Yoga for couples

Yoga for couples
Why not try breaking new ground? Get close with a partner yoga practice, and see how you can use it to strengthen your connection while having fun together.

A form of Hatha yoga in which partners support each other in modified asana (yoga pose) sequences, partner yoga is an increasingly popular concept that's been interpreted in a variety of ways — from AcroYoga to Couples Yoga to Mom-and-Baby Yoga. Each offers a unique opportunity to relate deeply to another person — whether it’s someone with whom you plan (or hope) to share your life, or a new friend you’ve just met in class.

Working with a partner can also help you move beyond your own self-limiting ideas of what you can and can’t do, says yoga teacher and healing artist Mishabae Mahoney from Bainbridge Island, Wash. Mahoney has developed a system of partner yoga called Balance Arts, a flowing vinyasa yoga practice focused on strengthening bonds between couples. Her book Lovers’ Knot: The Art of Sensual Partner Yoga guides individual and partnered practices that explore yoga and sex as powerful healing arts.

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