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7 Fun Couples Yoga Poses To Build Trust & Intimacy

Connect with your partner on a deeper level with these 7 fun and simple couples yoga poses to help build trust & intimacy.

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Couples that do yoga together, nama-stay together.

Whether you’re married or have been dating for only a few months, looking for creative ways to connect with your partner and deepen the relationship is essential. Going out to dinner or seeing a movie are always great date night ideas, but finding unique ways to strengthen your bond will help both you and your partner communicate on a deeper level. 

Yoga has long been viewed as an individualistic activity, and is amazing for decreasing stress levels, boosting mood, and relaxing the body and mind. But yoga doesn’t always have to be a solo sesh. Couples yoga is a fun way to get all of these benefits and more, together!

What Is Couples Yoga?

Couples yoga is yoga, but better! Because you get to do it with the person you love. Maybe there are yoga poses you’ve attempted to do on your own but couldn’t, or maybe your partner has expressed interest in this type of exercise. 

No matter the reason, there are tons of benefits for doing partner yoga poses, and I’m going to tell you what they are below 🙂

Benefits Of Couples Yoga

Yes, engaging in couple yoga poses is an incredible way to strengthen your relationship and build trust and intimacy, but doing couples yoga doesn’t just have to come about if something is “off” with you and your partner. Couples yoga is great for any couple, at any time, at any stage. 

  • Quality time—Doing partner yoga poses is a great way to spend time together, because it’s a healthy way to spend time together!
  • Better communication—You can’t do couples yoga alone 😂, so communicating during practice is a must, which leads to openness, honesty, and understanding. 
  • Build trust & intimacy—Doing partner yoga poses together helps strengthen your bond, while building trust in your partner to support you and vise versa.
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Partners Yoga & Intimacy

Mirroring, matching, and moving with your significant other when doing couples yoga creates connection and intimacy, while also strengthening your communication with one another. Because you need your partner in order to move from one yoga pose to the next, you must communicate your wants, needs, and limits, and listen to your partner as they address theirs. This also includes non-verbal communication. Listen to what their body is telling you, and trust your partner to support you as you work with them also. 

Working out with exercises like yoga releases endorphins, the same endorphins that are released when you’re aroused, or sexually attracted to someone. With that being said, couples yoga has also been known to increase sexual attraction for both males and females.

Partner Yoga Poses 

1. Partner breathing

Let’s start with the basics. Partner breathing is the perfect place to start if you’re new to couples yoga. It allows you to ease into more difficult poses, and focus on your breathing to incite calm and chill out, together!

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How to do it

  1. Start in a seated position with your legs crossed and your backs resting against each other. 
  2. Take deep breaths as you inhale and exhale for about 3 minutes.

2. Partner forward fold

This pose is a great way to stretch out each other’s hamstrings. 

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How to do it

  1. Face each other in a seated position and extend your legs to form a “V” shape so the soles of your feet are touching.
  2. Extend your arms towards each other, inhale, and lengthen your spine.
  3. Exhale as one person folds forward from the hips and the other sits back.
  4. Relax, and take 5 breaths in that pose. Switch.

3. Double plank

This pose is great for your core and will allow you to build trust with your partner as you are holding each other up.

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How to do it

  1. Start with the strongest person on bottom, in plank position. Line up your wrists under your shoulders.
  2. Have the second partner face the feet of the person in plank, and step over their hips.
  3. Fold forward and grab onto the ankles of the partner in plank. 
  4. Hold for three to five breaths, then carefully step down one foot at a time.

4. Chair pose

This is a great intense stretch, made more intimate by facing your partner while doing it.

How to do it

  1. Stand facing your partner
  2. Grasp each other’s hands and step backward as far as you can.
  3. Using the leverage of your other half, sit back in squat position.
  4. Hold for several breaths.

5. Standing forward fold

Another amazing stretch for both you and your partner.

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How to do it

  1. Stand with your backs facing each other.
  2. Inhale and reach towards the sky.
  3. As you exhale, fold forward at your hips.
  4. Bring your chest towards your legs so that your face is facing your partners, upside down.
  5. Extend your arms towards each other and take several deep breaths before releasing.

6. Temple

This pose is great for opening up both the shoulders and chest. 

How to do it

  1. Face each other in standing position with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Inhale and extend your arms overhead, then gently lean forward at the hips until you meet hands with your partner. 
  3. Slowly fold forward bringing both of your elbows, forearms, and hands so that they rest against your partners.
  4. Rest equal weight against each other, and take several breaths. 

7. Buddy boat

This couple’s yoga pose stretches the hamstrings and lower back while working your core.

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How to do it

  1. Sit opposite your partner, with a half leg distance between you.
  2. Reach on the outside of your legs and grab your partner’s hands. 
  3. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together.
  4. Slowly straighten your legs to form the boat pose. 

The Bottom Line

Couples’ yoga is a great way to connect with your partner and build trust, intimacy, and healthy communication. If you’re not a “yogi” yet, start with these beginner poses and work your way up to more difficult ones with your partner. You’ll both have fun working towards a common goal that brings you closer. Once you and your partner feel more comfortable with couples yoga, you can spice things up a little bit more and try out these steamy kama sutra positions to burn some extra calories! 

About The Author

Samantha Wasielewski

Nutrition Enthusiast

Samantha is a wellness and lifestyle writer from Chicago Illinois, obsessed with food and fitness. She loves putting healthy twists on not-so-healthy food favorites that everyone can enjoy. You can often find her at the beach reading and writing, or playing with her BFF Milton (the cutest dog you’ve ever seen).

  • MA Communication Studies

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