Originating from India, yoga involves a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual practices that are widely used for health and relaxation. Yoga is a great form of exercise that can improve your mental and physical health, and while the practices associated with yoga are usually done alone, there are also poses that involve two partners doing them together.
Doing these practices with your partner can be extremely beneficial to both of you and your relationship. They can help you get closer to each other, create happy memories, practice intimacy, and relax—all in the comfort of your home. Let’s dive into five more ways incorporating partner yoga can benefit you, your partner, and your relationship.
Boost Communication and Trust
As you move through yoga poses with your partner, you’ll have to trust them to lift you up and provide the support you need (literally). Without complete trust that they will take care of you, the pose will fall apart and leave you both lying on the floor. On top of the physical support you need to provide one another, breathing together has also been shown to help you become more attuned to your partner. Matching their moves and breathing can strengthen your bond.
Doing these poses can also help you communicate with each other, both verbally and nonverbally. Through slight touches and shifts in your poses, you will be able to find the best position to support both of you without collapsing. There are even specific partner exercises that are designed to help you embrace trust and communication.
Improve Your Sex Life
Partner yoga can also strengthen the intimacy in your relationship and boost your sex drive. According to one study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, yoga can improve sexual functioning in men, including erectile dysfunction, ejaculation control, performance, and desire. Yoga can likely improve your sex life because of the touch involved in the poses, especially in partner yoga.
It has been so beneficial for some couples to incorporate partner yoga into their relationships that therapists have begun to recommend it to their clients to help them create stronger relationships and regain intimacy together.
Create a Sense of Balance in Your Relationship
Balance is one of the most important aspects of yoga, especially when doing it with a partner. There is no giving or receiving in partner yoga as you both need to equally support each other in every yoga pose to remain stable and secure. This provides a perfect sense of balance in the relationship. Going through the motions together can also help you both find the support you need and feel more comfortable expressing this with one another.
Similarly, your partner can serve as a mirror during your yoga session, helping you find the proper balance and alignment you need to remain upright. Just think of them as a yoga teacher who knows you better than anyone else. As you continue to practice, your balance will improve, both individually and with your partner.
Reduce Anxiety and Stress
Stress may be a reason why you and your partner feel more distant than usual. Not only can yoga help you release some of this tension and relax, but it can also give you the chance to work through anything on your mind. As a result, you can be a more supportive partner and connect to your loved one in new ways.
Doing yoga together offers an extra boost to stress relief because of your partner’s touch. Merely touching each other can reduce anxiety and help you release the tension that has manifested itself in your body.
Increase Relationship Satisfaction
With all these benefits combined, couples yoga can also increase overall satisfaction in your relationship. As you and your partner work together to support each other physically, you will be able to connect to each other in new ways as well. That bond will only grow stronger as you concentrate on one another and spend some real quality time together. Plus, just spending time together and exploring new activities will cause you to feel closer and more comfortable.
Whether you want to practice yoga to relieve stress, improve your physical health, or give your relationship an extra boost, it is sure to offer you several significant benefits. So, when you next have some time, ask your partner to lay out a yoga mat and stretch with you. You’ll both thank yourselves for it later.