Yogis Unite: 3 Partner Yoga Poses to Build Trust

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Whether Valentine’s Day makes you feel snuggly and warm, desperate to grab the nearest tub of ice cream or completely indifferent, these partner yoga poses are the perfect way to have some fun with whoever you choose to spend the day.

If you’re in a relationship, then it will give you some quality time together practicing your balance and building trust, or if you’re single then you can chill with your bestie having fun with each pose, too!

3 Partner Yoga Poses to Increase Trust– And Fun!

1. Wide Leg Seated Forward Bend

partner yoga posesThis yoga pose is a nice one to start with as it’s fairly simple and a lot of fun– you’ll feel like you’re on a seesaw!

  • Sit on a yoga mat facing each other with your legs open wide. One of you should be pressing your feet against the other person’s shins as you hold hands.
  • The partner whose feet are pressing against the other person’s shins then leans back as the other partner bends forward into the gap between the legs, both keeping straight backs.
  • Hold this position for a few seconds before returning to the starting position and swapping over, so each partner gets a stretch.

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2. Boat Pose

partner yoga posesThese partner yoga poses are particularly great for building trust as you will need to hold on to each other and work together to ensure you remain stable.

  • Sit on a yoga mat or blanket facing each other with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent, so they’re close to your chest.
  • Hold your partner’s hands and slowly bring your heels together, so your toes are off the floor.
  • Gently both straighten your legs together as you lift your feet up towards the ceiling and lean back slightly while keeping your shoulders pulled back and down so your spine is straight.
  • Hold for 5-10 seconds and then gently lower together.

3. Tree Pose

partner yoga posesWhat better way to develop your trust in each other and improve your strength together than standing tall like a tree united as one? Ok, that does sound a bit sappy (oops, there I go again!), but this position is great for learning how to work together while also focusing on improving your balance.

  • Stand next to your partner on a yoga mat and bring the sides of your hips together as you wrap your inside arm around each other’s waist.
  • Keeping the leg closest to your partner strong as your support, each raise your outside leg and rest your foot on the inner thigh of your supporting leg.
  • Bring your outside arm towards your partner and place your hands together to form a prayer position.
  • If you feel stable, lift your prayer hands up together towards the ceiling and let go of the prayer position once your outside hands are above your heads so you can both straighten your arms.

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