantly, it rewards us with a deep sense of belonging and connection.
Sharing yoga postures with another is in an awesome way to create and nurture trust, strengthen communication and create a sense of laughter and lightheartedness. It is a beautiful medium for building stronger communication and intimacy in just about any kind of relationship, whether it is friendship, a family member, or your significant other.
Enhances Physical & Emotional Support
Both partners need to be fully engaged in the experience and rely on each other for the very creation of poses, and to maintain balance, alignment, and focus. This is a great way to heighten the connection you have with your special someone as you learn to let go, enhance your communication, be open and have full faith in each other for their full support in each of the poses.
Creating a Playground of Lightheartedness
Practicing with your loved ones can help to bring you closer. Relationships all go through lulls or rough patches when the status quo gets challenged and you need to work through them together. Partner yoga creates a fabulous sense of fun, and a sense of letting go and allowing you to not take yourselves and each other, and whatever problems exist around you, too seriously!
Improving Self-Awareness & Trust
In learning to trust another person, you deepen your ability to trust yourself. Partner Yoga practices reveal the beauty of our interdependence. We see that when we take the risk to become vulnerable in the presence of another, we are empowered to go much deeper with much less effort. This is also true in life. We can accomplish much more, with much more joy and ease when we support each other.
The Healing Power of Touch
As in a relationship, touch is also an integral part of partner yoga. Leverage and kinesthetic awareness all heighten the body’s ability to perform and make it possible to go more deeply into poses with less effort. We touch and are touched by others. We use the touch that we receive to increase our awareness of each other and to open ourselves to greater depths in our body and our minds.
Creating a Sense of Balance
We tend to have a particular tendency in our relational patterns. On one end of the spectrum, we may be so overly sensitive and yielding to others that we lose touch with a healthy boundary of self. At the other end, we may be so guarded, emotionally and energetically, that we are unable to make an authentic connection with others. There is no giver or receiver in a yoga pose within Partner Yoga. Both partners are fully engaged in their own experience, each with their own clear role of support for the other person – creating that perfect sense of balance.