Yoga for two, partner yoga, couple’s yoga, or acro yoga – it’s got a lot of names, but it’s all the same thing. Partner yoga is essentially practicing yoga with somebody completing your practice with you.
This isn’t like your typical class where you’re next to one person or behind another though. This type of yoga, be it your significant other, friend, or someone in your class you’re meeting for the first time, is actually practiced using your partner to deepen your yoga sequence. Your partner will add to your yoga practice, just as you will add to theirs.
Yoga poses, or asanas, will be done a variety of ways during partner yoga. One example is doing the same pose as your partner, but being somehow connected, such as holding hands or using each other for balance. You can see this in a Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana) where you grasp hands and pull your bodies towards one another’s for a deeper stretch.
Sometimes you won’t be doing the same pose at all, but may be doing total opposite poses. As one partner rounds the spine in Child’s Pose (Balasana), the other may come to rest on top of that partner’s back in a supported Corpse Pose (Savasana) that opens the back by using their partner’s curled position.
Yoga for two is an exciting type of yoga to explore. Not only will you learn about a friend, lover’s, or new person’s boundaries, but you will also learn about your own. If this has piqued your interest, continuing reading to learn a little more about this connected yoga style.