February is the month of love and to get you in the mood, here are 5 yoga poses you can do with your sweetheart (or best friends for that matter). Couples and friends that yoga together, stay together. So try these five yoga moves out!
Child’s Pose + Heroes Pose
This pose will offer a restorative child’s pose for one partner and a knee, hip, back and chest opener for the other. Start with one partner taking child’s pose.
Partner 1: Start on your hands and knees, walk your feet together so your big toes touch then untuck your toes so the top of your feet are on the mat. Spread your knees out a little further than hip distance apart and lean back, resting the bottom onto your heels. Walk your hands out until you are in a lying down position with your belly relaxing between your legs. Rest your forehead on the floor.
Partner 2: Taking the opposite position of your partner, start with your knees together and your feet spread out to rest on the outside edge of your partner’s arms. Rest your bottom between your partner’s arms near their head. Rest your back on your partner’s head and upper back and rest your head on their mid back. Expand your chest by releasing your arms open and out to the sides. Make sure your knees stay together; if it is difficult to do so, simply sit on a block instead of the floor.
Double Boat Pose
Boat pose will help strengthen your core and hip flexors. It is super fun and much easier to do with a partner. For this pose, both partners will sit facing each other. Place your feet together, engage your core and grab the hands of your partner as you both straighten your legs toward the sky. Keep your spine straight, core engaged and make sure you are balancing on your sits bones. For those of you who have a sensitive tailbone, feel free to place a blanket under your bottom.
Paired Reverse Warrior
The Paired Reverse Warrior will allow the two of you to hold hands while stretching out your torso, arms, neck, and hips. To get into this pose, you will each take a wide stance (about 4 or 5 feet) allowing one partner’s right foot to line up with the outside edge of the second partner’s left foot. Each partner turns the opposite foot out and bends that knee to line up with the ankle. Slide one hand down the straight leg and reach your other hand to meet your partner’s hand in the center.
Double Dancer Pose
Dancer pose is a great asana that helps your strengthen your legs, core, and back. It also stretches your arms, quadriceps, and stomach. This pose will start both of you facing each other with your toes pointed toward the other. Partner 1 bends their right knee and grabs hold of their foot with the right hand. Partner 2 bends their left knee and grabs hold of their foot with the left hand. Each partner now lifts the other hand to the sky and at the same time reaches toward the other. Touch hands and keep pressing your feet into your hands to stay balanced.
Paired Plow Pose
Plow pose is an interesting pose that allows for a very dynamic stretch for your neck, shoulders, spine, lower back, and hamstrings. Start in a lying down position with your legs extended out opposite from your partner (crown of the heads face each other). Use your core to lift your legs and bottom off the ground. Support your lower back with your hands and move your feet overhead, legs fully extended out. Keep your head very still. Do not look side-to-side due to the full pressure you are putting on it.
If you are looking for a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day with the one you love, think about pulling out a few of these smooth yoga moves to impress your partner.