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Partner Yoga is a great way to learn surrender, build trust, and deepen intimacy. Partner Yoga can be practiced by anyone – no previous yoga experience is necessary. Some poses challenge your balance, strength and flexibility, others require your total trust and surrender. Each exercise and breathing technique uses the power of the partner dynamic to achieve more than one person could alone. From creative exercise to profound spiritual work, Partner Yoga delivers a diverse range of benefits to a wide array of people. This well rounded practice requires no special equipment and can be done in any open space (the living room, gym, or park).
For couples who want to explore safe, playful ways of being tender and loving together. You will take turns placing each other in restorative poses and then massaging your partner’s hands, feet, neck and face while they simply get to relax and melt. In poses and exercises, partners rely on each other’s support to keep correct body alignment, balance, and concentration. In a deeper sense, this physical support fosters deeper feelings of nurture and acceptance. Couples are reminded to respect their own and their partner’s limitations of stretching and physical fitness and not push beyond them to the point of discomfort.
1. How is partner yoga different from traditional yoga? Traditional yoga is an internally focused experience while partner yoga is about connecting, trusting, supporting, balance in relationship and play. Some poses challenge your balance, strength and flexibility, others require your total trust and surrender. You need to be mindful of your boundaries and limits while being sensitive to your partner’s boundaries as well. Each exercise and breathing technique uses the power of the partner dynamic to achieve more than one person could alone. From creative exercise to profound spiritual work, Partner Yoga delivers a diverse range of benefits to a wide array of people. This well rounded practice requires no special equipment and can be done in any open space (the living room, gym, or park). Working with a partner can also help you move beyond your own self-limiting ideas of what you can and can’t do. You experience being able to support and also be supported, trusting that someone will be there for you and letting someone trust you to be there for them, letting go and holding on as well. You can focus on your inner awareness and spirit and enrich your partner’s as well.
2. How does partner yoga enhance intimacy and communication? The poses are simply a doorway for you both to step deeper into your connection. When you stretch with you partner, your bodies melt each other’s tension and tightness. As a supportive partner, your role is to listen as well as share openly, and to treat the person you’re practicing with as you’d like to be treated. By exploring physical give-and-take, you and your partner can dive deeply into the principles that govern successful, supportive friendships and loving relationships. Be present and focus on each other during your partner yoga class or practice — and try not to take anything too seriously, Partner yoga is full of the hilarious and the divine
3. Is there a sensual aspect to Partner Yoga? Partner Yoga is not sexual in nature but can be emotionally intimate. It is a physical practice that can be done by couples, friends or families (mothers and daughters or sisters). Partner Yoga is not Tantra Yoga or any form of tantric practice. Tantra is a way for lovers to become united on more than just a physical level. Partner Yoga is not just for lovers. Partner Yoga is done fully clothed and there is no sexual touching that is involved. Participants are encouraged to come with their own partner since this is not a forum that encourages the exchange of partners. Partner Yoga honors and respects the commitments that couples have made to each other. Partner Yoga is open to couples of all orientations, gay, straight, bisexual or lesbian. If one does not have a romantic partner, one can still come with a good friend of either gender and feel comfortable and safe while engaging in the hands-on aspects of the practice.
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Jasmine Kaloudis teaches couples retreats near Washington DC, Philadelphia, NYC, as well as gentle beginner yoga in various Philadelphia area locations and is the author of the top mind body blogs and websites for 2011
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