Yoga can be a whole family experience. Touch is magic and such an integral part of family bonding. Partner yoga is a great way for families to do yoga together. It doesn’t have to be super fancy acrobatic poses. Just find ways in which you can connect your bodies in the poses.
This is a standing balancing pose that strengthens all the parts of the leg, opens the hips and aligns the spine. Stand on one leg and twist open your right leg so that you’ve created a kickstand with your foot. Either choose to balance here or clasp your right ankle and slowly draw your right foot up to your inner thigh. With your toes pointing down, press your right foot against your thigh as your thigh pushes against your foot. Reach your arms up to the sky as if you are growing branches. Be sure to balance in tree pose on the other foot.
Make it fun: What type of tree can you be? Make your branches into different postures to be different types of trees. Have someone be a powerful wind to see if your tree falls down!
This is a squatting pose that strengthens the ankles, stretches the knees and hips, and lengthens the spine. Squat down, bending your knees with your hands in between your feet. Clap your hands together while pressing your knees apart.
Make it fun: Ribbit like a frog, catch flies with your tongue or jump up and down on your lily pad.
This is a seated balancing pose that builds core strength. Partners sit facing each other, bringing feet to touch the other's. Holding hands, make sure your legs are in between your arms. Bend your knees slightly. One foot at a time, slowly push the other's foot to lift one leg off the floor followed by the other one.
Make it fun: Sing ™Row, Row, Row Your Boat∫ or try to rock your boat from side to side.
Starfish on a rock
This is a resting pose that makes for the perfect way to end your day and then get into bed. One partner is a smooth rock that starts in Child's pose. The other partner starts by sitting on the rock's bottom and slowly leans back until the whole body is resting on the rock. The starfish keeps straight legs and feet on the floor for stability. You may have to wiggle around a bit to find the most comfortable spot. Both partners then stretch their arms over their heads to grab for each other's hands. Make it fun: As the rock, take big deep breaths so that the starfish moves up and down slowly for an even better back massage.
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