The Couple Who Practices Together, Stays Together
I have been practicing yoga for many years now, but I am so lucky to finally have someone by my side to accompany me in this journey. Having taken acroyoga classes before, I knew what I was getting myself into; but my fiancée, who is just starting yoga didn't. Usually, the amount of work and strength needed to get into an acroyoga asana is enormous. What struck me the most is that with him it was a lot easier than I thought! Our energies combined into one and gave us that one final push to endure the full asana. With him just starting yoga, this was a giant leap into unknown, but we did it. We are now practicing more and more each day and loving the process! I am so blessed to be able to do what I love the most with the man who I love the most. Practicing together brought us even closer—I feel absolutely connected to him during our practice. My inhale is his inhale and his exhale is my exhale. Being connected to someone physically, mentally, intimately and spiritually—that is what true love is all about.
3 Tips for Couples New to Partner Yoga
Partner yoga is definitely challenging, not only because of the difficulty of the poses, but also because it takes your relationship to a whole new level. You may think you know everything about your partner. Yoga will help you discover something completely new.
The MOST important aspect of Partner Yoga is patience. Balancing in asanas is hard itself. Imagine balancing on someone else? It takes a lot of nerves to do a single pose, especially if you’re a beginner. Calm yourself and be prepared for lots of falling down, bruises and awkward positions. Deal with them with laughter. If you feel yourself getting irritated or nervous because you keep on failing, stop and try again tomorrow. Don’t turn something wonderful into an argument.
Focus on your partner, listen to his body and don’t try to do more than he/she can. Partner yoga is not a competition. Align your bodies together and try to breathe in unison. This will help a lot! If your mind starts wandering, focus back! You can injure your partner if you are not concentrated enough. Be present and strong. Strong posture will prevent most of the possible bad outcomes.
3. Have Fun!
Turn partner yoga into a fun date. Laugh when you fall, listen to some music, set goals and reward yourself upon achieving them, motivate and inspire each other, and most importantly…LOVE.
Karla Tafra, Yoga Teacher
Karla Tafra is a yoga teacher from Croatia, now living in Malaga, Spain. She first encountered yoga as a way to heal her back problems over ten years ago, and has continued practicing ever since. Her love towards yoga led her to become a teacher, and she completed her RYT200 at Gaia Yoga School in Croatia. She loves sharing her experience with others, seeing progress in her students and discovering everyday how much she can affect others, while improving herself.