This is not a Hot Yoga or Glow Yoga workshop. We’re going to work at normal room temperature!
Partner yoga is the perfect way to take your asana practice to the next level and connect with someone at the same time.
Do I need to bring a friend?
You need to bring yourself! Lots of people bring themselves. You can bring a friend, or your mum/dad (it happens!) or another family member. For a truly special event bring the love of your life.
What is it?
Partner Yoga is exactly what you think – practicing Yoga with someone else. Sometimes a third person helps, or spots for balance, depending on the pose practiced.
Why would I do that?
For some people, the appeal of Yoga classes is partly that it’s a very individual practice – there’s (usually) never that silent groan when the instructor asks people to partner up. So here are the main reasons to open up that personal space every now and then in bring in another person.
- It’s good for your Yoga practice. Balance, strength, flexibility – all are challenged in a new way when the weight of a partner body is introduced. You’ll gain increased awareness of your own body position and movement, by feeling and seeing it happen in another.
- It’s bags of fun. There will be giggles, especially when there’s a considerable size difference between the two people practicing together. Stuff won’t always work first time, and puzzling out what went wrong can be hilarious.
- It connects people – couples, friends, family members, and strangers. It creates a shared experience – by the time we break halfway for tea, the room will be buzzing with conversation, and so will you.
- It’s good for You. Dissolving the usual personal space for a while in the supportive practice environment builds self-confidence and can be a deeply empowering experience.
How do I get involved?
1.Book you place!
2. Be there on the day!
Come along to our Partner Yoga worshop, on your own and ready to buddy-up, or with a friend/family member/someone special.
3. Follow these simple guidelines
Your instructor will talk you through all these on the day!
Be ready – there’s another person in your space! It’s all very friendly of course, because everyone is getting used to it at the same time.
Keep talking and stay sensitive – verbal feedback is really important to help people in and out of poses, and to make sure they’re physically and emotionally comfortable whilst in postures. But you can also feel tension and relaxation through your contact with them, and it’s important to listen to that too.
Be responsive – move with them, on the breath if possible, and clearly indicate when you can’t. Be aware of your partner’s body position and think about how you would feel. You might well fall into step with their breath – go with that if it happens.
A couple of Partner Yoga poses to try…
Be super careful if you want to try wither of these at home. It’s always safest to practice under the guidance of a qualified Yoga instructor. Please don’t attempt them unsupervised if you have current or previous neck, shoulder or back problems, or if you are in any doubt about how to do the poses.
Upward-looking angle pose (Upavistha Konasana)
Sitting with legs spread about 90 degrees, ankles a little flexed. Facing your partner (who is in the same setup – either of you sitting on blocks if that helps you sit up straight), bring the soles of your feet to touch. Hinge forward from the waist, taking hold of your partner’s hands or forearms. Moving with your breath, stretch forward as your partner gently leans backwards, maintaining the grip. Make sure there is no sense of stretch on the inner knee – feed back to your partner and stop if so. Otherwise, relax the head, neck, and shoulders and hold the posture for 8-10 breaths before swapping roles.
Downward Facing Dog (Mukha Svanasana)
Find your downward facing dog, hands spread wide, feet hip distance, and hips lifted, sit bones spread and pelvic floor engaged. Your partner stands with his or her feet near your head, facing away from you, taking quite a wide stance and then bringing hands to the mat with head hanging heavy. Your partner places their feet (or walks them up your back) to the back of your hips. It’s important to have clear contact between their feet and the back of your hip bones. Your partner walks their hands in under their own shoulders. Breath and be together. Find stillness in the posture, and hold for 8-10 breaths. Then, switch positions.