I love doing yoga alone, but there is something amazing and profound about practicing with someone else. Partner Yoga is an equal exchange of giving and receiving, using the healing power of touch. It's about making a connection with yourself, with another, and with the world around you using the breath and the body. As you move in harmony with another, you share physical and emotional support, respect, encouragement, laughter, and joy.
If you're interested in learning more about Partner Yoga, you must check out this DVD called Together: The Art of Partnered Yoga by Mishabae ($17.99 through Amazon). Her explanations are easy to understand and follow, with modifications for beginners included.
In the four "Energy Sequences," she and a partner demonstrate the flow of poses with only music, so you can get a sense of the movements. If you want to hear the explanation of those four sequences (which is really helpful), there is also a segment called "Instructional Sequences," so you can better understand how to get into the poses.
The sequences are creative and inspirational, filled with compassion and serenity. Just watching these two people move together with dance-like grace to the peaceful music is extremely calming - just imagine what it will feel like when you do it.
Fit's Tips: Partner Yoga isn't just for "lovers." Any two people can benefit from practicing yoga together as a way to stretch your muscles and deepen your relationship. It's for mother and daughter, sister and brother, or two close friends. Through your combined yoga practice, together you achieve what wouldn't be possible on your own.