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Partner Stretching Can Greatly Enhance Your Practice


PARTNER YOGA POSES: THE POWER OF CONNECTIVITY

 Here’s an excerpt from an article I enjoyed, by LAUREN FERRIER, a freelance journalist, creative writer and blogger who has written for several publications, including Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, The Culture Trip, Colorado Yoga Magazine and Gaia. She in finishing her studies in Journalism and Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. You can read more of her work at http://www.laurafarrieryoga.com/blog/
TriYoga Senior Teacher Gina Kray assisting

Want to heighten your yoga experience? Deepen your practice through body and mind with partner yoga. Partner yoga is a practice for any level of yogi. It can be done with a friend, loved one or acquaintance. You will learn to strengthen your practice by creating a greater sense of awareness in your own body while also paying close attention to the presence and movements of your partner.

    


Things to keep in Mind with a PARTNER PRACTICE

·         Partner yoga does not have to be complicated to be beneficial
·         Partner yoga can simply be sitting back-to-back with your partner and breathing. It can be meditative. It can be as simple as massaging your partner’s back after a stretch or wiggling your partner’s legs after the standing series.
·         Partner yoga works on the same principles as individual yoga: Listen to your body and do what feels right. Challenge yourself, but only to a healthy limit
·    If you’re new to partner yoga, take time to build strength, stability and flexibility in order to grow in the practice. Remember that in any form of yoga, there is no competition.
START WITH A SIMPLE PARTNER YOGA POSE
Partner yoga can be a challenge for even the most advanced practitioner: It doesn’t matter how many hours you have spent on your mat, how many downward dogs or side crows you have done in your life. Maybe you are focused and resilient but need to work on your strength. Maybe you are strong and advanced in your movements but need to work on the act of giving yourself to your partner in a selfless manner.

LEARN THE ART OF BALANCING/connecting WITH YOUR PARTNER
Partner yoga poses exist to teach us how to gain better awareness and alignment of the body through precise adjustments and articulated movements.
Partner yoga is for everyone. It is about trust and connection. It is about feeling the electric sensation between you and another person. It has the power to strengthen bonds between friends, unite strangers and fuse people together in a new way. Partner yoga has the powerful ability to create a profound level of intimacy between two people. The combination of breath, balance, trust and connection create for a unity that is unlike any other. Partner Yoga is not just about you. It is a practice that focuses on the unity of two. Listen to your partner's needs. Are they comfortable? Do they feel supported? Do they feel capable of holding you in a pose? Are they calm and present? Through the power of breath and touch, you will be able to sense your partner's physical and emotional state. And help them have a deeper stretch and experience.
Just as we protect our family, friends and loved ones, we must protect each other when practicing partner yoga. Emotionally and physically, we must rely on each other to reach the ultimate goal of unity and connection.

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