Celebrities like Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt and Kareena Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan have endorsed the many benefits of couple yoga. There are certain yoga poses that can help busy couples to bond better!
Whether or not you are amongst them, here are 5 poses for you to try together.
Lie flat on your stomach with arms close to your body. Ask your partner to stand with his legs on either side of your hips. Hold each other’s wrists and let your partner pull you up as he bends backwards. You should arch back as he pulls. Both of you must stretch as much as possible and hold the pose for 30 seconds.
The pose activates your thyroid gland, revs your metabolism and strengthens back/neck muscles.
Dunking for apples pose
Sit on the floor facing each other, legs stretched outwards in a V shape, your partner’s feet touching your ankles. Grab each other by the elbows so your arms are locked together. Hold this posture and let your partner lean back, keeping his back straight. You bend forward as he leans back. Hold it for 2-3 breaths. Now ask your partner to do the same. Switch sides and repeat.
The position strengthens the spine, activates your reproductive glands besides toning and strengthening upper arms.
Double tree pose
Stand side by side, your abs touching. Bend the knee of the outer leg, pull the foot up with your hands and lock on to the inner thigh of the opposite leg. Ask your partner to do the same. Pressing the knee back will help you stay stable. Now interlock each other’s inner arms and stretch them up. Extend the outer arms out to your sides. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.
Doing this pose help strengthen your ankles, calves, spine and thigh muscles. Moreover, it enhances your neurological balance, boosts your confidence and improves your concentration.
Lie on your back with arms parallel to your legs. Ask your partner to kneel over you with his right knee touching the ground and left knee bent at 90 degrees to the body. Allow him to raise your left leg straight up without raising your hips and gently push your toes towards your chest. Switch legs and repeat.
The pose relaxes your muscles through passive stretches, eases stress off joints, tone legs and improves your partner’s posture.
Couple warrior pose
Start standing back to back with your partner, legs joined and arms in a namaskar pose. Open your legs about three to four feet wide, keeping your back straight. Turn your right foot 90 degrees out and your left foot approximately 45 degrees inward. Ask your partner to do the same with the opposite legs. Now, both of you raise your arms overhead, palms facing each other. Make sure that your left foot and his right foot criss-cross. Now, both of you bend backwards so that your palms and heads touch. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.
The posture improves your posture and body balance. It strengthens your ankles, legs and shoulders. It also works on your back muscles and tones the abdomen.