Couples Yoga for Beginners: Yoga for Couples, the Possibilities are Endless
Yoga is a fantastic method of strengthening your mental and
physical health. Oftentimes when we think yoga, we think about a practice done individually, however, these benefits are not limited to the individual. Yoga
for couples is a great chance to build a deeper relationship with your partner. Not just that however, bringing in the calming nature of this practice, has the potential to be a great avenue to escape stress faced often in our own daily routines.
Often we think about counseling for couples when helping to get through difficult relationship obstacles, but what about trying complementary or alternative forms of therapy, like yoga, to help connect our minds and bodies through touch and focus, as oppose to just verbal communication. Focusing in on our breathing (pranayama), meditative practices, or asanas, may be a great alternative form of therapy to bring us closer together.
* Interesting fact: Yoga has actually been studied and linked to couples overcoming infertility and increasing assisted reproductive technology (ART) success rates. This happens mainly due to the positive effects on both the physiological and psychological states of both men and women, according to one study. Yoga may also be beneficial for individuals undergoing interpersonal crises.
On top of the potential for mental well-being, you're also benefitting from the physical potentials of yoga practices, which include better flexibility, balance, strength and better body alignment, making you more capable of completing activities of daily living with less aches and pains.
The only problem is that doing yoga alone can be challenging enough for the beginner, when you add an entirely separate person, the challenge can seem enormous. Continue reading this guide covering the basics of couples yoga for beginners, and you will learn about the various benefits that yoga can potentially bring into your relationship.
One key difference between couples yoga and yoga for the
individual is the poses and postures become a coordinated effort. To be
successful when practicing couples yoga, the partners must be synchronized and
clearly communicate their intentions to their partners, oftentimes in non-verbal ways, creating a greater trust between the two.
The main potential benefit is that this communication will not stop on the yoga mat. Learning how to communicate with your partner during yoga, effectively will spill over into your relationship by allowing you to communicate more effectively in all areas of your relationship.
In fact, Cain Carrol, co-author of Partner Yoga: Making Contact for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Growth, discusses this very concept. Not only are these poses great for the physical self, but partner yoga is a platform in which to build stronger communication and intimacy between people.
To be successful in couples yoga, each partner must trust
the other to provide the support needed to maintain the correct posture in the
In order for this to happen, partners need to be able to communicate
with the other through alternative methods other than talking. This means each
partner must learn how the other works and figure out how to be there for them,
using many nonverbal clues.
Partner yoga, according to CNN, is designed to connect people via the "somatosensory system, also known as the sense of touch." This sensation of touch can help to emotional connect more effectively, improving even dopamine release, a neurotransmitter made in the brain, oftentimes released during pleasurable situations.
This will facilitate a deeper connection and develop a deeper level of intimacy and trust.
Making the choice to attend a weekly yoga class with your
partner will create valuable time in your busy schedule to focus only on each
other. Without the distraction of your daily hustle and bustle, you will be
forced to give all of your attention to your partner and build a stronger
This will allow you to discover new aspects of your partner and ultimately create more in-depth, stronger bonds with one another.
Lower Stress Levels:
Stress can be disastrous to any relationship. You could find
yourself at odds with your partner over the smallest things frequently without
an outlet to release the tensions brought on by daily stress.
Couples yoga for beginners (like doing yoga solo) will allow the partners to release stress and let go of the things that don't matter in the larger picture. This is an essential skill that needs to be learned in any relationship, and a yoga mat is the perfect place to learn these valuable relationship tools.
Many studies have been conducted linking mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga to the reduction in conditions such as stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms, all of which can be harmful to relationships of any kind.
Better Sex Life:
Another benefit of couples yoga is having the potential for a better sex life, likely do to the increased communication involved through touch and movement during your practice. Doing yoga can increase the sex drive of both partners, according to one study which focused on mindfulness practices. The study showed mindfulness to "significantly improve several aspects of sexual response and reduce sexual distress in women with arousal disorders."
This is likely due to the
physical touching and synchronized movement involved in couples yoga.
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According to one study out of Loyola University Health System, partner yoga may help those couples who struggle with sexual dysfunction. Susan Walsh, a psychologist and certified yoga instructor discusses this very issue stating, "partner yoga can clear negative energy that can develop in marriages over time, and help a couple reconnect, becoming comfortable with touch and intimacy".
The intimate connections formed when partners move and breathe in sync with each other will lead to a deeper physical and emotional connection. This is one reason why some relationship therapists are suggesting couples yoga, to add a little romance back into a relationship.
What a fun thing you can add into your relationship to help not only manage your own stress levels, but hopefully build a stronger bond between partners. You can even add in some yoga props, like yoga cork blocks or yoga straps to add to the difficulty in routine.
We hope you enjoyed the read and can know go out there and practice yoga with your partner. Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!