Try these simple yoga poses with a friend for a bonding and relaxing experience.
We often think of yoga as a solo activity. Even if we participate in a class with others, we are usually focused on ourselves, and our own process of self-development through the practice.
However, there is something to be said for practicing yoga as a pair, or a couple. For one thing, doing yoga with a friend can help you both stay accountable and commit to a regular yoga practice. But beyond that, continued research overwhelmingly proves that humans are social creatures, and according to this article at Mind Body Green, “social bonds are scientifically proven to help us live not only a happier life but a longer one.”
Since yoga is in many ways such an inward practice, it is interesting to combine the benefits of yoga with the social aspects of working with a partner. As the article mentioned above states, “Sharing a restorative yoga sequence with a trusted companion can offer up the combined benefits of lifting spirits and making it easier for us to actually relax.”
Here are 4 easy, relaxing and restorative yoga poses to try with a friend, spouse, or trusted partner:
1.) Restorative Twist
Start sitting back-to-back with your partner and begin to sync your breath. From there, one of you can twist to the right while the other twists to the left. Breathe for three counts. Repeat on the other side.
Lie down on your back side-by-side with your partner and bring your calves to rest on a couch, chair, or any other elevated surface. Lift your hands above your head and grasp opposite elbows. Breathe deep. Stay here for as long as you like, or at least 5 deep, slow breaths.
3.) Legs Up the Wall
Start lying on your backs with your butt as close to a wall as possible. Bring your legs up to rest against the wall. Bring your arms above your head and stay there for as long as you want.
4.) Supported Meditation
Sit back-to-back with your partner, and take a deep breath together. From there, place your palms to your knees, bring them to face up, and drop into your meditation. This is a grounding and bonding experience where you both support each other gently as you meditate.
(See pictures of each pose at MindBodyGreen.com.)