In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are Tony Horton’s five favorite partner yoga poses for you to try with your sweetie or a friend. These yoga poses will not only increase your strength and flexibility, they’re also a great way to spend quality time with your partner!
Schedule for Partner Yoga
Child’s Pose (0:35)
Kneel on the floor and sit on your heels, bringing your big toes together. Separate your knees hip width, and lower your chest forward and down. Reach your arms straight forward and hold onto your partner’s ankles.
Modified downward dog pose: Stand with feet hip-width apart and press the palms of your hands onto your partner’s low back. Take 5 deep breaths together. Switch positions, take 5 more deep breaths.
Chair Pose (1:50)
Stand facing your partner about three feet in front of you. Grasp one another’s forearms, and with feet hip-width apart, bend your knees and lower your hips. Inhale together once, and on the exhale, lower your hips so that your thighs are parallel with the mat, leaning back so that your knees are over your ankles. Keep your spine straight, chest open and shoulder blades down the back. To keep your neck in alignment with the rest of your spine, Tony recommends looking into your partner’s eyes. Hold for 5 deep breaths.
For more of a challenge, maintain the grip on one side while simultaneously raising the other arm, and take 2 deep breaths together. Return your hand to your partner’s forearm, then raise the other arm for 2 deep breaths, then return to grip both of your partner’s forearms. On an inhale, stand up together.
Boat Pose (2:45)
Sit on the floor with bent knees, facing your partner. Grab each other’s hands and press the soles of your feet together. Keeping your spine straight, chest open and shoulders down the back, lift your feet toward the ceiling by straightening your legs. Engage your core.
For more of a challenge, keep your arms stretched forward, but let go of your partner’s hands for 5 breaths, then return to hold hands for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.
Reverse Warrior Pose (4:15)
From standing, Partner 1 steps their right foot to the side three to four feet with toes pointed 90 degrees, front heel in line with back arch. Keeping the left leg straight, bend the right knee until it is over the ankle. Tuck in the tailbone slightly, stack shoulders over hips, and reach the arms out so that they’re parallel with the floor. Gaze out over the right arm.
Partner 2 places the right foot beside Partner 1’s left foot, and mirrors the posture. Both partners lower their back arms and hold hands. Next, both raise their front arms overhead and hold each other’s top hands, bending elbows to create a “heart.” Hold for 5 breaths.
Double Dog Dare (4:45)
Downward dog: Your hands and knees are on the floor in a table-top position, shoulders over wrists and hips over knees. Press your palms into the floor as you lift your hips and lengthen the spine. Straighten your legs and press your heels toward the floor. Roll your head gently left and right to relax the neck.
Lifted downward dog: Facing the same direction, place hands firmly on the floor just in front of your partner’s hands and lift your feet onto their low back. With spread palms, press into the floor to elongate your spine. With your feet, press into your partner’s low back to lift your tailbone higher. Take 5 deep breaths together. Switch positions; take 5 more deep breaths.
If you’re ready for more advanced partner yoga, try these acro yoga postures. Also, check out Beachbody’s Yoga Studio or 3 Week Yoga Retreat, where four yoga experts guide you through the foundations of yoga.