Yoga poses for 2 to connect with your partner or BFF

Yoga is a great way to unwind and decompress at the end of a long day, but you don’t have to go it alone on the mat. In fact, some poses are even better when you pair up. Whether you’re a total beginner or an advanced yogi, these two-person yoga poses can help you connect with your friend or partner while building confidence and strength.

The definition of yoga is “yoke” or “union,” and while this union usually means between body and soul, yoga poses with a partner can also bring two people closer together. In fact, there’s no better way to connect with someone you love than by helping each other achieve your goals. It doesn’t matter if one of you is there for the flexibility and the other for the mental perks; as long as you practice together, you will reach your goals sooner.

On top of that, it’s just plain fun to try yoga in pairs, especially if you’ve been practicing solo for a while. Partner poses help you experience yoga from a different perspective, and the support (both physical and emotional) you receive can help you improve faster. And let’s face it: lying side-by-side in savasana at the end of your practice is pretty much a dream come true.

You do not know where to start ? Check out these couple yoga poses to help you relax while connecting with your best friend or partner.

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Sit back to back with your partner and cross your legs. Rotate to the left and place your left hand on your partner’s right knee. Meanwhile, your partner does the same. After a few breaths, you can both switch sides. This pose is a great way to connect and warm up before a more intense yoga flow.

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Although this pose looks acrobatic, it is actually quite simple to pull off. One of you assumes a standard yoga plank, while the other moves on a plank in the opposite direction. Stand just above your partner’s ankles and place your shins over your partner’s shoulders. Inhale Exhale.

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To do this intermediate yoga pose, start by sitting facing your partner. Press the soles of your feet together and grasp each other’s hands. Slowly support each other’s weight as you lift your legs simultaneously until you’re both in navasana, or boat pose.

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The tree pose is doubly fun when you do it with someone you love or your best friend. To start, find your balance solo in tree pose next to your partner. Next, hold your hands together as you slowly tilt your upper body towards your partner. Grab their other hand overhead to help stabilize each other.

Standing Double Backbend Pose

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This standing double backbend is a great way to increase your flexibility while supporting your partner. Stand face to face with at least a few feet between you. Reach your arms overhead and slowly lean back until you find your partner’s hands. Hold on to each other for stability and connection.

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To do this elevated downward facing dog pose with your partner, start in a traditional downward facing dog position. Then your partner can stand a few feet in front of you and lie forward until their hands are on the floor or mat. Then your partner can carefully place their feet on your lower back and lift them into downward dog.

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Warrior III can be very difficult, but doing it with your partner can make it much easier. To begin, stand facing in opposite directions. Switch to Warrior II, with your front leg bent and your back leg straight, then together lift your back leg off the ground. As you do this, grab your partner’s ankle with one hand and raise the other hand in the air.

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Whether you’re an advanced yogi or just starting out, trying the assisted headstand with your partner is a great way to strengthen your upper body while building confidence. To do this pose, you or your partner can practice standing on their hands while the other holds their legs and supports their weight.

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To stretch at the beginning or end of your practice, try this linked angle pose with your partner. One of you sits with the soles of your feet pressed together and your knees bent. The other sits with their back to you and leans back, then vice versa.

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Finally, at the end of your practice, lie down on your mat next to your partner in savasana, or corpse pose. Close your eyes, relax and hold hands as you decompress after your workout. You can even end by doing a short visualization or meditation together.