In this post, I’ll break down three partner yoga poses you can try with your friends and family this holiday week!
Partner yoga is so fun because you get to share the experience with someone else. I am definitely that person at a family party or friendsgiving talking about the benefits of yoga and/or inviting everyone to come to class. 🙂 I remember at one family party, my brother’s girlfriend and I tried a partner yoga pose (it was one where she got into high plank on the floor facing one way and I stacked my plank on top of hers facing the other way) in the living room just for fun!
The great thing is you don’t need to be an advanced yogi to try these. Alright, let’s go!
Headstand x Dancer’s Pose
This pose connects headstand and dancer’s pose. Before you start, check out my headstand tutorial here.
So step one, one of you get into headstand (for more advanced yogis, you can try it with handstand or one-legged wheel pose). The partner that will do dancer’s pose should capture both of your ankles to stabilize both of you.
Once you both feel stable with your foundation, your partner will start to remove one hand away and take his/her palm and capture the inside arch of her foot or ankle. Make sure this partner’s shoulder opens outward and the eye of her elbow faces out to protect her shoulder.
For you in headstand, keep your breath steady and core engaged. For you in dancer’s, kick your foot back into your palm to lift your leg higher. Find one steady point that isn’t moving to focus your gaze on. Hold the pose as long as you’d like and slowly release.
Balance out right and left and take turns being the headstand partner!
Handstand x Legs up the Wall Pose
This is a really fun way to practice your handstand with some help! Have one partner get into legs up the wall. This partner gets to chill for a bit! Stand in front of your partner about one leg’s distance but facing away. Then go into forward fold, on an inhale lift your spine halfway and then plant your palms shoulder width distance apart. Try to have your wrist creases parallel in one line. Lift your right leg as if you were going into standing splits, then connect that foot to your partner’s. Then lift your left leg to connect your other foot. Now you’re in handstand!
Your hands will be pretty far forward at first, so hug your lower core in and wrap your front ribs in, then walk your hands back slowly closer to your partner. As you do this, keep pressing your feet into your partner’s to help you get your hips stacked over your shoulders.
The best part? You get to jump off! Take turns being the handstand partner.
Locust or Bow x Legs up the Wall Pose
This one is really fun and requires some bravery and lots of trust and communication! One of you go into legs up the wall. Have your partner stand in front of you then interlace your hands with hers. Bend your knees then place your feet in a V position on her hips. The trick here is your toes should be right around her hip bones for a stable foundation. Grip your partner’s hips with your toes.
Bend your knees a lot and stabilize your hips. Ask your partner to lean her weight into your feet. Use your hands to draw her closer to parallel to the ground. At this point, she is balancing on top of your feet.
Then here’s the trick, once your hips are stable, imagine yourself at the leg press machine and press out through your legs. For the flying partner, engage your spine and core as you balance and be fearless here! The next important trick for you is to use your toes. Imagine you are playing piano on their hips with your toes; this will really help you balance!
Once you both feel confident and stable, start to release your hands.
Then you can play with resting your arms on the ground and the flying partner can go into floor bow pose.
Then gently release your partner and take turns being the flyer!
As you can see, we had so much fun playing with these poses! Hope you do too and let me know in the comments below!