YOGA FOR LOVERS
With Valentine’s day behind us why not give your Hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga practice a twist and use it to strengthen your relationship while having some fun!
Hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga are both amazing disciplines with a long list of great benefits. Most of the time they have individualistic approaches but from time to time it is good to spice it up, give it a twist and enjoy time with your loved ones. Either it’s your friend, kid, family member or your love bird, in couple yoga is all about building connection and trust, about playfulness and fun!
Couples yoga is a shared experience focused more on the connection with one another rather than just yourself. Couples yoga is a great way to take Hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga poses and incorporate them into a modern form of connection with others. By engaging in couples yoga poses with your partner, you are accessing a whole new realm of benefits for both you as individuals and for your relationship together.
Some of the benefits are:
- Building up the communication, understanding and trust muscles
- Increase stability and calm to your relationship
- Creating new experiences and memories together
We prepared a few beginner poses that you can play with on this Valentine’s day!
Double child pose
- Position yourself face to face with your partner
- Sit on your heals
- Gently fold forward into a child pose
- Let your torso rest on top of your tights
- Hands are stretched infant of your body and make your fingertips touch
- In this restorative space, while in the pose you can contemplate on what are you grateful for in your partner
- While exiting the pose you can both bow to each other and say thanks for holding the space
Try this one only if you are already comfortable practicing headstand alone.
- Position yourself facing each other in the preparation phase, while during the headstand you will be positioned back to back
- Prepare your arms for a headstand position, either tripod or triangle shape. It is important that both of you are doing the same hand variation.
- On inhale, lift your legs up in the headstand position. Take a few breaths there, focusing on your core and balance
- Once you are ready, bend your knees and see if you can press each other feet together
- Work on finding the right balance on both sides, so you feel each other support rather.
- Like in any healthy relationship the balance is the key, too much pushing or inertia from one side can disturb the balance of the whole.
Twin Janu Sirsasana
- Sit with your legs straight facing each other
- Your feet are connected
- Straighten your back and bend the opposite knee so that you are mirroring your partner.
- With the foot that stayed connected, remind each other to keep it active
- You can stay here and breath 5-10 breaths or if you are an intermediate practitioner you can gently fold forward, while holding hands and assisting each other in a gentle forward fold.
Practicing this sequence is quicker than taking a whole Hatha yoga class online or a Kundalini yoga class online with a yoga instructor or yoga teacher. You’ll still receive the major benefits of the pose, while also connecting with others! This is easy to do and will require only 10- 30 minutes.