Research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, asthma, arthritis, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other diseases.Yoga also helps improve muscle tone, flexibility, strength, stamina, boost self-esteem, improve concentration and creativity, circulation and stimulate the immune system.

When yoga can help you in these and many other ways, how it is practiced is of utmost importance. And practitioners of yoga are lucky in the sense that it is an extremely versatile art. It can be either practiced in solitude, or in a more social atmosphere of a class.
There is another fruitful way you can practice yoga and that is by combining the skills and support of another person. The benefits and advantages of practicing yoga with partners and friends are many.

Often, the classical asanas in yoga can seem tough, daunting and far removed from an individual's ability and that is when practicing with partners help. Pairing up to do yoga acknowledges human limitations so that there is a greater sense of personal achievement and the whole experience is positive and enriching.

Yoga postures can be enjoyably developed and extended using the support and guidance of a partner. Doing yoga with a partner's support can be especially helpful when there are restrictions because of injury or individual capability.
The contact and assistance of a partner can enhance and develop the posture within individual ability. There is also the advantage of promoting an atmosphere of greater relaxation because you are practicing it with a person you trust and are confident about.

Union is the essence of yoga. Partner Yoga or Yoga for Couples is a gentle practice which combines yoga and massage.  Joining in postures and stretches while supporting each other, enhances awareness while also bringing new depth to one’s connection.  The practice takes you to a place where you can take a retreat from your normal self and be focused on play.  

Partner Yoga focuses the mind. It increases strength and flexibility which are done in the spirit of nurturing and child-like play.   The practice builds trust, communication and intimacy on verbal and non-verbal levels.  You learn to practice enforcing your boundaries and limits in a spirit of compassion.

Yoga for couples is a fun adventure into intimacy, play and relaxation. The poses are simply a way for couples to step deeper into their being. When you stretch with your partner, you melt each others tensions. Whether your relationship is fresh or stale, working together in yoga can potentially renew your connection with your self and your significant other.

When you feel safe and supported you develop the courage to trust others and the strength to confront your fears and embrace your true self.  Partner Yoga uses various movements and poses to focus the mind and increase strength, stamina and flexibility which are done in the spirit of nurturing and play.  Since yoga is usually such an internally-focused practice, being focused on your significant other is a way to enrich not only your own spirit but your loved one’s as well.

Partner Yoga is a wholesome way to learn surrender, build trust, and deepen intimacy. If you have never done partner yoga before, it is both meaningful and fun, and people say that they feel more open-hearted. To find a class suitable for your fitness and body type, make sure to ask the teacher before-hand if previous yoga experience is required and if the poses are physically challenging.  If you are a beginner, take a class that has gentle poses that are not done in a hot room.

Some poses challenge your balance and strength.  Others require your total trust and surrender. Each exercise and breathing technique uses the power of the partnership. Partners can often achieve more than if they were practicing alone.  This yoga style requires no special equipment and can be done in any open space."  

There are various levels of partner yoga and other more advanced forms are called Acro-Yoga, (Acrobatic Yoga). This practice is best suited to those that are more advanced in their yoga practice and is best done with a spotter or helper since many of the poses are more acrobatic and adventurous in nature.  They also challenge balance and strength and on can fall out of position more easily since they are acrobatic in nature.

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