It is practised using two people in various poses, some of which are partner-assisted stretches while others are mutually benefitting to both. Although it is a great form of increasing intimacy between couples, it is not limited to people who are romantically involved. Any willing partner- friends, relatives, fitness buddy or even kids can perform these asana. What differentiates partner yoga from ordinary yoga is the sensation of touch- we touch others as well as is touched by others.
Benefits Of Partner Yoga
Though partner yoga is fast emerging as a favourite among modern couples, it has its roots in the Vedic ages. Some benefits of this form of yoga are follows:
- Nurturing relationships: Practicing with life partner helps in bringing us closer emotionally and deepen the connection that was lost. Trust is an important factor in maintaining the balance as one partner's body weight is used to maintain pressure on the other. This is a great way to increase faith and support for each other
- Creating moments: Practising with loved ones creates moments of intimacy, playfulness, laughter and trust through the poses. It strengthens verbal and non-verbal communication. Partners start working through issues. Partners serve as the mirror to each other for that perfect alignment. Getting all sweaty with your life partner will produce endorphins and uplift your mood. You can try poses with a blind-fold and get all creative
- Power of touch: Partner yoga is about touch and stretch. It is not about intimate touch, but the pleasant touch. Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of touch however therapeutic touch relieves pain and also increases our body's awareness
- Team-building exercise: It is a great team-building exercise as we share our movements with our partner. It develops coordination between people, and also encourages team-building spirit. We need to trust each other to maintain balance in the postures and also maintaining synchronisation. While learning yoga we also learn about team spirit and how stronger we can be together than performing individually
- Traditional advantages: It has all the traditional advantages of a yoga in building muscles and maintaining fitness. It increases lung capacity as well as stretches the torso. Long term practitioners have reported musculoskeletal and mental health improvements
It is a great way to improve communication, intimacy and fitness among couples, friends, relatives and even kids through yoga asana that have been designed keeping these benefits in mind.
The classes are conducted for one hour (Evening 07:15 – 08:15 PM)