No matter what holiday is approaching, we have two choices: we can go the easy route and follow the trends of gifts and filler activities, or we can proactively choose to connect and find intimacy in ways that we may have forgotten over the years of grueling schedules, kids, school, work, etc. One of the sweetest and most effective ways to find this connection is through partner yoga practices.
If you haven’t tried partner yoga yet, here’s 5 reasons to roll out a mat for you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day:
It’s a fast track to Union:
Partner yoga brings traditional yoga principles into the realm of relationship, allowing a deeper physical, emotional and energetic connection with your partner. My teacher describes partner yoga as an accelerated path to Union and I fully agree: I’ve found a deeper bond both with my man and with myself.
It helps us reconnect:
Making time to connect is especially important in harder times—times when intimacy and stillness may seem like a distant dream. You’d be surprised what a simple 20 minute partner yoga practice can do to get rid of the superficial worries and lingering complaints we may hold against our loved one. I like to remind people the heart of the teachings from A Course In Miracles: “Only love is real, everything else is an illusion.”
It feels really good:
Imagine getting (and giving!) a constant source of yummy, effective hands-on adjustments in each and every pose. In partner yoga, we have a “no enduring” rule: everything should feel good for both partners. And with proper alignment and instruction, it can feel downright amazing. People often find themselves experiencing a much deeper expression of poses than in their individual practice.
It keeps things fresh:
As all couples will agree, once the honeymoon phase is over, you’ve got to put in effort to keep things new and exciting. Partner yoga is an invitation into a sacred journey of discovery, figuring out how to work with your bodies, their specific needs and limitations. It’s a lot like riding a tandem bicycle together—both partners pull equal weight but have a different impact on the ride. The simple thrill of figuring out that one pose feels better when your partner’s hand is here instead of there is a fun, nourishing and easy way to keep things fresh. And yes, it does make for a great lead to foreplay if you’re so inclined.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving:
Like any new practice, there can be a learning curve while you begin to understand the basics of the work. At the beginning you may want to invest in a partner yoga workshop, online class or iPhone appto help get started. Once you have the basics down, you can practice together anytime, anywhere.
So this Valentine’s Day, give your loved one a gift that is authentic, inexpensive and totally from the heart.