Yoga has become the chant of the world recently. More and more people are leaving gyms and starting yoga exercises to not only stay fit physically but also mentally and emotionally. Sex too is affected by the physical, emotional and mental well being of you and your partner and to get that in sync, couples yoga is the best way.
Couples yoga is not exactly sensual or something, but actually, it focuses more on the synchronicity of the couple’s breathing, posture and movements. This in itself needs a whole new level of trust between two people and you need to pay close attention to what the other person is doing. And to help you in this process, we bring to you a list of couple yoga poses you can try-
1. Breathing exercise
Sit in a comfortable position with your partner with backs touching and start breathing alternatively ie., when you inhale your partner exhales and vice-versa. This exercise will help you get in sync with your partner and have a proper breathing rhythm with them.
2. Double down dog
Both start in a tabletop position one in front of the other, walk knees and feet back 5 or 6 inches, tucking toes under so you are on the balls of the feet. On an exhale, lift sit bones upward and bring the body into a downward V shape so you both start in a traditional downward-facing dog pose. Begin to slowly walk feet and hands back until it is accessible to gently walk your feet to the outside of their lower back, finding the back of their hips until you are both in a stable and comfortable position. This pose helps strengthen your spine while improving communication and trust.
3. Partner Twist
Start in a seated position with legs crossed at the ankles or shins and your backs resting against each other. Rest hands on thighs or knees and allow yourself to feel and connect with your partner. Inhale and reach arms overhead, lengthening the spine as you reach up. Exhale and twist to the right, bringing your right hand to the inside of your partner's left knee and your left hand to the outside of your right knee/thigh. Your partner should mirror the movement. This helps in cleansing the body and in the detoxifying process. This is also a fun way to encourage playfulness between you and your partner.
4. Flying bow/wheel pose
The base lies down on their back with their knees bent and feet flat on the ground. The flier stands facing away from the base near their feet. The base places their feet firmly at the flier's lower back with his heels resting on their glutes. Flier bends backwards reaching with their arms. Base reaches and grabs onto the flier’s shoulders. Base lifts their legs straight into the air, lifting the flier off the ground at the same time. This pose is a back and heart opener requires the most trust and strength and will leave you feeling blissful.
5. Back-to-back backbend/forward bend
Begin seated, back to back. Have one partner extend his legs and lean forward into a fold (for tight hamstrings bend the knees slightly, or place a rolled up towel under the knees for support). The other partner places both feet on the floor and slowly presses backward, potentially into a gentle backbend. you'll definitely have fun getting there with your girlfriend. You will depend on each other for balance, but even if you're wobbly, it makes for laughter and bonding while strengthening your core and spine.