Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility and strength, quiet your mind, and connect with your partner. There are a ton of ways to use yoga to connect with your special someone. You can use one of the ideas below as your Valentine’s Day plan, a date night, or just a way to reconnect after a long week!
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Different Ways to Do Yoga with Your Partner
Find an Acro Yoga Class
Last Valentine’s Day, I went online and searched for an Acro Yoga class or workshop. If you have never heard of Acro Yoga, it’s pretty amazing and you should definitely check out this post and this post. There were a few being offered around Valentine’s day. I ended up signing us up for an Acro Yoga Workshop at Devenadi (where I later enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training). It was my first experience with Acro Yoga and I loved it. Acro Yoga with your partner requires trust, communication, and compassion for each other. What an amazing way to build up your relationship skills while having fun at the same time.
Thai Body Massage Workshop
While on my search for an Acro Yoga Workshop, I came across a Thai Body Massage Workshop at Devanadi. The description was
“Based on the northern style of traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran), Thai Yoga Bodywork is a sacred and ancient healing treatment that integrates Yoga, Ayurveda, and Buddhist spiritual practice. Unique from other types of bodywork and massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork combines rhythmic massage, assisted Yoga poses, acupressure along energy meridians, healing energy work, and meditation. This is a great add-on for yoga teachers, massage therapists, bodyworkers, energy workers, or anyone wishing to learn more about this amazing style of healing with roots in Yoga and Ayurveda.”
This also sounded like an amazing way to spend Valentine’s Day. Since I couldn’t decide between this and the Acro Yoga my wonderful husband suggested we do both! The workshop was amazing. It was relaxing and romantic. We walked away with many techniques that we could use to reconnect in the future.
Take a Yoga Class Together
When there aren’t an Acro Yoga or Thai Body Massage classes in your area you can always attend a “regular” class together. If sweating together is your thing try a vinyasa or power class. If you want to relax together try a yin or restorative class. I often find men like power yoga because they are naturally pretty good that the strength piece of these classes. It makes them feel like they are in their own element. So if your guy is hesitant to try yoga you might want to give power yoga might be your best bet.
A long time ago I bought the book Lovers’ Yoga, Soothing Stretches for Two. It’s a little book that is broken up into sections. Each section has a theme (playful, powerful, patient, etc.) and several stretches you can do with your partner to evoke that theme. The directions are simple and come with illustrations. I continue to go back to it years later because it is such an easy way to connect to my partner. The good new is that you can find it on Amazon for really cheap. I like the idea of using a book instead of a video sometimes because it’s nice to have “no screen time” together.
Guide Each other through Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is similar to guided meditation. Yogascript.com describes it as:
Yoga Nidra is a practice in total systematic conscious relaxation. This state is reached by separating the external awareness of the physical body through various stages. It results in a state where you are asleep with a trace of awareness. Thus relaxing both the mind and the body deeply. Daily practice of yoga nidra can transform your life and personality.
I think it would be a wonderful way to show your partner love and compassion if you lead them through this relaxation technique. If you google “Yoga Nidra Script” you can find one that appeals to you. Then turn down the lights, get comfy, and loving lead your partner through Yoga Nidra.
When Should You Do Yoga with Your Partner?
Anytime! Special occasions, date night, after a hard day, when you feel like to need to reconnect, when you want to do something that isn’t staring at a screen together, the list could go on and on! These activities build trust, communication, passion, and joy. Who doesn’t want more of that in their relationship?!
Is there anything that I missed? How do you use yoga with your partner? Comment below!