Want to try out a slightly different style of yoga? Try Partner Yoga. Partner yoga offers partners: couples, friends, siblings, parents and children, roommates, or even strangers the chance to experience yoga together all the while building strength and relationships. Because of the lifts and balancing involved, partner yoga is a terrific way to build trust and intimacy.
In general, partners assist one another with challenging moves such as hand and headstands, balance poses such as the double tree, and very deep, resistance-based stretching. Partner yoga poses are generally done at a slow pace, and maintaining correct form and proper breathing is emphasized.
Whether in a class or at home, common partner poses include:
- Downward-facing dog
- Tree Warrior
A particularly popular form of partner yoga is the San Francisco-based Acroyoga, which combines traditional yoga poses and mediation with beginner acrobatics. Mother-and-child yoga and, at the other end of the spectrum, nude couples yoga have also attracted large audiences. For most types of partner yoga, would-be practitioners should have a degree of familiarity with basic yoga poses.