Easy Yoga Poses For Two People – Beginners Guide To Couples Yoga
Easy Yoga Poses For Two People – Beginners Guide To Couples Yoga
You don’t really have to be an expert in yoga to try it out with a partner.
In fact, these 12 fun yoga poses for two people are so easy, anyone can do them.
Even if you are a complete beginner!
All you have to do is pick up your bestie, bring a yoga mat, and start bending :)
Couples yoga became so popular in the past few years.
And there’s a damn good reason why – IT’S SO MUCH FUN!
So, today we are going through every single detail you need to know to start couples yoga as a beginner.
It’s may look challenging and a bit scary at first, but once you get going, you’ll never want to stop.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
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Beginners Guide To Couples Yoga *What You Should Know Before You Start*
You Are A Beginner
For starters, just make sure to approach it as a beginner.
Practicing yoga with a partner is not as fun as it looks if you are starting off with the wrong poses.
Even if you are not a beginner in yoga, you’ll still have to start as a beginner when you are approaching the couples yoga.
This is mainly because it’s a totally different experience, with a whole lot of new skills you are going to grow during your practice.
It’s all about teamwork.
Just start slow, with the first few easy yoga poses, before moving onto advanced.
We’ll get to them in a minute.
Learn To Get Comfortable
There will be contact and a lot of touching with your yoga partner.
It’s easier if you do it with your bestie or with your significant other. However, if you decide to start attending yoga classes, be prepared to get in contact with someone you don’t know that well.
The faster you get comfortable, the easier it would be.
So, loosen up your boundaries and train yourself to get comfortable when touching a complete stranger.
Communication Is Key
Verbal communication is key when trying out yoga for two.
If something feels good and is working for you, make sure to let your partner know.
Also, do it the other way around too. If they don’t speak up, ask them how is it working for them.
This will help you improve and make the partners yoga a much better experience in general.
Learn To Trust And Let Go
You have to put trust in your yoga partner, so don’t be afraid to do so.
Trust that your partner is here for you. If you fall down, both of you will fall down and will get right back up.
To be honest, this is something I struggled with the most when I was trying out couples yoga.
Those moments when it was hard for me to determine where am I in space (being upside down for example) were pretty scary for me.
I was so tight and couldn’t let go, mainly because I have a fear of heights, but also because I wasn’t trusting my partner and myself completely.
Once you learn to trust and let go, all of that unknown will allow you to explore your body from a completely different perspective.
The trust you allow yourself to feel while being suspended in the air by someone, or pulling away, takes a lot of courage, and a little bit of trust in yourself as well.
So, learn to trust in yourself first, and in your partner, so you could really learn to let go.
Partners Yoga For Beginners Beginners Easy Yoga Poses For Two People
Partners yoga can be pretty challenging, but, we’re starting with some basic and easy yoga poses for two people, before moving on to some advanced moves
These first few poses are great for beginners, and you don’t really need to be a yoga expert to get through them.
They are the ones you should begin, since they’ll make sure to get in the mood and prepare you for what’s coming next.
Just keep in mind to always listen to your body, have fun and don’t do anything that hurts.
Let’s get started!
#1 Seated Breathing Pose
I know what you’re probably thinking right now :)
But, please don’t skip this one, because believe it or not, it’s the perfect warm-up pose.
So, simply get into a sitting pose with your backs against each other, and just breathe.
Try to synchronize your breathing patterns and relax.
#2 Seated Twist Pose
Now, from the breathing pose, start going into a twist.
Twist your torso, while touching your right knee with your left arm, and your partner’s left knee with your right arm.
Stay in this pose for 10 breaths, before moving on to the other side.
*Important Note: Don’t forget to keep your smile on, throughout the whole movement :)
#3 Temple Pose
You’ll have to stand up for this next pose.
Start by facing each other in a standing position.
Your feet should be under your hips while you extend your arms overhead, and begin to hinge them forward until you meet hands with your partner.
Start going into a forward fold, bringing your elbows, forearms, and hands to rest against your partners.
Release your chest and belly toward the floor, making sure to rest equal weight against each other.
#4 Standing Forward Fold
Another ‘basic’ one is the standing forward fold.
Start by standing back to back with your partner.
Raise your arms up to touch, and start hinging into a forward fold.
Usually, you’ll touch your feet or the ground in front of you, however, when doing it with your partner you can hold hands or elbows.
Don’t forget to exchange a smile :)
#5 Twin Tree Pose
Now, this is where it gets a bit more challenging on the balance and steadiness.
Start by standing next to each other, shoulder to shoulder, with your feet around hip-width apart.
Your inside leg should be on the floor, holding your weight and making sure you keep your balance, while you slowly lift your other leg, bending it at the knee and placing the sole of your foot against the inside of your thigh.
If you are not comfortable with your balance, place it on the inside of your lower leg.
However, avoid placing it against the inside of your knee, so either up or down from your knee.
Hold each other together with your arms in front, and with the touching arms facing above your head.
#6 Twisty Side Stretch
The next one is the twisty side stretch.
You’re basically going into a wide leg forward fold, but instead of placing your hands in front of you, twist to touch your left foot with your right palm.
Your partner goes the opposite way, touching the right foot with the left arm.
Extend your other arm up, trying to meet your partner’s palm.
Stay for 5-6 breaths, before moving on to the other side.
* This feels amazing on your back and hammies :)
#7 Double Boat Pose
Here’s another beginner pose that’s a bit challenging for the hammies and the core.
What you should do is sit facing one another.
Bend your knees, press soles of feet together, and grasp each other’s hands.
Keep your feet together as you slowly start leaning back, lengthening your legs and reaching your feet upward into a boat pose.
If this feels like too much, try this moderation for beginners: