Picture it… you’ve had the worst day…it’s Monday. As if that’s not bad enough, you’re alarm didn’t go off. already late for work, you got stuck in traffic and missed an important meeting with your boss. You have 200 emails to get through…the phone is ringing off the hook and people keep coming into your office. After work, you need to throw some kind of dinner together before the PTA meeting.

Once you finally have time to relax, what do you do? If you’re like most people, you’ll plop down in front of the television until it’s time for bed.

How about something different? What if you took 15 minutes and did a yoga session with your partner, for relaxation.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga does the following:

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury

What exactly is partner yoga? It’s just what it sounds like, a yoga session, in which you and a partner perform yoga poses together, sometimes for strength, for stretching, or for relaxation as a few examples.

According to Do You Yoga there are 7 benefits to doing partner yoga:

  1. Strengthens physical and emotional relationship support
  2. Shapes shared memories
  3. Helps you release stress
  4. Brings you closer together
  5. Learn about yourself and build trust each other
  6. Touch enhances the ability to perform
  7. Enhance your balance

Here are a few examples of some partner poses:

For more information on partner yoga and to see how to do these 5 poses, follow this link: Do You Yoga.

If you’d like to give it a try with some guidance and examples, here is an instructional video for PARTNER YOGA-RELAXING STRETCHES FOR BEGINNER COUPLES:

 

The photos in this article and in the featured photo are courtesy of DoYouYoga.com

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