Partner yoga is becoming increasingly popular. The yoga poses for two people, essentially, work towards enhancing the relationship quotient among couples. However, any two individuals can practice different Asanas together. They can be just friends or even two strangers coming together for a reason. It’s more about trust and surrender that weaves the magic here. We have put together six such poses that any two people can practice together. Read through to know more.

6 Asanas That Two People Can Practice Together

Ardha Uttanasana – Half Forward Fold

Ardha Uttanasana for Two People
Ardha Uttanasana for Two People
  • Stand opposite each other, and feet separated hip-distance apart. Roll the shoulders back and away from the ears. Lock the knees and activate the quadriceps. Engage the thigh and core muscles.
  • Inhale and lift the arms over the head, aligning it with the ears.
  • While exhaling, push the hips back. Simultaneously, fold forward halfway until the palms of the partners are in contact.
  • Gently, with each exhalation, deepen the forward fold in such a way that the torsos come parallel to the floor. Rest the arms, forearms, and arms against each other.
  • Balance the weight equally by pressing the feet into the floor.
  • Gaze into each other’s eye.
  • Hold the posture for seven to nine breaths.
  • On the tenth inhalation, walk gently closer to each other. Release the arms and roll the torso up to come back into the starting position.

Vrkshasana – Tree Pose

Vrkshasana for Two People
Vrkshasana for Two People
  • Stand next to each other. Separate legs as wide as the hips. Lengthen the spine and roll the shoulders away from the ears.
  • Shift the weight of the body to the outside leg [for one it will be the right and the other one, the left].
  • Bend the inside leg and rest soles on the inner thigh of the balancing leg.
  • Rest the inside arm across the partner’s back on the waist.
  • Inhale and bring the outside arm at heart level and join the palms to make a Namaste mudra.
  • Close the eyes, if possible, and hold the Asana for seven to nine breaths.
  • On an exhale, release the bent knees and come back to standing position.
  • Repeat the practice with the same leg by turning to the opposite side.

Virabhadrasana III – Warrior III

Virabhadrasana III Partner Yoga
Virabhadrasana III Partner Yoga
  • Stand opposite to each other, grounding the feet firmly into the floor.
  • Let the feet be hip-distance apart.
  • Engage the muscles of the quads, core, and buttocks.
  • Inhale and shift the balance to the right leg.
  • Exhale and on the next inhale, lean the torso forward and lift the left leg.
  • Let the upper body come parallel to the floor and align the raised leg at hip level. Close the left hip, squaring both to the floor.
  • Extend the arms and join the palms.
  • With each inhalation, press the palms into each other. With each exhalation, lift the legs higher and allow the torso to come parallel to the floor.
  • Hold the posture for seven to nine breaths.
  • Inhale and gently release the raised legs. Release the palms and return to the beginning state.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose

Natarajasana for Two
Natarajasana for Two
  • In this pose, the partners join the palms of the opposite hands while lifting the legs of opposite sides.
  • Stand opposite each other about three feet away.
  • Exhale and shift the balance to one leg [One on the right and other on the left].
  • Lean forward and stretch out the arms on the same side of the balancing leg. Join the palms.
  • Supporting each other by pressing the palms, inhale, and lift the back leg. Bend the knee and hold with the corresponding palm.
  • Gently tilt the head back and gaze into each other’s eye.
  • With each inhalation, pull the bent knee away from the buttocks while pressing the palms into each other.
  • Hold the posture for seven breaths.
  • Exhale and gently release the bent leg at the same time. Release the palms and get back into the starting state.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – Pigeon Pose

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana with a Partner
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana with a Partner
  • Start the posture in Adho Mukha Svanasana facing each other.
  • Inhale and lift the right leg. Close the hips and square them to the floor. Engage the core muscles.
  • Exhaling, bring the right leg between the palms, resting the shin parallel to the shorter edge of the mat.
  • Rest the left leg on the mat, toes extending away from the body.
  • Adjust the body so close the hips and rest them on the floor.
  • Once stable, inhale and raise one or both palms.
  • Lean forward from the hips and allow the palms to come in contact.
  • Press the palms against each other and on the next exhale, if possible, arch back and look up. This will allow the chest to open up.
  • Hold the Asana for seven breaths.
  • Inhale and while exhaling, release the backbend gently.
  • Release the palms to the floor. Tuck the back toes, press the palms and lift the right leg into the sky. Exhale and release the leg back to come into Downward Facing Dog pose.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Parighasana – Gate Pose

Parighasana for two
Parighasana for two
  • Stand on the knees, both facing the same side, about three feet apart.
  • Stretch out the legs inward so that toes come into contact. Extend the toes of the other leg back and away from the body.
  • Rest the corresponding palms on the respective waists.
  • Straighten the spine and roll back the shoulders. Keep the neck neutral.
  • Engage the core muscles.
  • Inhale and lift the other arm over the head.
  • While exhaling, lean to the side of the extended leg, bringing the arms over the head.
  • If possible, allow the toes to come into contact.
  • Hold the posture, opening the chest to the ceiling, for seven breaths.
  • Inhale and gently release the side-bend and straighten the torso. Exhale, stretch out both legs and relax.
  • Turn to the opposite direction to repeat on the other side.

Release the pose and relax in Savasana to relish and cherish the practice.

Enjoy the practice by trusting the other person. Remain in stillness while allowing the body to honor itself, at the same time working towards a deeper experience. The above-mentioned yoga poses for two people can be practiced as a part of Vinyasa by including the triad – Chaturanga, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, and Adho Mukha Svanasana between the poses.

Last, but not the least, express gratitude to Mother Earth and the partner for this wonderful opportunity.

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