I just told you how to do Seated Forward Bend on your own, so now you can try it with a partner. It feels amazing since you can have your partner gently pull you into a deeper stretch for your hamstrings and lower back.
It's so important to communicate when doing Partner Yoga. Be sure to speak up and say "pull harder," or "that's too much," or "stay there," or "I've had enough."
This pose is called Double Sandwich, named by my girls, because when we do Kids Yoga, a Seated Forward Bend is called "Sandwich." Here's how to get into it:
- Begin sitting on the ground with your legs straight out in front of you. Place the soles of your feet against your partner's feet.
- Both partners bend forward at the hips, reaching for your partner's hands. If you can't reach, hold onto one end of a small towel or strap, and have your partner hold the other end.
- Gently pull each other closer. As you get deeper into the stretch, you can move your hands closer to each other. Relax your shoulders away from your ears, and let your forehead release down to your legs.
- Stay here for at least 5 deep breaths, or as long as you want.