In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are Tony Horton’s 5 favorite partner yoga poses for you to try with your sweetie or a friend. These yoga poses will not only increase your strength and flexibility, they’re also a great way to spend quality time with your partner!
Child’s Pose (0:35)
Partner 1: Kneel on the floor, bring your big toes together, and sit on heels. Separate your knees hip width and fold your chest forward. Reach arms straight forward and hold onto your partner’s ankles.
Partner 2: Modified down dog pose. Stand with feet hip-width apart and press palms of hands into your partner’s lower back. Take 5 deep breaths together. Switch positions, take 5 more deep breaths.
Chair Pose (1:50)
Stand facing your partner about three feet in front of you. With feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, lower your hips and reach out to grasp your partner’s forearms. Take an inhale together and on the exhale, lower your hips so that your thighs are parallel with the mat and lean back slightly so that your knees are over your ankles. Keep your spine straight, chest open and shoulder blades down the back. To keep your neck in alignment with the rest of your spine, Tony recommends to look into your partner’s eyes. Hold for 5 deep breaths.
For more of a challenge, maintain the grip on one side while lifting the other arm up and take 2 deep breaths together. Return your hand to your partner’s forearm, then lift the other arm up for 2 deep breaths, then return to grip both of your partner’s forearms. On an inhale, stand up together.
Boat Pose (2:45)
Sit on the floor facing your partner three feet apart with bent knees. Hold hands and press soles of feet together. Keeping the spine straight, chest open and shoulders down your back, lift the feet toward the ceiling by straightening the legs. Engage your core.
For more of a challenge, keep your arms stretched forward but let go of your partners’ hands for 5 breaths, then return to hold hands for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.
Reverse Warrior Pose (4:15)
First, move into Warrior II pose facing in opposite directions. Stand close and side by side with your partner. Step your outer foot to the side three-to-four feet with the front toes pointed 90 degrees toward the side wall and the front heel in line with the back arch. Lift arms up parallel with the floor, turn your head to face the side wall and bend the outer knee 90 degrees keeping the knee over the ankle. From Warrior II pose, lower the back arm down the leg and lift the front arm overhead reaching for your partner’s hand. Bend your elbow to create a “heart” shape with the arms. Hold for 5 breathes.
Double Dog Dare (4:45)
Partner 1: Downward-Facing Dog: Your hands and knees are on the floor in a table-top position, shoulders over wrists and hips over knees. Spread your palms and press into the floor as you lift your hips, straighten your knees, lengthen your spine and press your heels toward the floor. Shake your head gently left and right to relax the neck.
Partner 2: Lifted Downward-Facing Dog. Place hands firmly on the floor just in front of your partners’ hands and lift your feet onto their low back. With spread palms, press into the floor to elongate your spine. With your feet, press into your partner’s low back to lift your tailbone higher. Take 5 deep breaths together. Switch positions, take 5 more deep breaths.